Children’s Books: Inkheart – Cornelia Funke

G1 has devoured most of Rick Riordan’s books and started re-reading them again so I thought I’d better prepare us for another series. I was at the library searching for something interesting to pique his interest when I stumbled on best-selling author Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart. I really enjoyed that series so I thought G1 might as well.

As usual, G1 was a little slow to warm to the new book. He usually prefers to stay with his old friends (books he’s read before) so getting him excited about a new story usually requires some work on my part. The good thing about introducing him to stories I’ve read before is that it is easier to lay out just enough tidbits to help him take himself the rest of the way.

If all else fails, my bottom requirement is: read until chapter 5 and if you still find it boring, you can return the book. That’s usually more than enough to get any book lover interested – unless the book is really that bad. Lucky for me, we didn’t even need to get to Chapter 5. He started reading it on the way home from school and hasn’t stopped.

What’s good about Inkheart?

With so many good books around, we’re always looking for something with a little extra value to it if we can. Inkheart has just that. Aside from being a very entertaining story that celebrates the power of books and a positive association with reading, it rates well on Commonsense media for Educational value, Positive messages, and Positive role models. It is also on the “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children” from the National Education Association and shortlisted for the 2004 “BookSense Book of the Year Children’s Literature” award. What more can you ask for?

One cruel night, Meggie’s father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART– and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever.

This is INKHEART–a timeless tale about books, about imagination, about life. Dare to read it aloud.

The Inkheart Series

Inkheart is the first book in a trilogy that is followed by Inkspell and Inkdeath. The book has also been made into a movie starring Brendan Fraser, although this was one of those instances when I found the book to be far more enjoyable.

More books from Cornelia Funke

One of the things about G1 is that if he likes a book, he will usually search for other books written by the same author. Luckily Cornelia Funke has a trove of other books to devour – two in particular worth mentioning because of their star-studded status on the New York Times Best Seller List:

That ought to distract him while we continue to wait for the last “How to Train Your Dragon” book – How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury that will finally be released in November 2015, and Rick Riordan’s Gods of Asgard that coming in October 2015.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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