In Invisible Inkling: Dangerous Pumpkins, , by Emily Jenkins, poor Hank has it pretty rough. Unlike most 4th graders, Hank despises Halloween. Why? Well, for many reasons! First, his parents never let him pick the special Halloween flavor for their ice-cream shop. Second, he has to go Trick or Treating with his older sister, Nadia. Third, every year, Nadia does something horrific to scare Hank, then she steals his candy! So you can clearly see why Halloween isn’t exactly Hank’s favorite holiday.
This year is a little different, though. It’s the first Halloween with Inkling, the invisible bandapat who lives in Hank’s laundry basket. What’s a bandapat? Well, that’s a good question. He’s a strange little creature that either hales from the Peruvian Woods of Mystery or a Ukranian glacier. Apparently, he can’t quite keep his story straight. Perhaps even he isn’t sure where he comes from!
In Dangerous Pumpkins, Inkling loves pumpkins. Like insanely loves them. They’re the bandapat’s favorite food, and he just can’t get enough. Hank has his work cut out for him trying to prevent Inkling from devouring every single Jack-O-Lantern in their neighborhood. On top of all that, he still has to come up with an awesome costume, figure out a way to get his dad to actually listen to his suggestions for flavors, and try to thwart his sister’s sinister plans to steal all of his candy.
Invisible Inkling: Dangerous Pumpkins is the sequel to Invisible Inklings, which set up the story of how Hank came to have a bandapat. While reading the first book will definitely help, your child can easily read this one without getting lost. The story appeals to middle-grade children, around ages 8-12. If you’re looking for a fun Halloween chapter book, this could be a great choice.
Invisible Inkling: Dangerous Pumpkins retails for $10.19 on Amazon. If you want to learn more about Emily Jenkins and her numerous other stories for kids, check out her webpage.