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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (Hardcover) Hardcover – January 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 535 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House/Scholastic; 1st Us Edition edition (2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0439852706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439852708
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (782 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,193,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cornelia Funke is one of today's most beloved writers of magical stories for children. She is the author of The Thief Lord, Dragon Rider, Inkheart, Inkspell, the Ghosthunters series, When Santa Fell to Earth, and Igraine the Brave. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, California, in a house full of books.

Customer Reviews

This book was very interesting to read.
A. Anderson
If you love stories with magic, courage, hope, and characters who make you wish you could read them to life, just to meet them, then this is the book for you.
SilverSparrow04
A wonderful mix of fantasy, humor, bittersweet stories, and adventure, INKHEART pulls you in just as well as Mo can pull characters out of books.
"gaimanreader"

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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Although I haven't read the author's previous work, The Thief Lord, I eagerly delved into Inkheart. The book's size, a staggering 534 pages, didn't faze me because the pacing was so expertly achieved. The book felt like it was made of only around 200 pages. Cornelia Funke constructs her sentences beautifully, transporting readers instantly to Elinor's Italian house, Capricorn's abandoned Italian village, and even somewhat Meggie and Mo's house. The characters seem as though they were real, and I enjoyed the charming references to some of Meggie's favorite books, several of which I have also read. One of these amusing references is to Lord of the Rings, referred to as the "hairy-footed people's quest" in Inkheart. This is truly the book lover's book, because unless you've read the book or seen the movie or are extremely clever, you couldn't guess it. This novel keeps you guessing until the very end of the book when the stunning conclusion grabs you and won't let go. I look forward to more stunning works from Cornelia Funke in the future!
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84 of 99 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
From the very first pages of this wonderfully well constructed tale, to the very last page, I was hooked. The words of the author evoke wonderfully clear pictures in the reader's mind and the air of suspense is maintained without terrifying younger readers. I would reccommend this book to any reader from fifth grade to adult. The characters were believable and, as a reader, I cared what happened to them. The reverence for books made it doubly rewarding. ...
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132 of 159 people found the following review helpful By bensmomma on January 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
We liked this one even better than Funke's most recent work, "The Thief Lord." Inkheart's premise is even more engaging: Meggie's dad, a bookbinder, is so marvelous at reading out loud that many years ago he "read" the villain Capricorn from a book called "Inkheart" into reality. The villain then kidnapped Meggie's mom. Meggie and her dad must find them and trick them back into the book.
Although Inkheart is a long book (500+ pages), Funke establishes the thrills and the threat in the book's premise almost immediately, on a dark and stormy night and the day following when Meggie and her dad first try to make their escape. The narrative continues to an isolated village in Italy where Meggie encounters a menagerie of minor evil characters who have also escaped from the book.
Meggie is an engaging and spunky heroine that will appeal to both boy and girl readers.
A nice feature of the book is its general love for books - dad Mo is a bookbinder, aunt Elinor is a book collector with a huge library. Clearly Funke is not a lightweight trying to cash in on the Harry Potter fantasy kick; she conveys her love of books and language in a way that will enthuse any reader from 8 to 80.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Christina Watson on January 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I orginally bought this book for my daughter to read, but I ended up devouring the book in a day. The imagery that the author uses is vivid. The idea that someone could actually read characters out of a book grabbed me right away- truly a Pandora's box.

The plot has a great layout first making you wonder 'just what is this book really about?' The hook is set and the couriosity activated with the musings of Meggie as to her Father's unusual actions and the appearence of an odd stranger that seems to know her father quite well. As more was revealed I was enveloped by the ethical or moral dilema of Mo, Meggie and the other characters on the good team that are in fact responsible for tossing the snowball down the hill in the first place.

I was excited to see the next book in the series and devoured it just as quickly. I anxiously await the next book as well as the movie I have heard is in the making.

If you like a fanasty book set in modern day Earth, like the Harry Potter books (among others) then I highly recomend this book.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. Hamilton on June 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am 40yrs old and I don't read. NOT AT ALL!! There was a book fair at my job and as I was looking through the books, I came across a couple of Cornelia Funke's books. The first book I bought was "The Thief Lord" (which is a good book.) After I finished reading it I enjoyed it so much that I bought "Dragon Rider" then "Inkheart" which was recommended by one of the vendors for the book fair. When I started reading Inkheart I couldn't put it down. Since I'm a slow reader, I could grasp all of the details and it takes you on a magical ride. I know kids love it but I will also recommend it for adults as well. If you want to step away from reality sometime, this book is the way to go. The characters are alive and vivid and they really catch your attention. I'm not going to give what happens away, but I think you should buy this book. Definitely a treasure. I recently bought "Inkspell" (the sequel to "Inkheart") and can't wait to get into it.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Hillary DePiano on April 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Young adult fantasy is possibly my favorite thing to read and after reading The Thief Lord I was extremely excited about this title. It sounded so exciting and innovative that I was downright crushed when I actually read it and found it to only be mediocre at best. It began strongly enough, but as the book continued I began to look at all the pages left to go with a groan as it was very slow going and I had very little interest in the characters and their situation. The premise is not nearly as exciting as it sounds and the "real" word is burdened with too many cartoonish characters to make it feel like a departure from the fantasy world. This book is also far too long and meandering. The parts that are exciting are sandwiched between parts that are painstakingly dull and the story seems to "end" several times before the book actually does. At times, it seems the author is being paid by the word count rather than for content. The characters are flat, the villain is decidedly the Diet Coke of Evil whom we are apparently meant to believe is evil just on the narrator's word without her showing us (the most evil thing he does is burn stuff like a Count Olaf wannabe), and the narrative voice is preachy about the virtues of reading other books. When the author mentioned a Peter Pan or other classic, I only found myself wishing I were reading one of them instead of this story (especially when these references are tied to a strange feeling of arrogance as if the author was doing some sort of wink wink nudge nudge as if we were meant to include this book in that class, which it is definitely not). I made it to the end of the story, but it was very slow going and most of the drudgery was not worth the few good parts.
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