Meggie loves books. So does her father, Mo, a bookbinder, although he's never read aloud to her since her mother mysteriously disappeared. They live quietly until the night a stranger arrives with a warning. The next day, Mo starts packing but won't tell Meggie why. They must go into hiding. But from what? From whom? Soon, Mo's secret is revealed. ...
Meggie loves books. So does her father, Mo, a bookbinder, although he's never read aloud to her since her mother mysteriously disappeared. They live quietly until the night a stranger arrives with a warning. The next day, Mo starts packing but won't tell Meggie why. They must go into hiding. But from what? From whom? Soon, Mo's secret is revealed. He has the amazing ability to breathe life into stories, to make characters come alive. Years ago, he accidentally released a merciless villain from a book called Inkheart. And now, this hateful criminal is after Mo and his extraordinary gift...Meggie is hurled into the adventure of a lifetime, where the imaginary has become real. It's up to her to find a way to alter the course of the story that holds them all in its power.
This is a wonderful book with enchanting places and people. Her descriptions draw you in and keep you enthralled from the beginning to the end.
Oct 26, 2008
Great Read for Kids and Adults Alike
I read this book because my teenage daughter has been begging me to read it for a couple years and I am currently taking a children's lit course which finally gave me the opportunity to read it. I am very pleased that I did. The book is a quick read for its length, it keeps you engaged and wanting to know what comes next. I also like that it expresses the power of the written word in a way that is exciting to children. Another perk, as a future educator, is that at the beginning of each chapter there is an excerpt from another well-known children's literary work which may entice children to read the classics.
Jun 27, 2008
Worth sticking with
I first decided to read this book when I'd heard it was becoming a movie. At first it was a struggle for me to get into the story. No matter how much I read I just couldnt get hooked. There isn't a lot of action through most of the story. At least not heart-thumping action. However, I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. It definetly picked up in the end and really started to hold my attention. More then anything it's worth reading just for the second book.
May 23, 2007
inkheart comes alive
This was one of the best audio books I have ever listened to. It looks at what happens when fairy tale characters suddenly find themselves in our modern day world, and the power of the written word. The narrator (I believe it is Lynne Redgrave) made the story and characters leap from the page, so that it was like seeing a movie (kind of like the plot of the book itself!). It was a very exciting book, and having looked forward to the sequel(Inkspell), I was very disappointed when a different narrator was used for it.
Apr 11, 2007
A New Favorite
Meggie's father Mo has an interesting talent: when he reads aloud, things, and sometimes people, come out of their stories and into the real world! But now the evil Capricorn wants to use Mo's talents to bring himself great wealth and power. When Meggie realizes Mo is in danger, she is determined to save him. Can she do it?
This is an enchanting story full of adventure and magic. Though there is the classic good vs. evil theme, several surprising twists keep you guessing what will happen next. The characters are vivid and delightful although they are not always who they first appear to be. Lightly magical, humorous, and fun, Inkheart will appeal to those who like adventure and fantasy and to anyone who ever wished that a story could come to life.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-07-21 In Funke's (The Thief Lord) delectably thick and transfixing fantasy, 12-year-old Meggie learns that when her bookbinder father, Mo, reads a book aloud, the characters and other objects appear in the real world. Nine years ago, Mo accidentally brought out evil Capricorn and his loyal man, Basta, from Inkheart (as well as the "fire-eater," Dustfinger), and they are hot on his trail. Capricorn wants to destroy Mo's copy of the book so that Mo can't return Capricorn to his fictional life, and Capricorn wants the bookbinder to read out treasures (as in "gold") for him (as well as a murderous "friend" from Inkheart known as the Shadow). While the specifics of how the magic works remain a bit fuzzy, the characters are wonderfully complex, from tragic Dustfinger, who would stop at nothing to return to the world he misses, to the superstitious Basta who remains loyal to his boss even after the villain sentences him to death. Readers will quickly find themselves entranced by the well-orchestrated plot, commiserating with Meggie's great-aunt Elinor when Capricorn's men burn the bibliophile's library of rare books, and jumping when events take a suspenseful turn. Funke plans every exquisite detail: chapters begin with quotes from books such as The Wind in the Willows, setting the stage for this book about books, and bookworms will appreciate the opportunities to identify with the characters (e.g., Dustfinger does not want to learn the ending of Inkheart, both Mo and Elinor warn Meggie of the dangers of fire to those who surround themselves with pages, etc.). Meggie makes a triumphant heroine and in the end discovers her own secret talent. Funke once again proves the power of her imagination; readers will be captivated by the chilling and thrilling world she has created here. Ages 11-15. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2003-12-15 Tackling Funke's (The Thief Lord) meaty, intricately plotted tale of magic and books, Redgrave colors her reading with appropriately varying degrees of suspense, revelation and drama. Twelve-year-old Meggie, a self-proclaimed bookworm, finds it odd that her bookbinder father, Mo, has never read aloud to her. But when a mysterious man named Dustfinger appears in the rainy shadows of the garden one night, Meggie begins to unravel the secret her father has kept all her life: when Mo reads aloud from books, the characters come to life and appear before him. This magical power proves dangerous, as characters from a certain book-Inkheart-are on the loose and after Mo. Many twists and turns that will particularly intrigue those who love books unfold before Meggie ultimately learns that she and her father have something in common when it comes to magic. Redgrave's voice takes on growling, sometimes whispery qualities as she portrays villains; a brighter inquisitive tone prevails as Meggie makes observations and interacts with the other characters. The end result is a satisfying listen, perfect for long winter evenings by the fire. Ages 11-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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