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.
"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.
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An original concept. A boy goes from disliking books to craving them. He becomes a book vampire. Not your average writer or illustrating. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Persop
My son loved this book and we ordered another one in the series. His third grade class had read it in French and he wanted to read it in English and again in French. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rita Lotta Books
When I started reading it I thought the boy was going to save the books or something ... It's a great story but... WHY ARE THE BOOKS THE ENAMIES??? I mean YEAH!Published 17 months ago by Flalamingo
This book was very interesting for a short story. It makes you want to read more. My daughter wants the series now! And what mom would not be happy about that?Published on May 18, 2013 by Diane K-D
Good story, quick shipping. It has been read again and again! Buying some more in the series. Good for boys and girls!Published on February 27, 2013 by Anissa Campbell
This odd book is very clever in telling its story of this strange and weird character. It is such a unique premise, its good for he boy who hates to read.Published on January 6, 2013 by Barbara Cunningham
Very, very odd story. I didn't like it. I didn't not like it. Just strange. The son of a bookshop owner doesn't like to read and spies on customers - one day he sees a man come in... Read morePublished on September 25, 2012 by mamareadssomuch
First, I never put 5 stars.
Anyways, I love the book. When I was REALLY little like 6 or 5 I read this book, well actually the library teacher read it to us, and it was... Read more
I read this book to my 3rd grade class on the 2nd and 3rd days of school. They loved it! Here are some of their comment's! Read morePublished on July 14, 2011 by Ms. Hunter's Class