Saturday, January 23, 2010


By: Cornelia Funke, Translated into English from German By: Anthea Bell
Scholastic Inc.
June 2005
Ages: 9-12
Pages: 534

Inkheart is a delicious literary feast of fantasty and adventure that will grab the attention of even those who are staunchly adverse to reading of any kind. Inkheart is about a girl named Meggie, and a father with an amazing talent and a terrible secret. One night, Mo unintentionally read one of the cruelest villains out of a book, sending his beloved wife into the book to take the villain's place. This event comes back to haunt him and his young daughter and suddenly they are thrust into a world where fantasty and reality blur the lines and they are in a race agaisnt time to save the only chance they have of saving everything that they hold dear, battling for their very livelihoods in the process.
Who would benefit from reading this book?
Anyone. Anyone who loves fantasty and adventure and a classic battle of good verses evil. The plot thickens and takes surprising twists with each page that is turned.
What problems could this book potentially cause?
In this book, the villian, Capricorn, is particularly cruel beyond what is normal for most villains. He is violent, commanding and unpredictable. He commands a band of followers and puts people to death and orders them to be tortured without even so much as a blink of an eye. Some people might be adverse to exposing themselves to this.
What was my reaction to this book?
I truly love and appreciate this book. It is one that I would and could read over and over again without getting tired of it. It has helped me through some particularly rough and rocky times and comforted me when nothing else could. It's a wonderful escape. A good vacation without ever having to leave the comforts of your own home.

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