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- Print Length: 545 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; 1st edition (October 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 1, 2011
- Sold by: Scholastic Trade Publisher
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005OBBV44
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- Lending: Enabled
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Cornelia Funkes imaginative ode to books and book lovers is sure to be enjoyed by fans of her breakout debut, The Thief Lord, and young readers who enjoyed the similarly themed The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley. (Ages 10 to 15) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book is also, in a sense, all about books, and I love books about books. If you have a fairly good knowledge of classic children's literature, you'll enjoy those connections immensely. If you like books, particularly children's books, and you like fantasy and adventure, you will probably enjoy this book.
Quotations are used from many other children's and fantasy books. Those make the story even more enjoyable.
The writing is creative and interesting, the plot is fantastical and convoluted, the characters are varied and mostly interesting, sometimes likable and sometimes detestable, of course. Some characters aren't clearly good guys or bad guys, which is similar to life as we know it.
On the down side, which is minor, I am wondering just who this book was written for. I'm told it's children's literature. But children do not need to read about this much violence, surely, even when it is committed mostly by beings from books rather than reality? I don't know. I also find some plot twists to be very unbelievable, but it is a fantasy, after all.
I read this book on the Kindle (as I read most books) and only noticed one potential typo in the book (which is amazingly good, really).
The PLOT deviates some, so even if you've seen the movie, you'd be missing out not reading Funke's wonderful writing
You get the plot from other reviews', so I will leave you with this. There are NOT too many books of this genre that are truly original. This is. There are not too many books out there that don't fall into some campy dialogue. This doesn't.
I go through books, Kindle and otherwise, and after reading Inkheart, I went and purchased the trilogy hardcopy (of which I'm terribly discerning about what takes up space) because I think this is a classic.
My son just read it as well, he's 8, but reading beyond his 2nd grade level, he finished and immediately asked when he's getting the next one!! And has asked me twice, "Is it here yet?"
I think it's a testament to Funke's writing, that she can so capture myself and my son so completely.
I've never read a book that was as unpredictable as this one. I can usually guess things in the story and predict the ending of a book, which causes the story to lose its magic, but it was not so with this book.
I cannot wait to read the next book, Inkspell
I wish that Cornelia Funke was more well known, she is the best storyteller I've ever read!!!!!
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Anyway, not sure if this review has helped much but I'd recommend it for a 10-14 year olds. And definitely "reading with mummy time"!!