Features an audio read-along! The journey is the important thing in this tale of a sympathetic - if temporarily distracted - artistic soul. Ike wants to write a story, an incredible story. He's all ready to go, but even after cleaning his room and calling his best friend, he somehow can't seem to get started. And then Ike realizes what's missing - he needs new ink. His very own ink, made from just the right ingredients. Now what can Ike find that is velvety, dark, and sneaky, just like ink? How far will he go to get it? In Brianne Farley's whimsical debut picture book, freely illustrated in a fresh, bold collage style, Ike's adventurous quest to find the perfect ink might just be the inspiration he needs to get started on his incredible story.
Ike an inkblot with chickeny legs, a dome head, and an eager smile is also a blocked writer. Like many before him, he procrastinates ( A bit of cleaning was also in order ), and then he decides that his story demands ink made from exceptional ingredients: shadows, the feathers of a booga-bird, and the essence of the dark side of the moon (which requires building a rocket ship). After some chaotic concocting ( He mashed, he bludgeoned, he crushed, and he steamed ), Ike sits down to write and, sure enough, a story inspired by his ink quest materializes. The structure of Farley s debut feels a little like Ike s journey: well-intentioned, but convoluted and somewhat repetitive. However, Farley is a genuine talent, playing with detail, scale, and texture like a seasoned pro, giving her images a sweet, eccentric, comic rhythm. And there are some marvelous individual spreads, including one that definitively and spectacularly answers the question, What happens when you mix ink in a blender and leave the lid off? Ages 4 8.