Book Review – Bring Characters to Life

The adventure of a 12-year-old girl born with the special ability to read out loud and make novel characters come to life


Kathy Chan

Title: Inkheart (Original name in German: Tintenherz)
Author: Cornelia Funke
Series: Inkheart Trilogy
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 534

 

 

Have you ever imagined that novel characters would ever come to life? Mortimer Folchart (also known as Mo or Silvertongue) could bring them to our world.

It all started when Mo read aloud the book Inkheart to his wife Teresa Folchart. The characters Capricorn, Basta and Dustfinger then came to life, but Teresa went to the ink world.

Capricorn, the story’s antagonist, was very cruel. He was emotionless. In his eyes, there was only power.

Basta, one of Capricorn’s followers, was very loyal to Capricorn. He always carried a knife with him but was indeed very superstitious.

Dustfinger, also came from the book Inkheart, was nothing more than a fire-eater. Unlike Capricorn and Basta, Dustfinger was eager to go back. Nine years later Meggie Folchart, who was the daughter of Mortimer Folchart, was already 12 years old. She didn’t know about all these things until she met a stranger outside their yard. The stranger was nobody but Dustfinger. Dustfinger, however, betrayed Meggie and Mo by telling Capricorn about their trials. He did this because Capricorn wanted Mo to read the monster, the Shadow out, and promised Dustfinger that if he brought Mo to him, he would help him go back to the story.

Capricorn wanted the Shadow so badly that he tried to have someone with this special ability to read it out. He found another reader, Darius and made him do so. So Darius read out Flatnose, Cockerell and many of Capricorn’s other men, but poor Darius suffered from the stuttering problem and that the characters he read out usually had some deforms.

Capricorn wanted the Shadow so badly that he tried to have someone with this special ability to read it out. He found another reader, Darius and made him do so. So Darius read out Flatnose, Cockerell and many of Capricorn’s other men, but poor Darius suffered from the stuttering problem and that the characters he read out usually had some deforms.

Luckily, Dustifinger rescued Mo and Meggie afterwards by stealing Basta’s keys and knife. But for some reason, Meggie was caught again. This time, she was caught together with Inkheart’s author Fenoglio.

How would the story end? Would the Shadow really come out and kill people? Would Meggie be able to rescue her whole family? Would Dustfinger be able to go back to the story? What would happen to Capricorn and Basta? Find that out yourselves!

This book is a very exciting and interesting story. All the parts of the story are linked with one another tightly. Once you have picked it up, you could hardly let go of it. It has won a lot of praises.

Besides, it has high educational value. It teaches us the importance of reading. In the story, the main characters Mo and Meggie loved reading and they gained a lot of knowledge from books. Also, books comforted them when they were in difficulties. Furthermore, the book itself contains many great quotes from other books. Those quotes are rich in educational value too.

This book is highly recommended, I myself also encourage you to read it.

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