Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born. I couldn't resist being a part of such brilliance. Others who can be counted on for a great MMGM review each week:
by Emily Jenkins
Expected publication: April 26th 2011 by Balzer + Bray
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 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 in his quest for delicious squash—a mainstay in the bandapat diet. But Hank has bigger problems than helping Inkling fend off maniac doggies and search for yummy pumpkins.
Bruno Gillicut is a lunch-stealing, dirtbug caveperson and he’s got to be stopped.
And who better to help stand up to a bully than an invisible friend?
This was an adorable story! My favorite thing about it was the voice: Hank's voice, Inkling's voice, everyone's voice. It was full of perfect middle grade humor and personality. I think the blurb gives a wonderful peek at the humor to come.
I truly enjoyed this one and can't imagine a middle grade reader immune to its charms. This one's a winner, folks!
eBook from HarperCollins through Net Galley. Thanks HarperCollins!