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Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1)
Inkheart - Inkheart, Bk 1
Author: Cornelia Funke
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 sh...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780439709101
ISBN-10: 0439709105
Publication Date: 6/1/2005
Pages: 560
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 419 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 113 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Inkheart tells the story of Meggie and her father Mo. One dark and stormy night their lives are turned upside down with the arrival of a stranger. He calls Mo âSilvertongue' and is there to warn them that someone named Capricorn was on his way. So begins the story of how Meggie's dad could read characters out of books, and how one day he accidentally read Meggie's mother into a book. Now one of the characters he read out of a book, a sadistic killer, wants to keep Mo a prisoner to do his bidding and make him the most powerful man on earth.

A book lover's delight, Inkheart has opening epigraphs to each chapter that call to mind many beloved children's books. There are a number of familiar characters read out of books too. This is a children's book, however like Harry Potter many adults will enjoy it also. The adventures of Mo, Meggie, Aunt Elinor, and two characters from books, Dustfinger and Farid, who want to go âhome', will linger long after the last page is turned.
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 281 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
If you ever have the wonderful chance to read this out loud with your whole family I guarantee you're ALL going to "fall into" the story! This is part one of a perfectly plotted trilogy written, supposedly, for kids. It really does appeal to all ages though!
Growing up with a Father who would not read out loud to her and a Mother who she thinks is dead made Meggy mature beyond her years. The adventures she falls into with her Father lead to places only found in our imaginations. A really fine place!
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 27 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I found this on a friend's bookshelf a few years ago, when I was 16. The description on the back was less than promising - of course, I always think the book descriptions sound stupid, even if I love the book - but she told me it was good, so I borrowed it. She was right - it was amazing.

Even though it's marketed towards younger kids, I thought it was a great story for anyone to read - much like the Harry Potter series. I find that fantasy books written for younger kids sometimes have the best stories...

I tend to love characters that I pity, and this book gave me one of my favorite characters of all time: Dustfinger. He has all the characteristic I love in a character: mysterious, sad, and introverted. His story was very tragic, and I adored him... even though he tended to betray the other characters every once in a while.

The story itself was interesting and exciting. It is told through the points of view of several different characters, which I always like. (Naturally, I looked forward to the chapters centering on Dustfinger more than any others.)
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 1756 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I really felt that this book started out slow and took more than 100 pages to finally start getting good. I remember having tried once to read it before and gave up after a couple of chapters because I figured I just wasn't "in the mood" for this type of story and had set it aside for later. This time I kept going because the movie finally came out and I still hadn't gotten around to reading the book, even though I've had it for several years now.

I did feel, that after getting good, the book slowed down and I tended to find myself more interested in picking at my cuticles than in reading it. But it roller-coastered again and I'd find myself glued to the pages.

The big plus of this book, is that it has something every reader can be enchanted by, and that's the possibility of characters coming right out of their books. The plot and idea of the story is wonderful, but sometimes the author's storytelling skills are a little bland.
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
My daughter actually suggested this and I'm glad she did. Definitely a good read and not childish in writing even though its recommended for kids. Definite 5 star!
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reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 150 more book reviews
I found the concept of this book more interesting than the book itself. Meggie is the daughter of a single father who repairs books. She doesn't know what happened to her mother until a mysterious visitor shows up and causing her father to flea with her in the night. As more information is uncovered, Meggie finds out that her father has the ability to read people and things out of (or into) books. While I found this idea fascinating, there were a lot of parts that seemed to really drag out. There were times when I was completely absorbed in the book and other times when my mind kept wondering. I think it's worth giving the next book a try, but not sure if I'll finish the series.
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This well-paced, 534 page book slips by surprisingly fast. It is certainly not a book for young children - it is much too dark, too scary for that. Older children & adults will be able to appreciate the necessity of the darkness, rejoice at the light, & understand why it has a largely, but not entirely, happy ending. A unique contribution to literature that honestly makes the reader wonder, "do I REALLY want books to come to life like I think I do?" From the first to the last this novel wraps itself around the reader and refuses to let go.

A word for parents: in addition to some frightening creatures (& humans!) In this book, there are a couple times a character curses. This is a book I recommend reading before simply handing it to your child. Make sure your child can handle the story BEFORE handing it to them. Save them & yourself (possible) sleepless nights.
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The storyline, characters, plot, and pace is just right for this book. I enjoyed it for light fantasy reading. The book isn't deeply philosophical with a social commentary guiding it, it's just simple fun reading.

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