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Book Review: Inkling by Kenneth Oppel

The Rylance family is stuck. Dad’s got writer’s block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group project at school—even though he can’t draw. Sarah’s still pining for a puppy. And they all miss Mom. So much more than they can say.

Enter Inkling. Inkling begins life in Mr. Rylance’s sketchbook. But one night the ink of his drawings runs together—and then leaps off the page! This small burst of creativity is about to change everything.

Ethan finds him first. Inkling has absorbed a couple chapters of his math book—not good—and the story he’s supposed to be illustrating for school—also not good. But Inkling’s also started drawing the pictures to go with the story—which is amazing! It’s just the help Ethan was looking for! Inkling helps the rest of the family too—for Sarah he’s a puppy. And for Dad he’s a spark of ideas for a new graphic novel. It’s exactly what they all want.

It’s not until Inkling goes missing that this family has to face the larger questions of what they—and Inkling—truly need.

My Thoughts

We finished Inkling last night as our night time read. The boys (age 10 and 12) loved it!

The story was original, making it refreshing. Also, very funny, except when it wasn’t supposed to be. Masterfully written, fun to read out loud. The characters were well-developed and it was easy to feel connected to them, even the “villains.” The story is inclusive without being preachy. And it’s also touching and sensitive.

We highly recommend this MYRCA nominee. (Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award)

You can also read my Book Club review of The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

This is an unsolicited review, I purchased this book on

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Edition edition (Sept. 11 2018)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443450287

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