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Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy) Paperback – June 1, 2005
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Meggies father, Mo, has an wonderful and sometimes terrible ability. When he reads aloud from books, he brings the characters to life--literally. Mo discovered his power when Maggie was just a baby. He read so lyrically from the the book Inkheart, that several of the books wicked characters ended up blinking and cursing on his cottage floor. Then Mo discovered something even worse--when he read Capricorn and his henchmen out of Inkheart, he accidentally read Meggies mother in.
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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8-An inventive plot and memorable characters will draw listeners into Cornelia Funke's fantasy (Scholastic, 2003). Twelve-year-old Meggie and Mo, her book binder father, are fleeing their old enemy, Capricorn, when they arrive at Great Aunt Eleanor's book-lined villa in Italy. Though the three of them are brave and wily by turns, their cruelly-powerful nemesis manages to find them and their copy of the book, Inkheart. That's when Meggie learns about her father's extraordinary ability to read book characters into life, and the events that caused her mother's disappearance when Capricorn emerged from the title book. Meggie, Mo, Eleanor, and a host of friends and enemies go through plot twists that involve captures, escapes and, finally, an end to Capricorn's reign of terror. At the heart of it all, is the power of story and family love. Actress Lynn Redgrave shows her considerable powers as a narrator with well-chosen voices that fit each character and mood. Anthea Bell gets kudos for a translation from the German that is both lyrical and exciting. The sound quality and packaging are well done with information on which chapters can be found on each cassette. Inkheart is a nuanced and intriguing recording that will appeal to adults and teens as well as upper elementary and middle school students. It will be a popular choice in school libraries that serve students from grade four up, and public libraries as well.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The premise of the book is that it's possible for someone who reads really well, and who reads aloud extremely well to read out loud SO well that the story they're reading not only feels like it comes alive, but that the story and the whole universe actually DOES come alive, and the universe in the book touches this one, and the characters in the book can move into our universe, and people from here can move into the books.
In the story, Mo is one of these excellent readers, and one night, while reading an adventure story to his wife and baby daughter, he accidently brings some characters out of the book. Only later does he realize that his wife has disappeared!
Even worse, adventure stories may be exciting to read about, but would be very unpleasant to live through, and the characters he lets into this universe are not all ones you'd like to be friends with.
The story is told from the viewpoint of the baby, about 11 years after her mom's disappearance, and develops into a fantastical adventure story of her own, along with Mo, her aunt, and some friends.
Cornelia Funke writes a story that comes alive and seems to dance off the pages of the book and into your heart.
Don't miss Inkspell and Inkdeath, too!
a story like this is full of all the things that all children love and fear, magic, terrible bad men, fairies, love. and it plays them together very well. the characters read like those from a fairytale, but that's okay; that's what this is. i'm looking forward to book 2
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What intrigued me: My dad got me a copy of this when I was 10 or 11 and it's been one of my...Read more