June 2011 Indie Next List
“Starting fourth grade without your best friend can be pretty scary. On the other hand, finding an invisible furry creature in the corner of your family's ice cream shop can be very cool. Hank's delight at actually having a real, live invisible friend makes this a warm and funny narrative. The tale of their adventures, fears, errors and triumphs while searching for edible squash and battling the school bully is sure to win young fans and parents alike.”
— Jeanne Snyder, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
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?
Kids will love Hank and Inkling's latest adventure, illustrated by acclaimed artist Harry Bliss.
“Gentle humor and a realistic urban setting add interest to this solid middle-grade read. Appealing any time of the year.”
“Jenkins’s chapter book fantasy, with its strong sense of place and realistic family dynamic, will have new readers wishing for an invisible pal of their own. Bliss’s droll illustrations allow readers to see Inkling in all his furry glory, even when the characters in the book do not.”
-The Horn Book
“The Halloween details, from giant eyeballs to black spiderwebs, in Bliss’ wry, spot drawings add to the farce, and kids will appreciate both the conflicts and Hank’s warm bond with his bossy sidekick.”