Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
( Trilogy)

81%

23 Critic Reviews

Have you ever seen characters riding out of books? But this is what happens in this book - the whole story revolves around a book called Inkheart...Such breathtaking things are going to happen, you cannot even imagine. SPECTACULAR!, FABULOUS! BREATHTAKING! If you've got to read a book it's got to be this one.
-Guardian

Synopsis

From internationally acclaimed storyteller Cornelia Funke, this bestselling, magical epic is now out in paperback! One cruel night, Meggie's father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART-- and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever. This is INKHEART--a timeless tale about books, about imagination, about life. Dare to read it aloud.
 

About Cornelia Funke

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Author Cornelia Funke was born in Dorsten, Germany in 1958. After graduating from university, she worked as a social worker for three years. After completing a course in book illustration at the Hamburg State College of Design, she worked as a children's book illustrator and designed board games. Her desire to draw magical worlds and her disappointment over the way some stories were written inspired her to write her own children's books. Her book, The Thief Lord, won the Mildred L. Batchelder Award for the best translated children's book of the year and the Book Sense Book of the Year Award. She has also received the Book Sense Children's Literature Award for Inkheart and Inkspell. Funke has written numerous books including Dragon Rider, When Santa Fell to Earth, Igraine The Brave, Reckless, Saving Mississippi, Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath, Igraine the Brave, and The Princess Knight. Inkheart has been adapted into a film.
 
Published January 1, 2007 by Scholastic. 563 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 23 | Positive: 23 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
on May 20 2010

It is hard to avoid preciosity in books about books, but here Funke pulls off the feat with vigor...Master translator Bell takes the German text and spins out of it vivid images and heart-stopping language that impel the reader through this adventure about narratives—a true feast for anyone who has ever been lost in a book.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Groovy Dhruv on Apr 18 2011

Have you ever seen characters riding out of books? But this is what happens in this book - the whole story revolves around a book called Inkheart...Such breathtaking things are going to happen, you cannot even imagine. SPECTACULAR!, FABULOUS! BREATHTAKING! If you've got to read a book it's got to be this one.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Groovy Dhruv on Apr 18 2011

Such breathtaking things are going to happen, you cannot even imagine. SPECTACULAR!, FABULOUS! BREATHTAKING! If you've got to read a book it's got to be this one.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Diana Wynne Jones on Nov 22 2003

You get only tantalising glimpses of the book Fenoglio wrote...but you gather that there are fairies, trolls, dire beasts and magic in it. When the villains are at last defeated and the denizens of the book tumble through into reality, it is quite disappointing to find them gaudy, small and trivial.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Kelly Atwood on Nov 23 2010

Inkheart(2003) is a timeless story about a book and the dangers of really getting lost in one...Meggie then finds herself trapped inside an adventure that she had only read about and up against Capricorn’s army. Now she must find the strength and magic inside of herself in order to defeat the nightmares of the Inkworld.

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Pajiba

Above average
Reviewed by Jen Ji on Jan 05 2009

It’s a great first novel to set up the characters, setting, and dynamics for the sequels. Hopefully they will jump right into the action and the author will assume her audience can handle a threat being carried out.

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About.com

Good
Reviewed by Jayme Meyers on Jul 19 2015

As stories go, it is quiet exceptional, full of adventure, heartache, chases and mystery, a fantastical ride and tribute to the world of books. But as novels go, when you add in all the ingredients needed other than simply a great concept, Inkheart is ever so slightly undercooked and over mixed.

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Common Sense Media

Good
Reviewed by Matt Berman on Mar 07 2004

But despite the slow pacing and repetition, this is a rousing adventure. Meggie is a stalwart heroine, and the villains are truly creepy and brutal...Each chapter begins with a quote from another children's book...The whole thing is a paean to books, authors, reading, and especially reading aloud.

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BellaOnline

Good
Reviewed by Taisha Turner on Dec 07 2015

The premise of the children's fantasy book is very different and intriguing. There will be no spoilers in this article. Get Cornelia Funke's Inkheart and meet a cast of well-written characters.

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Book Buzz

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Chain on Feb 03 2012

It’s a thick book, but it moves quickly. Because it focuses on books — Tinkerbell gets read out of “Peter Pan” at one point — and stories, both young and old readers will enjoy it if only for its references.

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Kidz World

Excellent
on Nov 06 2008

Imagine you could bring the characters from your favorite books to life? Well, Meggie’s father Mo can...Inkheart is magical, adventurous and perfect for any book addict. It’s written like a modern fairy tale and is sure to become a classic.

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KidsReads

Above average
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on Oct 01 2003

The language of INKHEART is smooth and engrossing with only a few awkward slip-ups to indicate that it was translated from the original German. Meggie and Mo's story is exciting, but it takes its time...It is not a stretch to say that INKHEART, with its broad fantasy and memorable characters, will be a classic someday, too.

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Greenwood Public Library

Good
Reviewed by Madelyn Nolting on Jan 26 2009

I liked this book, but I think it souldn’t be read all at once. It should be savored, little by little. I would recommend this book to someone who loves fantasy.

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Greenwich Library

Good
Reviewed by Ed on Nov 21 2010

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. Inkheart includes intense problems, thrilling action, and passionate characters...The topic of Inkheart is an unusual topic that conjures amazing images in your head while you read. Cornelia Funke has strong language and a captivating way of writing. I believe everyone should read Inkheart.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Hoolia, on Jul 03 2015

Though Inkheart is a fantasy book, Funke describes the book in such a way that it practically seems like it’s real. With plot twists and Meggie’s heart-felt inner feelings, it’s no wonder why this book’s sequel won awards as well. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did...

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Teen Ink

Good
on Jul 03 2015

Meggie, Mo and even Resa are all relatable characters. They share their love for books with each other as well as the reader. Anyone who loves books as much as these three characters should definitely read Inkheart. Inkheart is a timeless read perfect for any reader who loves to get lost in a written adventure.

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Fantasy Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Floresiensis on Jan 01 2013

A tale of kidnap, deceit, magic and murder, this is not a tale for the faint hearted! A wonderfully written and original story...It is a very thick book...but if you are truly serious about reading then you will receive an awful lot of pleasure from persisting with this tale.

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by fyrefly on Jan 07 2009

Still, I really enjoyed re-reading it, and am tempted to bump its rating up to 4 stars...If you’ve read Inkheart and are feeling at all ambivalent, let me encourage you to keep going – the other books in the trilogy get more complex...and worth slogging through the parts where Inkheart‘s a bit slow.

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Story Snoops

Above average
Reviewed by Shannon on Jun 20 2015

This modern-day fairy tale will particularly appeal to book enthusiasts with its many references to literature...At over five hundred pages, this book may be best for avid readers who like a good adventure that pays off in end. In addition, this book has been translated to English and as a result some of the prose can be tough to get through.

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Things Mean a Lot

Above average
Reviewed by Ana S on Nov 25 2008

This is undoubtedly a book for book lovers, and I had a lot of fun with it...I loved the fact that Inkheart is full of nods to other books. In fact, each chapter begins with a quote from another story...unfortunately I didn’t love it. And I really wanted to.

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Kidsmomo

Good
Reviewed by Karlee on Mar 17 2014

This fantasy book is a really adventures story. I love it because it makes you feel like you are really in the story with all the detail and descriptions of what the characters see...This book is worth the time to read. So pick this book up right now.

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Above average
Reviewed by Jill Marshall on May 01 2003

I don't know what happens to the story that's left in the book once you read the main character out of it...Full of ideas, this one. If you like to play around with notions of reality, I think you'll enjoy it. It's a long book though - that's fine if you like to settle into a story, but not so good if you're looking forplenty ofaction.

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Mrs. Q Book Addict

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Nov 11 2011

The characters in Inkheart are very original, and well developed. This book is simply a book for book lovers. Although, it was very long and at times I wished it was shorter I did really enjoy it. I would recommend it, and since it's a trilogy I plan to continue the series. It is an excellent fantasy novel.

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