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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 Goldstro Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • “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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Elizabeth | 11/30/2013

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

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