September 24, 2012 at 09:34PM
AWARD-WINNING BOOK CHALLENGE REVIEW
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Dressler Verlag, The Chicken House and Scholastic, 2003
Awards: Phantastik-Preis der Stadt Wetzlar for children’s fiction in Germany, 2004
Kalbacher Klapperschlange – German Children’s Choice Award
Silberner Griffel Award – Netherlands
As a reader, it’s a delicious idea to think of book characters coming to life. I’d love to meet Jane Eyre and Jo March
but, hmm, Madame Defarge– not so much.
Sinister characters can stay between the covers of books.
Inkheart is an engaging story for middle-graders based on the very idea of interacting with book characters. Meggie, the courageous heroine, discovers a talent inherited from her dad that changes her life by reversing a loss. The road to her happy ending is long, winding and treacherous, however. Funke has created memorable characters in addition to Meggie– Elinor, whose library collection is her most precious possession, Dustfinger, who yearns for a former life, and Capricorn, the evil character you wouldn’t wish to meet.
Inkheart is the first title of a trilogy. Inkspell and Inkdeath follow. I have not read these titles, but Inkheart is a page turner, a flashlight-under-the-covers kind of story.
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Award-Winning Book Challenge Status: 7/12