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From School Library Journal

Gr 1-3-Ike wants to write an incredible story and feels that all the reading he has done has prepared him for this moment. Unfortunately, what he expects to come easily does not, and he becomes frustrated with the process. So Ike does what every good author does: he procrastinates. He cleans, he searches for a favorite pen, and chats with friends. When the story still eludes him, he sets off on a quest to find what he has identified as the magical missing ingredient-ink! Ike seeks out everything he associates with the word "inky." A shadow is inky as are feathers from a certain bird. It is the third ingredient that shows that the protagonist will go to any lengths to make his perfect ink. He goes to the Moon. The idea that someone will go to such lengths to procure the perfect ink is fantastically silly. The art is done in, well, ink, but other items are digitally collaged to create a spontaneous and funny look to the book. Ike's attempt to blend together the ingredients but forgetting to put the lid on the blender will crack up young readers. The art is striking and great fun to explore. Kids will be drawn to the quirky book.-Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Stories need writers, writers need ink, and for little Ike to write a good story, he knows just where to start: ink! Ike, a splat of ink with a head, sets off to collect dusky items to make his ink. He shakes down shadows, plucks the feathers of a Booga bird, and builds a rocket ship to the dark side of the moon. Farley does a masterful job exposing the beauty of imagination through this young character in her book for beginning readers. Each page boasts its own perceived texture and mood, and Farley does not wait for the page turn to show her hand. Farley’s debut picture book is full of high-contrast, stylized images; hopeful endeavors; and the elusive message that the journey is just as important (or more so) than the finish line. Ike’s Incredible Ink is playful, smart, and whimsical in design, much like creativity at a young age should be. Ike, like the book’s author, is daring, works against the grain, and is ready to turn a pressed pen into an infectiously fun inkblot. Preschool-Grade 3. --Ben Spanner

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 340L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763662968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763662967
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on September 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is about a living ink blob named Ike. Ike wants to write a story, but he's not sure what to write about so he finds other things to do that may help him get an idea for a great story. When that doesn't work, Ike sets out to make new ink. He thinks that having his own ink will help him to write a great story. He decides to make his own ink out of silly ingredients that would never really work in the real world. He even goes to the moon to get ingredients. Then he goes through a messy process to make the ink and puts the finished product in a jar. He sits down at his desk. Do you think he can finally write a story? Read this book to see the fun twist at the end.

I do think other people would enjoy this book because it's very funny that Ike is made out of ink and sets out to make ink for his story. My favorite part is when Ike goes to the dark side of the moon to gather material for his ink.

The most clever part of this book is the end since Ike tries to write a story through the whole book, but the story ends up being his!
Both boys and girls would enjoy this book. Children between the ages of four to nine would enjoy story since it's filled with adventure. But four year olds should be told not to try to make ink or it might get messy.
I give this book five stars.

Review by Hayden S., age 6, Southeastern Michigan Mensa
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Klegman on September 7, 2013
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This is a wonderful book, clever, with beautiful illustrations and a great story. Children ( and adults) will love it.
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By SWine on January 19, 2014
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I love Ike's Incredible Ink! Brianne Farley has written a wonderful children's book with wonderful illustrations. I have bought many copies to give as gifts.
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