Monday, July 20, 2009

Review: Inkheart

Title: Inkheart
Author: Cornelia Funke
Age Group: Children (8-12 years old)
My Rating: 2/5

Meggie Folchart is a girl who loves, loves, loves books. She gets it from her book-binding father, Mo. He is always telling her stories and plays games involving Meggie's favorite book characters, but he does not read from the books.

One night, a strange man named Dustfinger appears at their house. Meggie is not sure why Dustfinger seems familiar. However Dustfinger happens to be one of the reasons why Mo no longer reads aloud. This is the night that changes Meggie's life. She embarks on an adventure to save her dad, but she also discovers where her mom is and a special talent that she inherited from Mo.

When I began this book, I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the quotes in the beginning of the chapters from other stories. The character's were very likable. The father/daughter relationship was heart-warming and their love of books was totally relatable.
Then about 100 pages into the book...I got bored. It kind of became a chore to read. In the end, I was disappointed by this book and I was not looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.

Here are a few of the quotes in Inkheart that I enjoyed.
"It's a good idea to have your own books with you in a strange place." Mo Folchart
"If you take a book with you on a journey, an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what if smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you ere reading it...yes, books are like flypaper---memories cling to the printed page better than anything else." Mo Folchart
"You're the one who says books have to be heavy because the whole world's inside them." Meggie Folchart

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