Inkling, by Kenneth Oppel, is a remarkable story I fell in love with,the moment I started reading it. You just can’t help but fall in love with the sweet little character ” Inkling” and the family he joins to help. We meet Ethan and his family at a difficult time, their mother has recently passed and everyone is struggling to keep going. Ethan has trouble at school, and Dad a famous comic artist, has lost all his imagination for his comic books.
Besides all the trouble Ethan has a project going on at school he is supposed to draw a comic with a group of his friends and he is struggling to make the art for it .Ethan does not think he’s as good and talented as his father, everyone teases him a little bit about it and Ethan has a really hard time dealing with it as father doesn’t have time to give him any lessons and isn’t inspired to work with him. Ethan and his little sister feel quite lonely and wish they could get their Dad out of his funk.
Just when everything seems lost, Inling comes to life. Inkling is an ink spot that comes from his fathers sketch book and because of Inkling everything changes. Inkling is on a mission to find a special something, that’s been lost before their mother passed away and that will help them to keep going and find happiness once again.
The book is full of strong characters. Ethan is a wonderful boy that most kids can probably relate to, also his little sister is a great addition to the story, she has down syndrome and is just such a sweet little girl that lightens the mood of the book. Inkling is what everyone in the house needs, someone to listen to, someone to play with and someone to grief with. But just when you think their world has been flipped for the better things start going wrong and inkling is in big danger., so the story line really keeps you excited.
It’s been a while that i fell in love with a kids book. The opening sentence was a winner by itself and after reading it, I was hooked and I found myself reading on chapter after chapter to see what would happen to Inking next. I think in the end we all would love to have our very own Inkling at home. I loved all the characters in the book from Inkling, Ethan’s family and their cat to the even ,rather mean Vika at school. The book had a heart warming tone throughout, with just the right amount of emotion and a mix of suspense and action. The added artwork throughout made inkling come alive even more in my imagination. A wonderful book with a great message for kids 8 and up ! A refreshing new book that will make bring joy to many children !