When thinking about the realism of the characters, I find Ike a bit unrealistic. He is a black dot of ink that has been "humanized" with arms, head, and legs. However, I think students will enjoy Ike. I wonder if students will realize Ike is a splotch of ink. I didn't find any slang or poor grammar and found the dialogue format to be realistic. I don't think this story expands the curriculum but I think it will guide some children to have connections and feel as Ike does. The artwork is pleasing and the illustrations fit the text. The mediums used are ink and digital collage. I was surprised to read collage was used because it didn't feel like collage to me. Maybe I don't know enough about digital collage. Collage is one of my favorite mediums and I often pick books up because I can see, feel, and enjoy the collage format. I do think this book will help students think about their own writing life and how sometimes things have to be just right to write. It can be a springboard for students to get to know themselves better. I found myself wanting to know more when the story finished. Ike makes a great ink to write with. He starts to write and I want to know what Ike writes about.
If I was reading this book with my everyday teaching and reading lens I would say it's a book to have in your books about writing collection.