- 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 (919 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (Hardcover) Hardcover – 2003
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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.
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.
The reader learns all of these facts in exposition, not live action!!! A very important distinction, because this story, while having a great idea, fails to execute it in a way that evokes magic or drama.
The author plainly loves words and stories and is masterful at sensory details, so the first chapters draw you in. But her plot is annoying at best. What you get in the first chapter is the same as the rest - a lot of thinking and talking, but very little doing. Many many many pages are devoted to the characters driving from one house to another, or escaping from a village on foot through trails and bemoaning the fact that it's cold, they're tired, and there are snakes, oh dear, but hey, snakes don't come out at night, so who cares that there are snakes? This is literally explained to us by the characters. Or they spend lots of time shut up in a room, complaining about the lack of freedom.
The problem is the author forgot about story structure. She makes Meggie and her father the protatonists when the theme of the story (displaced characters) is best portrayed by the characters who were shifted out of their world, namely, Meggie's mother and Dustfinger. Dustfinger is by far the most interesting character and the only one with any kind of character arc. I guess the author thought a childrens' book has to be told from the child's point of view, but Meggie is a very passive character.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From my 12 year old: "This is a good book for teens who are fine with some swear words here and there. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Chad Ray
I just recently finished reading this book by Cornelia Funke. It's a story about stories—the people who write them, bind them, and who live in them. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Vijayalakshmi Sathyanarayanan
This was fascinating for me--granny and all, and I am planning on giving it to all my teenage grandchildren for Christmas.Published 18 days ago by Hawaiian granny
I’ve had the boxset for this series for years and years and again booktubeathon and the tbr jar happened and I was finally able to read the first book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BookWorm221
A little long in the middle but a good read. Good characters.Published 1 month ago by Susan Stgagnitta
Purchased this gift set for my niece- she loved it. Got there right on time.Published 1 month ago by MissMean