It's Halloween in Emily Jenkins's Dangerous Pumpkins, the second title in the chapter-book series about a Brooklyn fourth grader and his invisible furry pal. Hank Wolowitz hates Halloween. Every year his older sister, Nadia, scares him half to death. But Hank's invisible bandapat, Inkling, loves Halloween. Pumpkins are his favorite food. Hank has serious trouble stopping Inkling from devouring every jack-o'-lantern in their neighborhood, including the ones his sister carves. And that's not his only problem: Will he ever figure out a cool costume? Will he finally get to pick the holiday flavor in his family's ice-cream shop? Will Hank ever get revenge on Nadia?
This is the diary . . . of a worm. Surprisingly, a worm not that different from you or me. Except he eats his homework. Oh, and his head looks a lot like his rear end. Doreen Cronin, the New York Times best-selling author of CLICK, CLACK, MOO and GIGGLE, GIGGLE, QUACK, teams up with illustrator Harry Bliss for this hysterical journal about the daily doings and the hidden world of a lovable underground dweller.
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 the 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 on his quest for squash-bandapats' favorite food. 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?
The adventures of Brooklyn boy Hank Wolowitz and his invisible--but not imaginary--friend continue with The Whoopie Pie War, the third book in the Invisible Inkling series by Emily Jenkins. A truck selling ice-cream whoopie pies sets up right in front of the ice-cream shop belonging to Hanks family, and its taking away all the shops business. His dad is going crazy. His mom is furious. Hank and Inkling, his invisible bandapat, arent going to take it. The Whoopie Pie War is on Theyll do whatever it takes to beat the whoopie pie truck--unicorn costumes, extreme kindness, an army of supervillains. The illustrated chapter books mix of silliness, fantasy, strong sense of place, and a realistic family make it a great pick for middle-grade readers.
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