Skip to main content

Ike's Incredible Ink by Brianne Farley





Ike's Incredible Ink is the debut picture book from author/illustrator Brianne Farley. A story of epic procrastination - or is it inspiration? - Farley's story is every bit as enchanting as her distinctive illustrations. Ike himself is an oddly drawn, endearing sort of blob and Farley's illustrations are layered with texture, from the warp of the watercolor paper that some of the illustrations are done on to the fabric patterns that pop up as book covers and rocket ships. Farley's work reminds me of the wonderful David Roberts, illustrator of The Dunderheads books and Andrea Beaty's excellent duo, Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer. I can't wait to see what  Farley does next! Until then, I'll tell you a little bit about Ike...


Ike is suffering from a bit of writer's block when he realizes that what he needs is his own, unique ink to write his own, unique story with. Ike heads off with his sack to collect the things that he finds share qualities with ink.


From dark shadows to floaty and soft feathers to matter from the dark side of the moon, Ike stops at nothing to collect what he needs to make his own, special ink.


After returning home with his ingredients, Ike has to MAKE his ink...



In the end, back at his desk, Ike's journey to creativity turns out to be his creative journey, and, with his new bottle of incredible ink, Ike starts to write his incredible story. 

Source: Review Copy 


Straw for TwoCity of Ink DrinkersLittle Red Ink Drinker

Sadly, this quartet of books is out of print, but I just had to mention Eric Sanvoisin and Martin Matje's The Ink Drinker books because Ike's Incredible Ink reminds me so much of the creativity and inventiveness of these books as well as Matje's superb illustrations. Matje also illustrated another favorite of mine, Sara Pennypacker's The Amazing World of Stuart books, which EVERY emerging reader should own!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

POP-UP: Everything You Need to Know to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book, paper engineering by Ruth Wickings, illustrations by Frances Castle RL: All ages

POP-UP:  Everything You Need to Know to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book with paper engineering by Ruth Wickings and illustrations by Frances Castle is THE COOLEST BOOK EVER!!!  I know that I haven't dedicated much time to pop-up books here, but they have always held a special place in my heart, and the phrase "paper engineering" is a favorite of mine. Although I didn't know what it was at the time, I did go through a paper engineering phase when I was ten or so. I would sneak off to the back of the classroom during independent work periods and go to town on the construction paper and glue and make these little free-standing dioramas. A huge fan of The Muppet Show (the original), I reconstructed the all-baby orchestra from an episode, drawing and coloring each baby and his/her instrument then gluing them onto a 3D orchestra section I had crafted out of brown construction paper.  I also made a 3D version of Snidely Whiplash throwing Nell off a cliff with Dudley Do-Right wa…

The Seeing Stick, written by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Daniela J Terrazini

The Seeing Stick is an original Chinese fairy tale written by the prolific (and prolifically award winning) Jane Yolen. First published in 1977 with illustrations by Remy Charlip (author and illustrator of the brilliantly fun picture book Fortunately and friend and muse to Brian Selznick, who asked him to pose as George Méliès while he was working on the Caldecott winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret) The Seeing Stick was reissued with new illustrations by Daniela J. Terrazini in 2009. I have not seen Charlip's version, but Terrazini's is a beautiful work of art and the book itself is yet another magnificently packaged book published by Running Press, the house that brought us Steven Arntson's The Wikkeling, yet another superbly and uniquely packaged children's book with artwork by Terrazini. Interestingly, both The Wikkeling and The Seeing Stick were designed by Frances J Soo Ping Chow.

The Seeing Stick begins, "Once in the ancient walled citadel of Peking there l…

Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff - Projects You Can Build For (and With) Kids! by Scott Bedford

On his personal website, Scott Bedforddescribes himself as an "Award Winning Online Creative Professional" working within the advertising and design industry. What is more interesting (and applicable here) is how hisWhat I Made website came to be. While sitting in a Starbucks with his restless young sons, trying to enjoy his latte, Bedford created something out of coffee stir sticks that ended up keeping his boys entertained, finishing his coffee in peace and sparking (re-sparking, really) his creative drive and reminding him of the "enormous joy gained from making things, even simple things, and that this joy is not the complexity or quality of the finished project but in the process of making itself. On Bedford'sWhat I Made website, he even shares Six Cool Coffee Shop Crafts for Kidsthat you can try out next time you want to enjoy your coffee and your kids are making that difficult. I've shared two below - be sure to check out the website and see the rest!

Be…