Category Archives: Inkheart

April 24, 2013

Inkheart Readalikes

Posted by at 1:04 am in Inkheart, Reads | Permalink

Inkheart_130Inkheart Readalikes

You know when you find an amazing book, and you never want it to end? How do you find another book to read after that? Our answer: Readalikes to the rescue! We hope our Readalikes will rescue you from the what-to-read-next question, and help you find lots of new amazing books.

Today’s Readalikes are for the Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke. These books follow Meggie on an amazing adventure as she discovers that her father has the ability to bring story characters (good and evil) into our world just by reading them out loud!

Continue reading

February 23, 2010

Trivia Tuesday: Inkworld

Posted by at 11:53 am in Inkheart, Trivia | Permalink

Inkheart_130 While lurking on the Message Boards, I found this trivia quiz written by inkgirl2. Test your knowledge with this quiz.

ok, this is a little test to see how well u know the inkseries…..

INKHEART

  1. What was Darius’s profession b4 he was captured by Capricorn?
  2. What flavor did Meggie say she will never be able 2 eat again after meeting Basta?
  3. What color was the cats pelt that meggie fed in chapter 30 talkitive pippo?
  4. What is the name of the very last chapter in Inkheart? (without looking to find out)

INKSPELL

  1. What are some common things that Dustfinger swears by in Inkspell?
  2. Folks say in the Inkworld that the Black Prince is so skillful with his knives that he can do what?
  3. Who reads the Inkspell audiobook?
  4. When is the only time you can hear Reasa’s voice?

INKDEATH

  1. What is the gender of Meggie’s sibling?
  2. What r the names of Orpheus’s 2 glass men?
  3. How many chapters r there in Inkdeath?
  4. Name the character from the following clues….
  • pockmarked face
  • mask-maker
  • strolling player…
January 16, 2010

New Fantasy Series from Cornelia Funke!

Posted by at 10:11 am in Inkheart, Reads | Permalink

Inkheart_130 Inkheart fans, rejoice! Cornelia Funke will be publishing a new fantasy series inspired by Grimm’s fairy tales! The first book, Reckless will be released on September 14, 2010.

I have to confess that I knew about Reckless a while ago because I met Cornelia in June 2008 and asked her what she was working on after Inkdeath. She was super-nice and told me about her next two books. You can’t see me in the video, but it really was me sitting across from her asking her questions. Seriously. I still get goosebumps thinking about it!

But now the official word is out, and Cornelia posted a message about the new book on the Cornelia Funke Fans Web site. She describes what Reckless will be about, and how excited she is about it. “I’m so much looking forward to this,” she says.

I think I speak for many many readers when I say, “MEEE TOOOOO!!!!!”

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

January 23, 2009

Inkheart on the Big Screen

Inkheart_poster_130Imagine if you had the power to make treasure fall from the sky, characters come out of books, and winged monkeys fly through the halls. What would you do? You would probably get grounded for the flying monkeys, but the other stuff sounds pretty cool, right?

These amazing things actually take place in the movie Inkheart. It is based on the first book in the best-selling Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke and published by Scholastic Inc. The movie stars Brendan Fraser as Mo. Mo has the gift of bringing fictional characters into real life just by reading books aloud. But is it really a gift or is it a really big problem?

Recently, I had the great opportunity to hang out with the author, the actors, and the director to talk about the movie at the beautiful Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica, California. They were all thrilled that the film is coming out on January 23, and were eager to talk about it. They also shared with me some funny moments that happened on the set.

Sn_ts_012309_fixed

Whenever Paul Bettany’s character, Dustfinger, appears in the movie, his ferret is always with him, perched on his shoulder. All the actors described the ferret as either wild or smelly. Bettany said a docile male ferret was used in one of the scenes in which they just wanted the ferret to sit on his shoulder. They also had a female “stunt” ferret for the action scenes.

“If they want the ferret to run up my leg, they put this little bit of food on my ear,” Bettany said. When the female ferret would run up his leg to go for the food, it wouldn’t know when to stop.” Then they’d pull it away and they’d put the male ferret on,” he added. Bettany said he was terrified of the crazy female ferret because it would nibble on his ear with its “sharp, pointy teeth.”

Continue reading

January 20, 2009

Snapshots from the Inkheart Movie

Posted by at 5:47 pm in Book to Big Screen, Inkheart | Permalink

Inkheart_poster_130You know that forthcoming Inkheart movie? The one we’ve been talking about pretty much nonstop on The Splot for, oh, I don’t know, forever? Well, not to gloat or anything . . . but I’ve seen the movie, and you haven’t! >:-)

How do I know? Because it’s not coming out until this Friday (January 23rd). But don’t worry — that just means you have time to read the book if you haven’t already, or to re-read it in case you’ve forgotten the details of Mo and Meggie’s journey.

I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say that the movie sticks pretty close to the spirit of the book. As always, action from the original story is condensed or cut altogether, but the overall plot is intact.

Also, Eliza Bennett, who plays Meggie, does a really good job — not like some other kid actors who are totally stiff or, even worse, just too over the top. The rest of the main characters are also well-cast, in my opinion: Brendan Fraser plays Mo, and Cornelia Funke actually wrote the book with him in mind for the character! Paul Bettany plays Dustfinger, and he’s perfect as the slippery fire-eater. Helen Mirren plays Elinor, and when I first heard that, I was not very happy because I think of Helen Mirren as a strong, bold woman and that’s not the way I see Eleanor — but Helen Mirren affects a slight revision of Elinor’s demeanor that works perfectly with her own screen presence and somehow also fits right in with my initial impression of the Elinor in the book. No wonder she’s an Oscar winner!

Most importantly to me, the same way that Inkheart the book doesn’t feel like a children’s tale so much as a finely-drawn fantasy novel, the film also doesn’t feel like simply a children’s movie so much as a full-on adventure film.

Are you excited yet? While you wait for the movie to hit theaters, immerse yourself in the Inkheart world online at www.scholastic.com/inkheart. Take a personality quiz to see which character you’re most like, listen to an audio reading of the first chapter of the book, see Cornelia Funke’s photo slideshow of her writing room, and more! It’s almost like being magically read into the story.

— Karen, STACKS Staffer

Movie poster courtesy of New Line Cinema.
January 9, 2009

Inkheart Movie Clips!

Inkheart_poster_130Hey, Cornelia Funke fans — how much do you love us?

A few months ago, we brought you the first look at the official poster for the Inkheart movie (in theaters January 23). Then we gave you an interview with Brendan Fraser, who plays Mo in the film. And earlier this week, we posted the music video, showcasing the vocal skills of Eliza Bennett, who plays Meggie.

Well, now we’ve got another treat for you: an exclusive sneak peek at the movie itself! Check out this Inkheart video clip, which you won’t see anywhere else on the web until tomorrow. At this rate, we might as well change Ink Splot 26 to be called Inkheart 26!

Enjoy!

— Karen, STACKS Staffer
Movie poster and clips courtesy of New Line Cinema

January 7, 2009

Meggie’s Declaration

Posted by at 12:34 pm in Book to Big Screen, Inkheart, Music | Permalink

Inkheart_poster_130Inkheart Movie Song

I suppose if you can read stuff out of books, it should be no surprise that you can sing well, too. So when I heard the star of the Inkheart movie sing a tune from the soundtrack, I wasn’t exactly shocked.

Sixteen-year-old Eliza Bennett, who plays Meggie, belts out “My Declaration,” which is basically her character’s anthem about growing up, being fearless, and kicking a little Capricorn butt. And she’s got a fantastic voice — though we’ve heard nothing about plans to go into the music biz.

Check out the video right now.

The song was written by Tom Baxter and found by the movie’s music supervisor, Sara Lord — who had no trouble convincing film’s director, Iain Softley, that the tune would fit with movie’s themes. (It so totally does.)

Oh yeah, and the best part? The video is filled with clips from the upcoming movie (in theaters January 23), including lots with Meggie and Farid. And Farid is WAY hotter than I pictured while reading the book. Totally crush-worthy. Though if you’ve read all three Ink-trilogy books by Cornelia Funke, then you know that at the end of the series . . . oh, never mind. I don’t want to spoil it!

— Jessica, Scholastic Staffer

Video and poster courtesty of New Line Cinema
January 2, 2009

Book Review: Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke

Posted by at 6:47 am in Inkheart, Reads | Permalink

Inkdeath_130
When you finish reading a book, you put it down and think that the journey of the story the author has created has come to an end. But what if you had the power to make every word that you read come to life right before your very eyes? This idea comes to fruition in a series by an amazing and imaginative writer Cornelia Funke. It begins with Inkheart and continues in Inkspell. Inkdeath is the final book in the series, and it brings the journey to an electrifying end.

In Inkdeath, Fenoglio's words take control of Mo and he becomes the Bluejay. The Bluejay makes Mo feel like he is invincible and it blinds him from seeing the danger that lies ahead with the Adderhead. Resa is beginning to feel like she is losing Mo to a bunch of words. Can she stop it before it is too late? Meggie is growing as a person and is learning that life is only going to get harder the longer that she, Resa, and Mo stay in the Inkworld. Meggie reads Orpheus into the Inkworld to bring back Dustfinger, but Orpheus has his own plans for the Inkworld, including making Farid work as his servant 24/7, reading treasure unicorns for the Milksop to hunt, and reading blue fairies into the Inkworld and making it his own. Each day, the Adderhead grows weaker and more pain comes into his body, making his heartbeat slower and slower, nearly leading to his death. Soon, the white women will come for him and for the rest of soldiers that the "fearless Bluejay" kills.

Even though Capricorn dies in Inkheart, that doesn't mean that Mortola doesn't want revenge on Mo and his daughter, Meggie. The Black Prince once again comes to rescue the day, and before you know it the Black Prince's life might also be gone. He could die protecting the ones that he has he loved and taken care of for so long. With Dustfinger gone, Roxanne is losing herself, and now most of all she needs to be able to stay strong! Elinor is getting awfully tired of just waiting for Mo, Resa, and Meggie, so she persuades Darius to read her and him into the Inkworld to seek out Mo, his wife, and his daughter. But what Elinor doesn't know is that the wonderful Inkworld that she has heard and read about that has stolen her family away isn't exactly the peaceful world it might seem. It is getting more and more dangerous for everyone to stay inside a book. Can Meggie, Mo, and Resa handle a bundle of danger, or will it be too much and will the adventure of this story stop without a happy ending?

I was breathless after I finished Inkdeath. The way that all three books in the series are written, you are able to have such a clear vision of what's happening in each chapter. Cornelia Funke immerses the reader into each book by her descriptive and intriguing language, taking you to places and times and characters that you never could have thought existed. Inkdeath leaves the reader thinking about what a fantastic series they have been able to read. I completely recommend this wonderful series for kids everywhere to read!

— Samantha Group, Scholastic News Kid Reporter

For more book reviews from Scholastic News Kid Reporters, visit Ready, Set, Read!

November 5, 2008

Cornelia Funke Inkdeath

Posted by at 6:33 am in Authors, Inkheart, Reads | Permalink

One of the great things about working for a children’s book publisher is that you can get advance copies of books coming out way before they are published. So last spring when I just couldn’t wait another day to read Inkdeath, I made a few requests and managed to get the bound manuscript. I had to beg and grovel a little bit, but it was so worth it!

Then I found out that I would be interviewing Cornelia and I was really glad I read the book because I was able to ask her all my burning questions!

Check out this video of Cornelia reading from Inkdeath.

Click here to watch my full interview with Cornelia.

— Sonja, Scholastic Staffer

October 16, 2008

A Visit From Cornelia Funke, Part 2

Posted by at 7:30 am in Authors, Inkheart, Reads | Permalink

Funke_cunningham_2If you read yesterday’s entry, then you know that last week Scholastic staffers and select librarians, booksellers, and members of the press were lucky enough to meet best-selling author Cornelia Funke in person — first through a talk with her editor, Barry Cunningham, and then at a party to celebrate the release of Inkdeath, the final book in the Ink-trilogy.

Well, the talk was so jam-packed with juicy info, I had to break up my report into two blog entries! So far, you’ve learned about Cornelia’s childhood in Germany. Now for the rest of her life:

Continue reading