Inkling by Kenneth Oppel
Review by Ella; dreamer, ski racer, writer, and rock climber. Ella lives in SV, Idaho with her mom, dad, cat, dog, gecko, and fish.
Inkling is an amazing story about hope in the time of sadness, and how you can find your way back to joy.
Ethan’s dad is an artist and has produced many world renowned comic books. His sister Sarah is sweet and won’t stop talking in the third person. But Ethan doesn’t know what he is. He is devastated about his mom’s death, and he is worried about his family. He is mad at his dad for not caring anymore. Ethan has a drawing assignment at school and it is stressing him out! Everyone assumes he can draw, because his dad can, but in reality he can’t. It makes him question his self worth.
But, that night Inkling is born, maybe out of need or just because. Inkling is a blob of ink, born from Ethan’s dad’s sketchbook in the dead of night. Ethan meets Inkling the next day and they are fast friends. Inkling agrees to help Ethan with his school project but is soon found by Ethan’s dad. Ethan’s dad wants to use Inkling to draw for him and keep him locked up. Ethan finally wears him down and makes sure Inkling has the freedom he needs. When Inkling is stolen by a greedy girl in Ethan’s class, his family starts to fall apart and a monster is made. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone. This book was really fun and fast paced and I enjoyed how it touched on more serious topics while still staying lighthearted and funny.