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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (154 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emily Jenkins Narrator: Michael Goldstrom Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9780062104649
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The thing about Hank's new friend Inkling is, he's invisible.

No, not imaginary. Inkling is an invisible bandapat, a creature native only to the Peruvian Woods of Mystery. (Or maybe it is the Ukrainian glaciers. Inkling hardly ever gets his stories straight.)

Now Inkling has found his way to Brooklyn and into Hank's laundry basket on his quest for squash—bandapats' favorite food. But Hank has bigger problems than helping Inkling fend off maniac doggies and search for yummy pumpkins: Bruno Gillicut is a lunch-stealing dirtbug caveperson and he's got to be stopped. And who better to help stand up to a bully than an invisible friend?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thoughtfully grounded, gently kooky…Jenkins colors her mostly realistic tale with enough bits of mystery and silliness to hold readers’ attention. Even those who don’t know what to make of Inkling can appreciate that Hank’s sentiments and actions always ring true.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Listening to this quirky story…is sure to put a smile of listener’s faces…Narrator Michael Goldstrom matches Inkling’s mysterious background with an ambiguously shifting accent. He colors Emily Jenkins’ clever story with enthusiasm that highlights the humor in every predicament.”

    AudioFile

  • “A mix of wild humor, fantasy, and sadness…Readers will recognize Hanks’ conflicting feelings about the desire to win and what it can make you do.”

    Booklist

  • “Young chapter-book readers will relate to Hank’s predicament, enjoy his wild imagination, and wonder whether Inkling is real until the very end.”

    Library Journal

  • “Hilarious and heartwarming…[a] straightforward, zippy plot, likable characters, and believable family, with just the right attention to Hank’s adjustment to life after his best friend has moved away.”

    Horn Book magazine

  • “A gently humorous and nicely realistic (with the obvious exception of the invisible Peruvian Bandapat) tale about coping with the loss of a lifelong best friend.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 1/19/2014

    " Nice early chapter book. I can see third graders, especially boys, really getting into this story of a boy and his invisible pet. My only quibble with the book is that, when Hank is being bullied he does the right thing and goes to an adult. In fact, he goes to several adults, and none of them help him at all! Very frustrating to have that "it doesn't do any good to tell the teacher," mentality reinforced by the books we give children to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Styling Librarian | 12/30/2013

    " Quite a cute little story. Original as always with Emily Jenkins. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 12/22/2013

    " 8 year old loved it and laughed a lot through it. I always love Emily Jenkins' writing. My one misgiving is how Hank is bullied and my frustration that it's kind of brushed off by the adults - esp his teacher. Very much looking forward to the next ones! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/30/2013

    " Recommend for 3rd-early 4th grade reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 10/27/2013

    " I don't know if I loved this book because it is based on my favorite ice cream store, or if it is because just a really nice, well written story. Either case, this is a great option for realistic fiction readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynossa | 10/25/2013

    " Very cute and nice reading. Although it's a bit too short for me to fall in love; I wish it's longer though. Review will follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 9/25/2013

    " This was cute. Funny take on the imaginary friend concept. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 7/11/2013

    " Bandapats are so cute! Too bad they're invisible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 6/28/2013

    " I prefer Emily Jenkins "toy" books, but the boy and I just finished reading this together and he loved it! We even bought it for a classmate's birthday next week. So, I'd give it a 3 and he'd probably give it a 4. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 6/21/2013

    " Cute! I'm looking forward to the rest of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/16/2013

    " Dorky, imaginative Hank and his friend the real but invisible bandapat are endearing characters who made me laugh out loud. This would be a great choice for a class read-aloud! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 4/15/2012

    " Cute book about friendship and dealing with a bully. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 2/14/2012

    " Not as good as her "Toys" books. But still amusing. I love a dog named Rootbeer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathyred | 1/18/2012

    " His best friend moved away and he's being pestered by a bully, but at least Hank has an invisible bandipat to talk to. Issues of bullying and respect and friendship. Grades 2-5 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gillian | 8/12/2011

    " Cute - not as great as Dangerous Pumpkins but still good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Z | 7/24/2011

    " As a book for a first grade boy I thought this book was right on point. Loved it. Easy reading for a first grader, age appropriate subject matter which was neither too babyish or went too far. This books is in the category of Beverly Cleary books - just good, decent reads. We enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Franki | 5/17/2011

    " A great short chapter book. A good one for young readers. Hopefully this will be a series. The ending implies that it might be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynossa | 4/12/2011

    " Very cute and nice reading. Although it's a bit too short for me to fall in love; I wish it's longer though. Review will follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/24/2011

    " I really enjoyed the characters and the friendship between Inkling and Hank, but I was uncomfortable with the lack of resolution on the bullying problem. "

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About the Author
Author Emily Jenkins

Emily Jenkins is the author of Invisible Inkling, the first book featuring Hank and Inkling. She has also written the chapter books Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party, and Toys Go Home, plus a lot of picture books, including The Little Bit Scary People, That New Animal, and Five Creatures. She has worn the same butterfly costume for the past nine Halloweens, and if she has an invisible friend—she’s not telling.

About the Narrator

Michael Goldstrom is a Juilliard-trained actor and comedian. He has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, A&E, NBC, and ABC, as well as on and off Broadway. A native of San Francisco, Goldstrom currently lives in Los Angeles.