Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Fun with an Inkblot
Inkling Becomes a Great Friend to Help Solve a Few Problems
Fans of the popular author Kenneth Oppel will fall in love with his new character Inkling in his new book for young readers ages 8-12. Who would like an inkblot for a friend? Inkling comes to life and helps with a few problems that Dad and Ethan are having. Ethan's dad is a writer who develops writer's block. He is stuck with an empty pad of pad of paper with no thoughts coming for a topic. Mr. Rylance's sketchbook is empty. He needs illustrations for his graphic novels. But he also needs ideas for his next novel. Rickman the cat is sitting close by when it happens. The black ink drawings all come together and a blot comes to life. It jumps off the page and runs to hide. The adventures begin.
Ethan has a writing project for school. Inkling appears to Ethan and suddenly his writing project comes to life. Young readers will be wowed with what Inkling gives to Sarah, Ethan's sister. Who knew that an inkblot could become such a good friend that can solve some family problems? Will anybody guess that Ethan's story and his dad's work are not their own? Who really should have the credit for the success of Ethan and his dad?
Oppel writes with creativity and the short chapters are an easy read for ages 8-12. Sydney Smith contributes his talent as an illustrator with hilarious black and white illustrations that add to the story. Inkling is a page-turner that young readers will find hard to put down as they read to discover all that Inkling is able to accomplish. Inkling was published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House Children's Books. It has an ISBN of 978-1-5247-7281-9.
Black and White Illustrations Create Story Magic
Bring Inkling into Your Classroom for Some Fun and Creative Reading Projects
Kenneth Oppel's Inkling provides many opportunities for classroom use. Teachers have the opportunity to assign creative writing projects after reading Inkling with students. Students will also have fun with drawing their own inklings to go with some stories that they imagine. Imaginative activities are at the head of the class when you bring Inkling into your world.
*Read Inkling in a group reading session each day. Students enjoy reading aloud in a group reading session each day.
*Have samples of the Rorschach inkblots available for students to give their ideas of what each inkblot is. These are available for printing to bring into the classroom. Students have very creative ideas about what each inkblot might be.
*What is the surprise that Inkling gives to Ethan's sister? Assign a creative writing project for students to write a story of what they would like for Inkling to make for them.
*What happens to Inkling? Who is responsible for causing all of the trouble when Inkling disappears? Assign a creative writing project for students to imagine how they would help Inkling escape the trouble that he finds himself in.
*Provide ink and paper for students to create their own "Inkling". Assign a creative writing activity for students to write about their own "inkling". You might provide a variety of ink colors for students to use. The variety of ink can mix things up a bit for creativity in making their own "inkling".
*Who is the only one who is around to see new inkblots come to life? Assign a creative writing activity for students to imagine that they are the only one who sees an inkblot come to life. Would they keep it a secret? What problem would they use their inkblot friend to help solve?
*Oppel's Inkling presents a life question that can open a discussion of right and wrong. Who gets credit for Ethan's writing project? Who gets credit for Dad's new successful graphic novel? Is it right to claim credit for someone else's work? Who is actually responsible for the successful outcomes for both Ethan and his dad?
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