Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Why Won't Meggie's Father Read to Her?


Meggie has always loved reading, and her books are some of her most treasured possessions. Her father, Mo, is a skilled book binder and spends his life traveling to repair old books. Stories have always held a special place in their lives. Yet, for as long as she can remember her father has never read to her. When Meggie spies her father wrapping a mysterious book in brown paper, she becomes curious. Especially since Mo tells her to pack up her favorite books because they need to leave their house for a while. As they are leaving, Dustfinger shows up. He is a stranger to Meggie, but her father seems to know him and lets him come with them. Conversations between her father and Dustfinger make Meggie want to know more about a man named Capricorn. Her dad refuses to tell her more, and before long they arrive at her long lost mother’s Aunt Elinor’s house. Elinor was unaware that she would be having visitors, and she is a bit cold. She even says she doesn’t know if she has room for them because all of her bedrooms are filled with books. Meggie is doubtful that anyone could have that many books, and she can’t wait to see the inside of the home. It turns out that Elinor is a collector of books, and Meggie is in awe of the amazing library in her house. She becomes even more intrigued when she hears her father and Elinor talking about the book in the brown wrapping, and she learns that there are very few copies of the book in existence because someone is stealing them. Why would someone steal one specific book? Why does Dustfinger keep calling her dad, Silvertongue? What is the reason that Mo doesn’t read aloud and what really happened to Meggie’s mother? Wait until you read this book! Your imagination will run wild!

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke will be a favorite of people who love books and stories. You will want to visit Elinor’s house to look through her one of a kind library, filled with treasures you didn’t even know existed. As someone who always feels at home with my favorite books, I could relate to Meggie’s love for stories and the comfort she gets from reading and rereading her favorites. The magic that takes place in this fantasy adventure makes you realize that anything is possible. This is the first in a trilogy. I think anyone from 8 years old and up would enjoy this fanciful read. Although the book is long, children as young as 8 can enjoy it on their own if they like a challenge, or with an adult to help the story come to life. Once you realize what happens when Mo reads aloud, you will be on the edge of your sear. The author uses a lot of description to help readers picture the varied characters and different settings. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I just heard that there is a movie version and I will check that out as well. This is a book that you will spend a lot of time thinking about after you turn the last page. There is something about the characters and the plot that you will turn over in your mind time and time again.

Has anyone else read Inkheart? Or another book by Cornelia Funke? If so, what did you think?

Happy reading!
~L

31 comments:

  1. On my wish list for a while now after this post I'm more determined than ever to get hold of a copy.

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  2. Very nice review, thanks. I've never read Inkheart but I have heard so many good things about it. Now you have really tempted me, but that's ok, cause I am going to the library today anyway and will see if there is an available copy.

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    1. Thanks, Alex! I hope the library had it for you. :) ~L

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  3. I've never really fancied Inkheart but after this review, it's gone straight to my must-read list.

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    1. Barbara- Happy reading! It is a unique book. :) ~L

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  4. I have read Inkheart and the others in the series and I loved them. My daughter recommended them to me and said this series would give Harry Potter a run for it's money. The movie is great too. I give it a thumbs up and recommend that people get a copy. Read on and read always.

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    1. Marilyn- I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I can't guess where the story will go! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the books. I look forward to watching the movie.
      Great mantra! ~L

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  5. I tried to get into audio books, and this was my first one. I had a difficult time keeping my attention and the pace was slow. I liked the story, and think I'd love the books. Maybe I should cave and ignore the audio and get to reading. It's what I prefer anyway. :)

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    1. Hi Ciara- I enjoy audio books- but I imagine the one for Inkheart would be very long (it is a lengthy book). If you read the book and enjoy it more than the audio, I would love to know about it! Happy reading. :) ~L

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  6. This is what Inkheart's about? If I would have known I would have read it by now. Any book with a library or just mention of books is a book for me. Haha! Hope I didn't confuse you there (;

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    1. Adriana- Inkheart is all about books, libraries and stories coming to life.:) I hope you get to read it and that you enjoy it. ~L

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  7. Oh yes, I read this book. I especially loved reading about Mo and how he fixed the books. It was a very interesting read and I liked the world building. Great Pick!

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    1. Heidi- I loved reading about Mo fixing books, too. It sounds like such a beautiful trade. I agree, the world building was super! ~L

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  8. ooh i loved inkheart! Even liked the movie version, even if it was completely off track.


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    1. Nutshell- Glad to hear that you loved Inkheart. How interesting that the movie version is completely off track. It sounds like it is still good. :) ~L

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  9. Inkheart was such a fun read. You've made me want to read it again!

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    1. Lee- Glad you enjoyed Inkheart. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. :) ~L

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  10. I haven't read Inkheart in a while (I was probably actually 8 ;) ), but your review helped me remember! I saw the beginning of the movie (it was probably close to the middle/end). I had to leave our daycare/after-school program when they met the author ...??? (who was that old guy?). I got Inkspell from our library.

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    1. Erik- Inkheart is a lot for an 8 year old to tackle, but you are such a reader. I am glad that the review helped you to remember the book. Too bad you didn't get to finish the movie. How amazing that the author came to visit the after school program! WOW! ~L

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    2. Erik- I meant to say that you are such a "fabulous" reader. You are reading all the time! :) ~L

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  11. I loved this book...and the movie!

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    1. Patty- Yeah! I need to watch the movie soon. :) ~L

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  12. I would have loved to read this when I was a kid. I devoured any reading material I could get my hands on. Even now, if there's nothing to read in the bathroom, I've resorted to reading the shampoo bottles.

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    1. Angela- I bet you would have loved Inkheart when you were growing up. I had to laugh about the shampoo bottles because I do the same thing! ~L

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  13. Cute story. I like the names of people in this book.

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    1. Donna- Inkeart does have some fabulous names in it! :) ~L

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  14. Ah, Inkheart sounds amazing! Love your review :) Thank you so much for sharing about this book. <3 It sounds very fun and interesting :D Love the cover too ;p
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

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    1. Carina- So happy that you enjoyed the review. I love the cover too- so much to look at! :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting. ~L

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  15. I love this book! I started the series as a child and finished them when I was younger. I basically just love the fact that it is so much about books and reading as well as adding a brilliant fantasy world to the mix as well. The characters were wonderful too! I hope you continue the series :)

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    1. Olivia- Savannah, I am so glad to hear you loved this series. I have only read the first one but was just thinking I needed to go back and read the rest of them. Thanks for commenting on this and pushing me in the right direction. :)

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