Author: Cornelia Funke
Genre: Children’s Modern Fantasy
Morality Rating: PG
Readability Rating: 4 stars
Buy it: Amazon
Inkheart is a fast-paced story that bridges the gap between stories and reality. I loved the descriptions, but for some reason, the characters never quite sucked me in.
Plot: Inkheart is a story about this man named Mo and his daughter Meggie. Mo has the special ability to read things out of books and bring them to life inside our own world. The premise of the book is that each story that was ever written actually exists somewhere in the world, operating on their own plots and schedules.
During a reading when Meggie was a young child, Mo accidentally read his own wife into a book and some other characters from the book into the real world. Both Mo and one of the characters (Dustfinger) want to find the book so that they can go back into the Inkworld.
During this it is discovered that there is another, evil, character (who Mo also read from the book) that has been destroying all of the copies of Inkheart because he prefers to live in the real world. All sorts of action and adventure occur after this discovery.
Characters: The characters were one of the only things I didn’t like about this book. For some reason, I never bonded with any of them. I wished the characters were more likable, because then I would have loved this book almost the most of any other children’s series I have ever read.
Setting: The book moves between the modern world and the book world of Inkheart. I thought it was really interesting how the story weaved between the two universes.
Writing: I really like the descriptions used in this book. I feel like Cornelia Funke is able to paint very vivid pictures about people and places. However, the entire story as a whole I thought was a little on the boring side. I never quite felt drawn into the story. I wanted to be, but I wasn’t. However, that is about the only quarrel that I have with the book.
Inkheart is well written and an original story. Any child over the age of 9 will enjoy reading this story. It would also make a great read-aloud story.