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Invisible Inkling (Invisible Inkling #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  372 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Balzer + Bray
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Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: older-kids
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Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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This is a review of the advanced reader's edition, received for free through Goodreads First Reads

Hank Wolovitz is short on friends and long on imagination, so when he saves an invisible bandipat from a neighborhood dog, the bandipat makes him a friend for...well, not life. Inkling, the talking bandipat, promises to help Hank to pay him back for Hank's rescue. It's the beginning for a new school year and Hank's best friend, Wainscoting, has moved away, so Inkling becomes his new best friend. At
Kelly Ickes
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lots of ideas that would lead to class discussions: bullying, friendship, honesty, family, imagination. The main character is in fourth grade, but this book would be good as a read aloud for second or third, maybe even first. Good book for beginning of the year. It would be interesting to use as a quick draw when reading the parts that describe the invisible friend. The only thing I really did not like in the story is the school's non-action to the bullying. It plays into the humor at the end, b ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it liked it
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!
Brandon Suazo-Lino
I think this book is really good for all ages.Its funny,but it does have bullying in it.But besides that the main character in the book learns from his invisible pet that life is basically nothing without friends and family.Even if they get on your nerves all day long.So I suggest that you snuggle up in bed with your child and read it to them.I bet they will enjoy it.

By: Brandon
Cute book for 1st-3rd graders-ish. I loved that it explored how easy it is to become a bully if you are being bullied, and that Hank really felt bad about how he treats the kid who is treating him badly. I also loved the character of Inkling -- he's sassy and adorable and loooooooves squash. I want my own invisible bandapat! I may book-talk this for younger kids for summer reading.
Sep 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club, bullying
One thing is for sure -- this may be the only children's book I ever read that name drops Seth Mnookin (except for the sequel of course). :)

A quirky premise, but really enjoyable with funny, sweet main characters.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love this series! Fourth grader Hank stumbles upon and befriends a furry, squash loving invisible creature known as a bandapat. Inkling, as he names Bandapat, becomes a close friend and confidant for young Hank, who is missing his recently moved away best friend and dealing with a bully at school. Hank's family is portrayed as busy and loving, and occasionally wrong about things....aka realistically. I've been reading this aloud with Leo and he and I both love it. Would make a great rec for a ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really debated how to rate this one. After a lot of back and forth, I decided to go with 4 stars the plain reason that this book made me laugh out loud over and over again. I think the answer to many criticisms of Hank's "violent" solution to the bully is simply to discuss and reflect on the story with young readers. (DRA 38 - appropriate for younger students)
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eine super süße Reihe über Freundschaft und einem unsichtbaren Bandapat der einfach nur zum knuddeln ist.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, 2017
Cute little book. Good for a third or fourth grader.
Katie Fitzgerald
Invisible Inkling is the first volume in a new chapter book series by Emily Jenkins. Jenkins is the author of quite a few books that I love, including the picture books What Happens on Wednesdays (illustrated by Lauren Castillo), Sugar Would Not Eat It (illustrated by Giselle Potter) and The Little Bit Scary People (illustrated by Alexandra Boiger). As E. Lockhart, she has also written many of my favorite YA novels. This book is nothing like those, but I am still grateful to have received a digi ...more
Sue Morris
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: middle graders, reluctant young adult readers
Hank Wolowitz, please call him Wolowitz, lives with his sister and parents in an apartment above their Brooklyn ice cream shop called the “Big Round Pumpkin: Ice Cream for a Happy World.” His best friend Wainscotting has moved to Iowa City leaving Wolowitz feeling alone. It doesn’t help that Wolowitz is being bullied at school by Gillicut who is taking his sprinkles at lunch each day Even worse – upon complaining to his teacher, Ms. Cherry, Wolowitz is given lame advice and later is accused of b ...more
Sarah W
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, firstreads, 2011
While Hank Wolowitz's family runs the Big Round Pumpkin, an ice cream shop, his life is anything but sweet as he starts fourth grade on a nervous note. His best friend, Wainscotting, moved away from their Brooklyn neighborhood, leaving Hank to start the year alone. Sure, Sasha Chin from his building is in his class, but she has her official friends in the class as well. Bully Bruno Gillicut begins stealing the best parts of Hank's lunches as a sprinkie tax after Hank makes an embarrassing soccer ...more
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wer ist der unsichbare Wink?
Ein geheimnisvolles Tier aus den Mysterienwäldern Perus (...oder waren es doch die ukrainischen Gletscher? So genau scheint er das selbst nicht zu wissen) zieht auf einmal bei Hank Wollowitz ein, nachdem der Junge ihn vor der französischen Bulldogge des Nachbars rettet. Und das Geheimnisvolle an dem Tier ist: Es ist unsichtbar! Und Wollowitz - nur Wollowitz, denn das klingt so gut nach Geheimagent - kann auch gerade echt einen neuen guten Freund brauchen, denn sein Ge
Beth G.
I imagine airplanes that argue with their pilots, drinks that change the color of your skin, and aliens who study human beings in science labs -- all when I'm supposed to be doing something else.

Fourth-grader Hank Wolowitz is the first person to admit he has an "overbusy" imagination. But he knows he isn't imagining the small, furry, invisible animal that was hiding under the sink in his parents' Brooklyn ice-cream shop. The animal that he rescued from the neighbor's dog. The animal that calls i
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla, bullies
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Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j-bully
This book made me happy. It wasn't a perfect book, but it was just such a fun and silly and joyful book. It tells the story of a young boy, Hank, whose best friend has just moved away before the start of their fourth grade. Before school even starts, he discovers a mysterious invisible creature living in his family's ice cream shop. It is NOT imaginary, but a real creature, who is stubborn and wants squash for a variety of reasons. Hank has to start school, where he confronts a bully and discove ...more
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hank’s invisible friend Inkling, a bandapat, lives in his laundry basket. Inkling needs squash to survive and that’s how he ended up in Brooklyn, NY. Hank’s family owns “Big Round Pumpkin”, which is an ice cream shop but Inkling didn’t realize that. What a disappointment after traveling “miles and miles and miles” to eat the big round pumpkin. Starving, he decides to try pizza, declaring it “cheesy goodness”. It satisfies the bandapat for a while but eventually Hank needs to find him a squash (b ...more
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 7-10
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Mar 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I read a library copy as a gift possibility for my nephew and decided NOT to buy it. The invisible friend storyline was great, but the bullying storyline baffled me. I did not understand the author's point there at all. The bullying goes on for weeks and weeks. Every single adult to whom the main character reports the bullying (including his parents) is completely and utterly useless. A teacher lets slip that the bully has "issues" (my terminology) and suggests that the bully "could use some fri ...more
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I chose to read this book because it seemed like a good read for second grade and up: its plot and themes, sporadic illustrations, plus readability make it a fine book for this age group.

The main storyline is about this boy going into fourth grade, feeling not so great due to his best friend's move to another state. Pretty soon we meet Inkling, a bandapat, a creature who initially can't be seen, just "felt" by the main character. There are also problems with a bully at school and plenty of adul
Jun 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Hank's parents' own an ice-cream shop in the shape of a large pumpkin, which is pretty cool since it means Hank gets sprinkles in his lunch everyday. And when Inkling, an invisible bandapat with a need for squash, runs into his life, things get interesting. But Hank's life isn't as pretty as an ice cream sundae (with a cherry on top). Bruno Gillicut is a lunch-stealing bully who demands sprinkles everyday. Luckily, Inkling has some ideas of how to deal with bullies- as long if there's some squas ...more
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
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I have a PandaBat, Hank meets a bandapat. I am enchanted.


I read it halfway because I'd left the real book I was reading in the car. The next morning I handed it off to Tosh, who finished yesterday. She loved it! NO surprise there. I loved it too. I appreciate that Hank is suffering from a bully and that he tells his parents and teacher, and that the adults are trying to help him, although they have so far proved unsuccessful. I like it that Hank realizes when he's gone too far. I like the dif
Was ich mochte:
+ den Ich-Erzähler Wolowitz (Hank) und seine reichlich vorhandene Fantasie
+ unsichtbare Bandapaten, die es mit der Wahrheit nicht allzu genau nehmen
+ die Story (meistens witzig und unterhaltsam) und den Schreibstil (einfallsreich)
+ die tollen Illustrationen

Was ich nicht so mochte:
- Wolowitz ist fast schon zu anständig
- Winks teilweise überhebliche Art
- wie die Autorin sämtliche Erwachsenen darstellt (nämlich unfähig und ignorant)

→ Nettes Jungsbuch mit einer interessanten Grundidee
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
There is a real hole in the marketplace for good, funny, well-written, fun-to-read-aloud, illustrated chapter books that can appeal to kindergartners AND third graders (ok, so maybe the marketplace isn't out there solely to serve the needs of my family...feh!). A lot of them are, honestly, kind of awful. Loved this one. Unexpected and funny, and it was kind of refreshing to have the bully be just...a bully. The adults try to make it seem like the bully must just be sad and lonely, but no, turns ...more
Mar 11, 2011 rated it really liked it

Fourth grader, Hank Wolowitz, feels like the world is against him. His best friend moved away, he has to face a bully in the cafeteria each day, and Hank is the only person in his family who hasn’t created a successful flavor for his parents’ ice cream shop. Hank’s life changes when he discovers Inkling, an invisible furry bandapat that craves squash. When Hank saves the furry creature from a dog, Inkling vows to save Hank one day. Hank finds himself in some interesting predicaments thanks to In
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Emily Jenkins is the author of many books for children, including the recent picture books Tiger and Badger, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay, and Princessland, illustrated by Yoko Tanaka. Her chapter books include the Toys series, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky; she is co-author of the Upside-down Magic series. Emily Jenkins lives in New York City.
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