Invisible Inkling: The Whoopie Pie War [NOOK Book]

Overview

The adventures of Brooklyn boy Hank Wolowitz and his invisible—but not imaginary—friend continue with The Whoopie Pie War, the third book in the Invisible Inkling series by Emily Jenkins.
 
A truck selling ice-cream whoopie pies sets up right in front of the ice-cream shop belonging to Hank’s family, and it’s taking away all the shop’s business. His dad is going crazy. ...

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Invisible Inkling: The Whoopie Pie War

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Overview

The adventures of Brooklyn boy Hank Wolowitz and his invisible—but not imaginary—friend continue with The Whoopie Pie War, the third book in the Invisible Inkling series by Emily Jenkins.
 
A truck selling ice-cream whoopie pies sets up right in front of the ice-cream shop belonging to Hank’s family, and it’s taking away all the shop’s business. His dad is going crazy. His mom is furious.
 
Hank and Inkling, his invisible bandapat, aren’t going to take it. The Whoopie Pie War is on! They’ll do whatever it takes to beat the whoopie pie truck—unicorn costumes, extreme kindness, an army of supervillains.

The illustrated chapter book’s mix of silliness, fantasy, strong sense of place, and a realistic family make it a great pick for middle-grade readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Sara Pennypacker
“Invisible Inkling is charming, fresh, and funny. Now I want an invisible friend of my own!”
The Horn Book
“The chapters are short and snappy, Bliss’s illustrations add energy and help extend the text, and our hero Hank is fun to cheer for. Ice cream + pumpkins + invisible friends = a lot of fun for chapter book readers.”
Booklist
“This third title in the series about Hank Wolowitz and his small and invisible (but not imaginary) sidekick blends slapstick with wordplay, and readers will enjoy the realistic dialogue as much as the body language in Bliss’ wry spot black-and-white drawings.”
Children's Literature - Sarah Raymond
Inkling, Hank Horowitz’s invisible bandapat, loves living in his laundry basket and eating pumpkin. Luckily for Hank, there is plenty of pumpkin around his house since his father is trying to create a pumpkin ice cream that will attract new customers to their family owned ice cream shop, The Big Round Pumpkin. All is well for Hank until a whoopie pie truck decides to park down the street, stealing all of their business. While Hank’s father is madly baking away in pursuit of a whoopie pie recipe that will beat the competition, Hank and Inkling are working out a way to take down the competition on their own. At the same time, Hank is forced to take swim lessons. Due to his overactive imagination, he finds himself in the beginners’ Cuttlefish class while his friends are in the more advanced Hammerhead class. This book will have readers laughing at Inkling’s antics and Hank’s imagination. Hank seems to get himself into more and more trouble thanks to the help of his invisible bandapat Inkling. This is the third book in the “Invisible Inkling” series. Reviewer: Sarah Raymond AGERANGE: Ages 6 to 10.
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 2–4—Hapless fourth-grade Brooklynite Hank Wolowitz and his invisible pet bandapat, Inkling, return in this gently humorous story that incorporates just a touch of fantasy. Although Inkling is an unreliable narrator with a sometimes-distant relationship with the truth, readers will accept that he is invisible, not imaginary. In addition to managing the demands of his often cranky, but always funny invisible friend, Hank also navigates complicated school friendships, swimming lessons in which he copes with the embarrassment of being ranked a "Neon" (the lowest level), and, most importantly, dealing with the mean-tempered food-truck lady whose cheap, nonorganic treats threaten the success of his family's boutique ice-cream shop. Pumpkin is one of Inkling's favorite foods, yet Hank finds himself agreeing to "splat" his hard-won canned pumpkin out the window in order to impress popular kid Joe Patne. Hank also discovers that water renders Inkling visible and is finally able to focus on improving his swimming technique. A diverse cast of characters and a believable middle-class urban setting make this tale about the value of true friendship relatable without being didactic.—Madigan McGillicuddy, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Atlanta, GA
Kirkus Reviews
A whoopie-pie truck threatens the Wolowitz family ice cream business in this third adventure starring fourth-grader Hank and his invisible bandapat friend, Inkling. While Hank's father desperately tries to compete with the interloper, whose whoopie-pie ice cream filling is not local or organic but whose pumpkin cake is delicious, Hank has his own struggles. His one-time friend Patne now spends more time with Henry Kim. And unlike his neighbor Chin and the two boys he calls his half-friends, he's been relegated to the Neons, the beginner section in swim class. Inkling tries to help him, but it's hard to learn swimming moves from someone invisible. And it's still important to keep Inkling's existence a secret. For readers new to this (mostly) realistic series set in the author's own Brooklyn, Hank and Inkling offer background in the opening chapter. Those who've been with the two since the beginning of the school year will be pleased to see Hank developing focus and to see them both finding friends. The first-person narrative moves along briskly, with plenty of dialogue and Bliss' grayscale illustrations to break up the pages. (Final art not seen.) With humor and sympathy for her appealing protagonist and his secret friend, Jenkins continues a strong series for readers of short chapter books. (Fantasy. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062208439
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/23/2013
  • Series: Invisible Inkling
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 940,853
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Emily Jenkins is the author of two previous books about Hank and Inkling. She also wrote the chapter books Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party, and Toys Come Home, plus a lot of picture books, including Lemonade in Winter, That New Animal, and Skunkdog. She bakes excellent pumpkin bread and, when swimming, wears a purple swim cap and blue goggles.


Harry Bliss is the New York Times bestselling artist of Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly, by Doreen Cronin; A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech; and Which Would You Rather Be? by William Steig. He is also an award-winning, internationally syndicated cartoonist and a cover artist for the New Yorker magazine. He lives in Vermont with his son.

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