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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (February 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440414857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440414858
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

What if your Dad loved books, owned a bookstore, and even called his cherished volumes "my little bookies"? You would probably despise books--just like the young protagonist in Eric Sanvoisin and illustrator Martin Matje's deliciously bizarre story The Ink Drinker. One summer vacation, while the boy is working in the store and hoping shoplifters will ease his burden, he spots a weird, pale stranger drinking a book. With a straw. As soon as the ink drinker flees (at the sound of the boy's gasp), the young spy locates the customer's book and discovers that it is completely blank except for a letter or two! Like a real detective, he races out of the store on the heels of this tough customer... all the way to the cemetery... all the way into a vaulted monument shaped like an ink bottle... all the way to a pen-shaped casket where the man (or beast?) lies snoring. As the book-vampire's mysteries unfold like a good novel, we are no longer sure whether the boy is awake or asleep, or whether the boy could possibly have fallen prey to the strange fellow's powers. "As I sucked the first words of the second paragraph, the lights were suddenly turned on. Dad was there. I swallowed wrong, and the words got stuck." Young readers will adore this eccentric tale of the power of reading, which surprises and delights on many levels. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"In this mildly sinister chapter book from France, a strange breed of vampire sucks the black blood of literature," wrote PW. "A diverting tale." Ages 8-12.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Very, very odd story.
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Daniel Pinkwater read excerpts from it and highly recommended it, as do I. It's a wonderful book to read aloud to your children.
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"I like this book because it was a vampire who bacame an Ink Drinker instead of a blood sucker."
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
We read this book in our speech class and thought it wasgreat. The ink drinker was scary and we didn't want to put the bookdown. It is the perfect story to read for Halloween. We would highly recommend this book to 4th and 5th graders. We can't wait for the sequel! We hope to see some ink drinkers on Halloween night.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 31, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The Ink Drinker is about a vampire who has suffered from liver problems for twenty years, so he can't drink blood. Instead he drinks ink, not from a bottle, but letters from books. The Ink Drinker is interesting, weird, drinks books, floats, and is smart. My favorite part was when the ink drinker came in the bookstore and started drinking the letters from books I recommend this book because it is surprising. It is surprising because the ink drinker comes in the bookstore and starts drinking books and because of the part at the end where the boys too starts drinking books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Every teacher needs to own this book! Packs a powerful message about the thrill of reading. Great read aloud.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Brotheridge on March 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful story that, in an inky sort of way, prompts children to savor the written word! My two daughters (6 and 4) loved it, happily gobbling up the illustrations and enjoying the story as I read it aloud. I love to find books that are off the beaten-path to give as gifts . This is one of those that I plan to pass along...especially to those persons that I know do not enjoy the written word!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Christopher Ellis on February 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is very good for children in elementary school. The illustrations will catch your eye the first time you look at them. I liked Odilon. He is a detective. He finds out why the Ink Drinker wants his books. Draculink is not that scary when you first see him, but when you read about him, it will make you shiver. If you want to find out more about this book, you will have to buy it. It is worth every penny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This was highly suggested by the reading specialist in my school. As a librarian, I am interested in books that kids are enjoying. This was a perfect read-aloud for my upper elementary kids at Halloween. It does mention Dracula (renamed Draculink) but shows how you can "sink your teeth" into really good books. The kids love the humor, and understand the underlying meaning of the book. Highly recommended!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The class thought this was a VERY WEIRD and STRANGE book. They especially liked the idea of an ink drinking vampire. Brandon thought it was great when Odilon's dad caught him with a straw in his mouth.Karrica liked it when he told his dad it was just chocklate.Cameron felt it was a great adventure story.Devon thought it was a really weird story.Lance thought it was unusual.Zach thought it was cool because he lived in a cemetary.Kayla though it was unusual that that the vampire was allergic to blood. The class really enjoyed the book and recommends it, especially for Halloween. Just be careful the next time you go to the Library!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Williams on April 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This quirky but very suspenseful tale was originally published by Les Editions of Nathan, France in 1996. This U.S. edition was published two years later in 1998. This 35-paged, 6-chaptered, Martin Matje-illustrated tale is about a boy who is bored stiff one summer stuck in his dad's bookstore during summer break from school.

In chapter one "The Hiding Place", the boy is not permitted to tidy up or touch anything because paper doesn't last long in his hands. Though the young lad is adversed to reading books ("I hate them",p 2), he does like to write. And so through a tiny portal fashioned in a wall of books, he spies on customers on the off-chance he may spy a shoplifter and writes entries of his observations in his journal.

In chapter two "A Strange Customer", the boy spies a strange-looking patron shuffling through the books on the shelves. Instead of reading them, the strange man inserts a straw into a book and begins sucking on it. The boy gasps and the man hears the boy, so he hastens off. The boy goes to the section of books where the strange man was browsing and discovers that the man was sucking up the printed words off every page through his straw!

In chapter three "The Chase", the boy darts out of his dad's bookstore and runs down the city sidewalk hoping to spy the word thief. Finally, he catches sight of him and "his unmistakable walk: he was moving quickly, but his legs were motionless" (p13).

Chapter four is subtitled "In the Cemetery". The boy's pursuit of the word thief leads to a cemetery and finally a mausoleum with a flight of stairs that go down to a basement.

Chapter five is subtitled "Vam...Vampire!". The boy discovers the word thief in his underground library. "What are you doing here, kid?
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