★ An Amazon Best Children's Book of the Year selection

"Astounding"—New York Times Book Review

A brilliantly funny story about how a little ink splot changes a family forever. Perfect for those who love Hoot, Holes, or Frindle and sure to be a hit with kids everywhere!

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.

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.

Kenneth Oppel has given us a small masterpiece of middle-grade fiction. Inkling is funny and fizzy and exciting, and brimming with the kind of interesting ideas and dilemmas that kids will love to wrestle with. And Sydney Smith is creating wonderfully inky illustrations to bring the story to vivid life. Get ready. A little ink blot is about to become your new favorite character!

• A New York Times Notable Book
• A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year -- top ten selection

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on November 6, 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 152477281X
ISBN-13: 9781524772819
8 Book Reviews
  • Henry DWednesday, November 18, 2020 at 8:08 am
    “Splat!” a living splotch of ink escapes from a sketchbook. The name of this book is Inkling. The Author of this book is Kenneth Oppel. The year this book was published was 2018. This is a well written book that is funny and good for all good for all ages. First what happened in the book was Ethan meets a living splotch of ink that came from his father’s sketchbook. Next , the living blob of ink named Inkling helps Ethan with drawing. Then, Inkling starts to give Ethan drawing lessons. After, Vika Ethan’s classmate and mortal enemy finds out about inkling and steals him. Finally Ethan gets Inkling back and Ethan’s sister gets a dog. Here is one of the things I liked about the book.What I liked most about the book Inkling was how unique the characters were. No two of the characters are alike. Each of the ways the characters think and act are different from each other. I remember most of the book but the most memorable part was when Inking escaped from Ethan's father’s sketchbook. First what happened was Inkling pulled all his ink into the center of the book. Then he kept trying to pull himself out. Finally he shot out of the sketchbook with a great leap. Inkling is a funny well written book and is good for all ages. I recommend this book to people who like books that are longer. I also recommend it to people who like fiction books. I don’t recommend this book to people who like picture books or non-fiction books because Inkling is a fictional chapter book.
    • masterthomasbes
      masterthomasbesThursday, June 4, 2020 at 6:27 am55 stars
      This book starts with a very special scene. Time was night on a cool summers night , the cat was creeping and their was no other sound. Other than a drip on ink “drip “drip “drop But that ink was very special to the story line, I would suggest inkling to kids who like adventure and hero’s the story is magical literary.
      • owen23
        owen23Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 6:26 am55 stars
        The author came to visit my school and I had a great time and the book was also amazing.
        • janak1019
          janak1019Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 6:18 am55 stars
          this book is a really good suspense book it is about an ink splotch that can draw as no one has before but who owns it that is for you to find out
          • johnthesquid818
            johnthesquid818Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 7:58 am55 stars
            This book was really good it was a really good book about an ink blob that went around a city. the author of this book also came to my school and got a signed copy and that was fun I recommend it to anyone
            • janak1019
              janak1019Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 7:53 am55 stars
              i think this is a realy good book I got this signed
              • pigeonpower
                pigeonpowerTuesday, October 29, 2019 at 10:37 am55 stars
                I truly enjoy this book
                • WintergirlFriday, August 23, 2019 at 2:49 am
                  This is best story ever believe me and read it guys wow