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Book Reviews of Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1)

Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1)
Inkheart - Inkheart, Bk 1
Author: Cornelia Funke
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 422 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
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39 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 27 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
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.)
Ladyslott avatar reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 113 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
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.
Net avatar reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
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!
sophiesperspective avatar reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 141 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1

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.
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Cornelia Funke twists and turns the story so much that you never know where you're going to end. The story starts on a dark and stormy night and is perfect to read for a dark and stormy day, when you can sing your teeth into it. It starts a great trilogy.
camsmommy avatar reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
While it was a very interesting story, it moved very slowly. I am a quick reader, but it seemed to take forever to get through this book.
daedelys avatar reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 1756 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
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.
cloverluv avatar reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 129 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This was actually a pretty good book for being for kids. If you liked Harry Potter you'll like Inkheart.
ophelia99 avatar reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 2527 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is the first book in the Inkheart Trilogy by Funke. I have enjoyed previous books by Funke including The Thief Lord, The Dragon Rider, and Reckless. So, I was excited to read this book. I listened to this on audio and the audio book is exceedingly well done and was a joy to listen to.

Maggie lives with her father who is a bookbinder and she absolutely adores books. Then one night a mysterious visitor arrives named Dustfinger. Dustfinger tells Maggie's father that Capricorn is looking for the Book. Maggie doesn't know what book but when her and her father suddenly have to leave on a mysterious trip, Maggie thinks it must be related to Dustfinger's visit. Suddenly Maggie is being drawn in to things more dangerous, more magical, and more heart-breaking than anything she has previously dealt with. Maggie will have to be resourceful and brave if she is to combat evil and save the world from an even greater evil.

This is a very well written book. I enjoyed the writing style and loved the way Funke's descriptions really make the world come alive for the reader. The bad guys are definitely evil and idea of a book literally coming alive as it is read from is interesting, if not completely original.

The characters are okay. They are all very human and easy to relate to. I was a bit disappointed that they weren't more proactive. For much of the book Maggie, her father, and Eleanor let Capricorn and his men push them around, constantly dictating what they would do. Maggie in particular acts young for her 12-13 years of age. Maggie spends a lot of time whining and bemoaning the fact that she can't help; she is really dependent on her father and has trouble taking action herself. I just felt that she was acting more like an 8 or 9 year old than a pre-teen and that bothered me. None of the characters are particularly likable; for the most part they are selfish. Even Maggie's father is willing to set aside Maggie's well-being if it means he gets what he's been longing for, and that is just not very admirable.

This book is probably aimed at a bit older crowd, more young adult, than middle grade. I was hoping for a middle grade fantasy I could read with my son. At points though this book talks about torture, cutting people up with knives, burning people with fire; sexual abuse of the females in Capricorn's village is implied if never discussed in detail. Definitely not something I would read to a younger child. For the most part the book is very dark in tone and very scary at points. It is not a magic scary, but a people killing each other in the real world kind of scary.

My other complaint is the plot. I expected it to be more magical, there is some magic here but not much. Most of the book is escape and capture scenarios repeated over and over. First they are captured, they escape, they are captured, they escape...it was all very predictable.

The book ends well with the major plot points wrapped up. I enjoyed how things were resolved in the end and, while the end is fairly predictable, it was well done. They are a few questions that remain unanswered, which I assume will be the story told in the second book Inkspell.

Overall this was a well written book with wonderful descriptions; the writing style is wonderful and really top notch. The characters weren't my favorite, I especially thought Maggie was a bit immature for her age. It is too dark of a book to read with younger children. The plot was fairly predictable but the idea of things coming alive from a book is a fun one. I am on the fence right now as to whether or not I will read the next book Inkspell. I own both Inkspell and Inkdeath, but I was really hoping for more magic and more of a middle grade level read, so I am not sure whether I will continue reading this or not.
althea avatar reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 774 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is one of those fantasy novels that is intended for
kids but can be enjoyed by anyone, much like the Harry Potter series.
Meggie is a young girl who lives with her father Mo, a loving and
caring bookbinder who gives Meggie all kinds of wonderful books - but
who has never read aloud to her.
When a mysterious visitor called Dustfinger arrives one night, Meggie
finds out why. When Meggie was only three years old, Mo was reading
aloud - and his wife disappeared, and some strangers appeared -
strangers who were characters from the book he was reading,
"Inkheart.". Not all nice characters either, but particularly nasty
The ringleader of the villains, Capricorn, wants to force Mo to read
for him, believing that Mo is in control of his magic power and that
it can be used to advantage. Dustfinger warns that Capricorn is now
hot on Mo's trail.
Capricorn has also been systematically destroying all the copies of
"Inkheart" that exist, so he will never have to return to his own
world. If he succeeds, any small chance of rescuing Meggie's mother
from the world inside the book will be gone...
Much action and adventure ensues - definitely a fun story.
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 1
This is an incredible book about a girl named Meggie, whos father can read things from books! It is about her trying to rescue her father after he was kidnapped from a dreadful character, who wants world domination, out of a surprisingly deadly book! It is amazing! When I was reading it, it looked like I was seeing a very good movie in my head! Check out this book! You will not regret reading it!
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 30 more book reviews
I loved this book. the literary qualify is superb. i was amazed to realize that it a translation.
I fell in love with the characters and could not wait to read the next book.
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on
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.
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 5 more book reviews
This book is amazing when I read this book I could not put it down!!!!!
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 31 more book reviews
One would have to really appreciate fantasy to enjoy this story. While I love fantasy such as Harry Potter...Inkheart was a bit much for me.

I loved how the main characters are book lovers and they work hard to protect books...that part of the story is very interesting and I could relate to it.

The fantasy part of the story was a bit too much fantasy for me. I wish I could explain why I like Harry Potter and I don't like this as much, but I really can't.

One of the difficulties I had with this book is that it is very long and has some endless, unnecessary details that make the book drag somewhat. There are chapters that are very "calm," almost too calm, that make it hard to stay with the book. Then there are some very exciting chapters. I think if there were fewer chapters that dragged on about endless details, this book might have been more enjoyable for me. That might be the main difference between this and Harry Potter...Harry Potter always kept me interested while Inkheart lost me a few times througout the story. I almost quit reading it several times out of boredom.

I do recommend it for fantasy buffs though...if you like fantasy, you'll love this! :-)
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 4 more book reviews
This book is NOT like Harry Potter. it is a good book but don't go thinking it's going to be like harry potter. it's more like lord of the rings and harry potter mixed.
dragoneyes avatar reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 581 more book reviews
I have owned Inkheart for awhile and have put off reading it for other books that I have. Boy, was that a mistake! I finally decided to read it and I loved it!
The story is about a girl named Meggie who loves books. Her father, Mo, loves books as well. Their house is filled with them. Even though they both read to themselves, Meggie noticed her father has never read out loud to her. One night a dark stranger appears at their house. From there the book just keeps on going. There is so much more to the book. I don't want to create any spoilers for those who have not read it though. The main part of this story is that Meggie finds out her Dad can read people and objects right out of any book. The catch is that something from this world must replace what he reads out of the other world. Meggie father realized that this might just be as much of a curse as it is a gift.
The book was fast paced and an enjoyable read. My favorite part about it is the way Meggie, her father and her great aunt all have such a love and respect of books. That reminds me so much of me that I fell in love with the book from the beginning. I highly recommed this book!
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 39 more book reviews
This is a fabulous book about mythical creatures coming out of a story book. It is a bit of a long read but definetely worth it. I suggest this book for ages 9+
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on
Great book, very imaginative. I think it's intended for older kids, but as an adult, I loved it. Read the other two in this trilogy but this was the best of the 3.
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 8 more book reviews
It was a okay book; I liked the second and third books better. The swear words in this book (and there are a lot of them) are quite a problem-swear words do not make any book better. Also, the book was rather slow in some parts, but over all a pretty good book.
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on
Awesome book! Much better than the movie. The story keeps you spellbound from beginning to end. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on
the book was awesome! it makes you appriciate books more.
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on
A bit slow-paced at the beginning, but when it picks up, it REALLY picks up. Original idea too, Cornelia Funke is one of my favorite children's authors.
nyteacher avatar reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 152 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.
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 6 more book reviews
I really enjoyed this book! It was a great fantasy! At first I was worried that I wouldn't like it since it's a children's book, but I was wrong. This book is def. for any age group, much like Harry Potter is. I def. recommend this book to anyone! Also I look forward to reading the sequels and seeing the new movie.
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 2 more book reviews
My son & I are reading this aloud and are a bit disappointed in it. The premise of the book is interesting but it seems to be moving very slowly. We wanted to read it before watching the movie but finally gave in an watched the movie before finishing the reading. The movie was also disappointing to us. (Still love Brendan Frasier, though!)
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on
If you're a Harry Potter fan then Cornelia Funke will be a true fun read. I give this a 4.5 star rating.
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 66 more book reviews
Very unusual fantasy. Took some time for me to warm to it, but when I did, i really enoyed it.
buzzby avatar reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 6062 more book reviews
Well, I didn't think anyone could be in the literary neighborhood as Jasper Fforde, but this has some similarities. Originally written in German, and probably appropriate for all ages. A little slow getting around to the plot (maybe read page 136 and on first), I couldn't help thinking they were in an alternate universe world where people still read books and only used cell phones when they had to.
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 62 more book reviews
I'd give it 10 stars if I could!
LovesBooks avatar reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 84 more book reviews
This book was a really interesting book. It had everything I could imagine or wanted when I was a child. This has become a keeper and I can't wait to get my hands on it's sequel. I'd suggest it to people who like fantasy.
SouthernChelz avatar reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 216 more book reviews
It was fun to listen the aunt go on and on about her favorite books and talk about what they meant to her. All the "good-guy" characters are excellent. I can't be expected to like the bad guys, can I? I don't and that makes them perfect for their parts. Our family listened to this together on cd. It is a fun book for all. There are some parts that lull but doesn't do too much to detract from the whole of the book. We can't wait to listen the part two!
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 272 more book reviews
I really liked this book. It was well written, and it would interest anybody who likes fantasy books. Can't wait to read the second in the series.
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 12 more book reviews
Not my "cup of tea". Tried to read it for our Church Monthly Book Club.
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on
I loved the book. I saw the movie first, but the book was a lot better.
katcurtis avatar reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 121 more book reviews
This was an okay book. It dragged in places and it lost my interest because of the length of the book.
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 9 more book reviews
Very good.
reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 32 more book reviews
Little details about this book, such as the bookbinder father working at his job, or the extreme security system on the bibliophile aunt's library, make this a charming, if a little tame, read.
bookcat avatar reviewed Inkheart (Inkheart, Bk 1) on + 29 more book reviews
My son loved this book...and I did too. It's great for kids and adults.
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