Book Review: Inkheart
Funke, Cornelia. Inkheart. Scholastic/Chicken House. 2003.
Meggie has been surrounded by books her entire life. Her father is a book binder by trade. When a mysterious man named Dustfinger appears in the middle of the night and calls her father by a strange name, Silvertounge, Meggie’s life is thrown into chaos as things from books start becoming more and more real.
One dark night, a mysterious man called Dustfinger appears at the house where Meggie lives with her father, a bookbinder. Dustfinger’s arrival sets in motion a long, complicated chain of events involving a journey, fictional characters brought to life, dangerous secrets revealed, threats of evil deeds, actual evil deeds, a long-lost relative found, and the triumph of creativity and courage. Despite the presence of several well-developed, sympathetic characters, the plot is often driven by the decidedly menacing, less-convincing villains. Although Meggie, one of the few young people in the book, remains the central character, she is not always in the forefront of the action or even on the scene. The points of view of sympathetic adult characters become increasingly important and more fully developed as the story progresses. Like many other fantasies, this will appeal to a broad age range, though the writing is far less child-centered than it is, for example, in the Harry Potter series. Translated from the German, this long book was written by the author of The Thief Lord (2002).
– Carolyn Phelan
– Source for choosing this book: Booklist
– Grades 6-12
– Related Book: Jones, Diana Wynne. House of Many Ways. Greenwillow. 2008
– Both books focus on a young adult main character who loves books and reading and have fantastic elements to the story line.