“A thing about me is, I have an overbusy imagination. Everyone says so.
And it’s true. I’m not saying I don’t.
I imagine airplanes that argue with their pilots, drinks that change the color of your skin, and aliens who study human beings in science labs–all when I’m supposed to be doing something else.
Like cleaning my room.
Yeah. But here’s the thing about the invisible bandapat who’s been living in my laundry basket. He is not imaginary. Inkling is as real as you, or me. Or the Great Wall of China.”
Sometimes I think that “Overbusy imagination” is a perfect description of myself, though if I just limited my wonderings to such exciting things as aliens, talking planes and such it would be better. In Emily Jenkin’s upcoming book our hero Hank, who goes by his last name Wolowitz, deals with many of the challenges of a typical childhood, when his friend moves out before the start of school. His family has money trouble, and he is plagued by a bully. When he discovers a mysterious, furry, yet invisible creature in his family’s ice cream parlor it helps distract him from his worries.
Overall, this is an enjoyable read, perfect for those 2-3 graders who are worried about school, friends, and bullies. Release is scheduled for 4/26/2011.
As a librarian, I can wonder if the treatment of bullies in this book is realistic or appropriate, but I think kids will relish the thought that they could defeat a bully. While I hope that kids don’t take away the idea that every single person they talk to about being bothered by a bully will either deny that it is happening, blame them for being bullied, or offer excuses for the bully, the book doesn’t seem to support these as what should happen, just what does happen.