The Whoopie Pie War
The Whoopie Pie War

Series: Invisible Inkling Vol. 3   

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Annotation: Hank Wolowitz and Inkling, his invisible bandapat friend, try to save the family ice-cream store's business from a whoopie pie food truck parked outside.
Catalog Number: #5394511
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Illustrator: Bliss, Harry,
Pages: 153 pages
Availability: Indefinitely Out of Stock
ISBN: 0-06-180226-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-180226-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2012030493
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
As in Invisible Inkling (2011), this third title in the series about Hank Wolfowitz and his small and invisible (but not imaginary) sidekick blends slapstick with wordplay, and readers will enjoy the realistic dialogue as much as the body language in Bliss' wry, black-and-white spot art. Food is the action here aking ice-cream pies, eating them, selling them, and throwing them to make a mess. When an old lady starts a whoopie-pie business that threatens Hank's dad's ice-cream store, Inkling helps Hank defeat her. The wordplay with Yiddish adds to the fun: Should Dad try a new noodle-kugel flavor?
Horn Book
Hank Wolowitz and his invisible bandapat, Inkling, return for their third Brooklyn-set adventure. For Thanksgiving, Hank's father is desperately working on a pumpkin-flavored ice cream that doesn't taste like baby food. Meanwhile, a vindictive dessert entrepreneur has set up her food truck in front of the Wolowitzes' shop. The chapters are short and snappy, and Bliss's illustrations add energy: fun for chapter book readers.
Kirkus Reviews
A whoopie-pie truck threatens the Wolowitz family ice cream business in this third adventure starring fourth-grader Hank and his invisible bandapat friend, Inkling. While Hank's father desperately tries to compete with the interloper, whose whoopie-pie ice cream filling is not local or organic but whose pumpkin cake is delicious, Hank has his own struggles. His one-time friend Patne now spends more time with Henry Kim. And unlike his neighbor Chin and the two boys he calls his half-friends, he's been relegated to the Neons, the beginner section in swim class. Inkling tries to help him, but it's hard to learn swimming moves from someone invisible. And it's still important to keep Inkling's existence a secret. For readers new to this (mostly) realistic series set in the author's own Brooklyn, Hank and Inkling offer background in the opening chapter. Those who've been with the two since the beginning of the school year will be pleased to see Hank developing focus and to see them both finding friends. The first-person narrative moves along briskly, with plenty of dialogue and Bliss' grayscale illustrations to break up the pages. (Final art not seen.) With humor and sympathy for her appealing protagonist and his secret friend, Jenkins continues a strong series for readers of short chapter books. (Fantasy. 7-10)
School Library Journal
Gr 2&11;4&12; Hapless fourth-grade Brooklynite Hank Wolowitz and his invisible pet bandapat, Inkling, return in this gently humorous story that incorporates just a touch of fantasy. Although Inkling is an unreliable narrator with a sometimes-distant relationship with the truth, readers will accept that he is invisible, not imaginary. In addition to managing the demands of his often cranky, but always funny invisible friend, Hank also navigates complicated school friendships, swimming lessons in which he copes with the embarrassment of being ranked a "Neon" (the lowest level), and, most importantly, dealing with the mean-tempered food-truck lady whose cheap, nonorganic treats threaten the success of his family's boutique ice-cream shop. Pumpkin is one of Inkling's favorite foods, yet Hank finds himself agreeing to "splat" his hard-won canned pumpkin out the window in order to impress popular kid Joe Patne. Hank also discovers that water renders Inkling visible and is finally able to focus on improving his swimming technique. A diverse cast of characters and a believable middle-class urban setting make this tale about the value of true friendship relatable without being didactic.&12; Madigan McGillicuddy, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Atlanta, GA
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Word Count: 19,947
Reading Level: 3.7
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.7 / points: 3.0 / quiz: 159957 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.3 / points:6.0 / quiz:Q61291
Lexile: 580L

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 Hank’s family, and it’s taking away all the shop’s business. His dad is going crazy. His mom is furious.
Hank and Inkling, his invisible bandapat, aren’t going to take it. The Whoopie Pie War is on! They’ll do whatever it takes to beat the whoopie pie truck—unicorn costumes, extreme kindness, an army of supervillains.

The illustrated chapter book’s 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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