The Ink Drinker


What could be worse than being forced to work in your father's bookstore ... when you hate books? While watching for shoplifters, a young boy sees a customer float in, pull out a straw, and start sucking the ink from the pages. Determined to prove that this wasn't a dream, the boy followed the customer into the graveyard and down into his book-lined crypt. he discovered a vampire who drinks ink because he is allergic to blood. What else will our adventurer discover?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

A touch of mystery, a little bit of Halloween spookiness, and fast-paced book make this a great selection to share one-on-one or in a group.

Content Awareness Factors:


Young Reader Reaction

This book went everywhere one afternoon, as our daughter devoured it in one afternoon. She loved the idea of a vampire allergic to blood! and thought his underground library was cool.

Parent Reaction

I started this book before my daughter and I couldn't wait until she was done so I could finish reading it. The story is clever and has a bit of eeriness to it, but in a light-hearted way. There is a Twilight Zone quality to it that is likely lost on young readers, but they will get the core message: books bring anything you can imagine to life.

Type of Book:
This is an illustrated chapter book for transitional readers.
Educational Themes:

This is a story meant for enjoying. It will engage transitional readers (third grade) in reading longer stories, and also stretch their imagination.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 10
Age of child:
Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a great book and a good one to keep in mind at Halloween. Boys, in particular, will find the story and adventures very cool.

Title The Ink Drinker
Author Eric Sanvoisin
Publisher Delacorte Books for Young Readers © 1998
Illustrators Marin Matje
ISBN 0385325916
Material Hard Cover
Genres Easy Reader, Fantasy, Mystery
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