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***The City of Ink Drinkers

by Eric Sanvoisin

Illustrations by Martin Matje

Translated from French by Georges Moroz

Reviewed November 21, 2002.
Delacorte Press, New York, 2002.  40 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (JF SAN).

This book is based on a fun idea, although it’s so short, it doesn’t go far with the idea.

Apparently, there have been two earlier books about the Ink Drinkers, Ink Drinker, and  A Straw For Two.  Ink drinkers are similar to vampires, only they feed on the ink of books.  Using a straw, they suck up the words of a book, experiencing the scenes of the book as they do.  Friends Odilon and Carmilla learn from Carmilla’s Uncle Draculink that their cemetery is going to be moved.  They must find a new home within a mile of Draculink’s cemetery of origin.  They need to find a place where they can keep their supply of books to drink.

The scenario makes a fun problem, but the problem is easily solved and the book ends quickly.  Still, it would be great for a beginning chapter book reader, as it’s more than a picture book with chapter headings added.
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