PUBLISHER: Scholastic Inc.
DATE PUBLISHED: 23rd September 2003
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.
The concept of this book is stunning… who wouldn’t want some of their favourite protagonists brought to life from the page? This book explores the idea of a family that can literally bring the story to life when they read aloud. As a reader I loved a book where the protagonists loved reading as much as me.
Meggie and Mo are father and daughter and one day a villain Mo accidentally read out of a book comes back to haunt them. Adventure ensues. The characters were unique and detailed and felt like individuals with their own motivations as they worked towards their goals, interweaving their stories with others. The action really picked up towards the end of the book which left me ready to devour book two in this series.
The concept of a whole new book to develop this story around was intriguing and had me not only interested in the book I was reading, but the “Inkheart” book within the novel too. I would love to have Cornelia Funke bring that world to paper, it sounds like an amazing fantasy book. A story within a story for lovers of books and reading.
Keep Calm and Read On,