Reviews for Inkheart : Library Edition

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2004 #3
Meggie discovers that her father, Mo, has the power to turn words on a page into living flesh, a conceit that deepens the impact of this novel in audio format. Redgrave's supple voice, as magical as Mo's, gives life to this cast of characters: Dustfinger, his voice as raspy as his stubbly chin; Flatnose, whose syllables slide out like letters through a mail slot; and Capricorn, whose very lack of emotion makes him unimaginably menacing. Set against this dark counterpoint, Meggie's voice is all too human: transiting from frantic concern for her father to flashing anger at her captors, from tender wistfulness to brash courage. At fifteen and a half hours, this recording invites listeners to sink deeply into a rich, complicated world. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Magazine Reviews

School Library Journal Reviews 2004 April
Gr 4-8-An inventive plot and memorable characters will draw listeners into Cornelia Funke's fantasy (Scholastic, 2003). Twelve-year-old Meggie and Mo, her book binder father, are fleeing their old enemy, Capricorn, when they arrive at Great Aunt Eleanor's book-lined villa in Italy. Though the three of them are brave and wily by turns, their cruelly-powerful nemesis manages to find them and their copy of the book, Inkheart. That's when Meggie learns about her father's extraordinary ability to read book characters into life, and the events that caused her mother's disappearance when Capricorn emerged from the title book. Meggie, Mo, Eleanor, and a host of friends and enemies go through plot twists that involve captures, escapes and, finally, an end to Capricorn's reign of terror. At the heart of it all, is the power of story and family love. Actress Lynn Redgrave shows her considerable powers as a narrator with well-chosen voices that fit each character and mood. Anthea Bell gets kudos for a translation from the German that is both lyrical and exciting. The sound quality and packaging are well done with information on which chapters can be found on each cassette. Inkheart is a nuanced and intriguing recording that will appeal to adults and teens as well as upper elementary and middle school students. It will be a popular choice in school libraries that serve students from grade four up, and public libraries as well.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.