Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. Meggie has had her father to herself since her mother went away when she was young. Mo taught her to read when she was five, and the two share a mutual love of books. He can “read” characters out of books. When she was three, he read aloud from a book called Inkheart and released characters into the real world. At the same time, Meggie’s mother disappeared into the story. This “story within a story” will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters.
I wanted to like this book. I really did. But I just couldn’t. Nothing happened!
Meggie lives alone with her father, Mo. One night a mysterious man, Dust Finger, shows up to talk to her father, calling him Silver Tongue. The next morning Meggie and Mo are packing up again and going to visit an aunt. Her father has a book he’s keeping secret from her. Mo asks Eleanor (the aunt) to hide the book for him, and then he is kidnapped by Capricorn’s men. Thus ensues the “adventure” plot.
Someone was captured, someone was on the run, someone else was captured, someone escapes, someone is recaptured. I just found it dull. Maybe I just shouldn’t read middle grade books?
I enjoyed the book-loving characters of Meggie, Mo, and Eleanor, but I couldn’t get past the lack of plot. Interesting characters are not enough for me. Even the magical aspect of reading characters out of books didn’t keep my interest. It felt a lot like Off the Page with characters coming and going but not much else going on.
I almost stopped listening to this book many times, but as it fulfilled my June challenge book, I pressed on. I didn’t want to make another selection. I think I may have enjoyed an abridged version of this book. I feel so horrible saying that, but there were just too many words, too many details, and I just didn’t really care.
My Rating: 2 Stars
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