Search Results: "Cornelia Funke"


BOOK REVIEW

DRAGON RIDER by Cornelia Funke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"This solid adventure lacks the lusciousness of language and intricacy of plot that marked last year's Inkheart, but it does carry the reader along at breakneck pace, the inevitably victorious ending no less satisfying for all its predictability. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When human development threatens the remote Scottish valley where the earth's last remaining silver dragons have hidden, Firedrake, a determined young dragon, and his friend Sorrel, an irascible brownie, set out to find the Rim of Heaven, a remote Himalayan valley said to be the ancient home of the dragons. Read full book review >

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IGRAINE THE BRAVE by Cornelia Funke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Illustrated with pen-and-ink sketches of Igraine in action, plus many tiny tomes sporting stubby limbs and animated faces, this engaging read, or read-aloud, is 'joust' the ticket for all young fans of non-gender-specific knightly valor. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
The author of Princess Knight (2004) offers a longer tale along the same lines, here in its first English translation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INKDEATH by Cornelia Funke
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"While Funke's storytelling is as compelling as ever, the natural audience for this brooding saga seems, sadly, to be teens and up and not the children who so eagerly responded to Inkheart. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A monumental third installment brings the Inkheart trilogy to a grueling, blood-spattered, mortality-obsessed close. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INKHEART by Cornelia Funke
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Master translator Bell takes the German text and spins out of it vivid images and heart-stopping language that impel the reader through this adventure about narratives—a true feast for anyone who has ever been lost in a book. (Fiction. 10+)"
It is hard to avoid preciosity in books about books, but here Funke pulls off the feat with vigor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THIEF LORD by Cornelia Funke
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Although the core of this tale is heartwarming, the merry-go-round, like Ray Bradbury's carousel in Something Wicked This Way Comes, hints at darkness, leaving its riders and the novel's readers changed forever. (map, glossary, not seen) (Fiction. 10-14)"
When the orphans Prosper, 12, and Boniface, 5, run away from Hamburg to Venice to escape separation by their aunt and uncle Hartlieb, the crotchety, childless couple hires private detective Victor Getz to find Bo, the only brother they want. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INKSPELL by Cornelia Funke
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"While the permeability of the membrane between imagination and reality may form the base of the novel, Funke delivers more than enough action, romance, tragedy, villainy and emotion to keep readers turning the pages—and waiting for the sequel the cliffhanger ending promises. (Fiction. 10+)"
One year after the events of Inkheart (2003), one by one, the characters find themselves read from the real world into the Inkworld. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RECKLESS by Cornelia Funke
Kirkus Star
by Cornelia Funke, illustrated by Cornelia Funke, translated by Oliver G. Latsch
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Masterful storytelling. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
Funke deftly escorts readers on another fantasy adventure, this time to dark, enchanting Mirrorworld, a fairy-tale land inhabited by humans, faerie creatures and the Goyls, a warring stone race. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Replete with both spooks and with comically cluttered illustrations, this will win many new fans. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Intrepid veteran Hetty Hyssop, her young amanuensis Tom and their moody, slime-oozing spectral associate Hugo nearly meet a fiery doom in this smoothly translated import, the second episode of four originally published in Germany. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FEARLESS by Cornelia Funke
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 2, 2012

"Provocative, harrowing, engrossing. (map) (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
With time running out, aptly named treasure hunter Jacob Reckless returns to Mirrorworld, desperately seeking a way to prevent his own death in this riveting sequel to Reckless (2010). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PRINCESS KNIGHT by Cornelia Funke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Droll fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
After training his three sons in the manly arts of jousting, sword-fighting, and giving orders, the King decides to treat his young (motherless) daughter the same way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LILLY AND FIN by Cornelia Funke
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"An entertaining story with sly humor and an old-fashioned vibe. (Fantasy. 7-9)"
Wealthy, odious collectors of marine life pursue the last creature needed to complete their collection—a "genuine rainbow-scaled, green-skinned, fluorescent mermaid." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUFFLECLAW by Cornelia Funke
by Cornelia Funke, illustrated by Cornelia Funke, translated by Oliver Latsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A sweet, light fantasy for readers just cutting their literary teeth. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Ruffleclaw, an "earth monster," is obsessed with human things—which will cause some problems. Read full book review >