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Inkheart Hardcover – October 1, 2003
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Meggie, now a young lady, knows nothing of her father's bizarre and powerful talent, only that Mo still refuses to read to her. Capricorn, a being so evil he would "feed a bird to a cat on purpose, just to watch it being torn apart," has searched for Meggie's father for years, wanting to twist Mo's powerful talent to his own dark means. Finally, Capricorn realizes that the best way to lure Mo to his remote mountain hideaway is to use his beloved, oblivious daughter Meggie as bait!
Cornelia Funkes imaginative ode to books and book lovers is sure to be enjoyed by fans of her breakout debut, The Thief Lord, and young readers who enjoyed the similarly themed The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley. (Ages 10 to 15) --Jennifer Hubert
From School Library Journal
Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
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A little long in the middle but a good read. Good characters.Published 5 days ago by Susan Stgagnitta
Purchased this gift set for my niece- she loved it. Got there right on time.Published 8 days ago by MissMean
Lynn Redgrave, the narrator of the unabridged audio version of this book, does a superb job, and listening to her is a pleasure. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Just My Op
Good until a character used the Lord's name in vain. Stopped reading right there. Don't even bother buying this book if that offends you too.Published 17 days ago by Andrea Christensen
This is my favourite book in the world. Seriously. The quality of the book was rubbish, however. This was a big let-down for me as the cover bent easily, the pages were made from... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Joseph Connery
I really enjoyed this book! I would also definitely recommend it to anyone that enjoys fantasy and young adult books. Read morePublished 25 days ago by E.Robyn
This book series was on a list of "books to read if you liked Harry Potter". I'm not sure why, because it's not "magic" like Harry Potter. Read morePublished 1 month ago by aems
Still just as good, if not better than, when I read it the first time back in middle school. A great story that keeps you engaged for hours. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brittany