Category Archives: Inkheart

October 15, 2008

A Visit From Cornelia Funke, Part 1

Posted by at 10:20 am in Authors, Inkheart | Permalink

Between an exclusive first look at the official movie poster and an interview with actor Brendan Fraser, lately Ink Splot 26 has been focused on the film version of Cornelia Funke‘s Inkheart, which comes out on January 23rd. But last week marked a major milestone for the trilogy, totally unrelated to the big screen: Inkdeath, the third and final installment of the series is now in stores in the US!

To celebrate, Scholastic invited employees, librarians, booksellers, and members of the press to attend a talk with Cornelia Funke in our auditorium, followed by a launch party in our cafeteria. Of course, I was all over that! Come on, a famous author whose books I love and free food? Duh.

Cornelia’s visit was the second in a new series of talks at Scholastic called “Author, Author.” They’re billed as “intimate dialogues with great children’s authors,” and so far, they definitely have not disappointed (the first guest, a few months ago, was Walter Dean Myers).

For Cornelia’s talk, the stage was set up to look like a comfy living room — well, if your living room had a giant projection on the wall:


To ask Cornelia the questions, Scholastic paired her with Barry Cunningham, who is not just Cornelia’s editor but also the guy who first brought Cornelia’s books to the United States and Britain. That’s actually how the talk started — with Barry explaining how he first came to meet Cornelia. And believe it or not, the story involves a young reader just like you!

Barry What happened was that Barry received a letter from a bilingual girl, telling him that Cornelia’s books (only published in German at that time) were even better than Harry Potter! The girl went on to describe how amazing The Thief Lord was, and after reading the letter, Barry decided that he just had to read the book for himself. Can you believe that? If it hadn’t been for that one girl, it’s possible that The Thief Lord never would have been translated into English and that we never would have gotten to read Cornelia’s other incredible books that followed! Just goes to show you that you should always speak up about what you believe in — you never know when you might change the course of history!

But anyway, back to the talk . . . After reading The Thief Lord, Barry knew he wanted to meet Cornelia and bring her book to English-speaking kids. As Barry put it, “With Cornelia, it’s easy to see that special magic, that bond between author and audience.”

So Barry went out to Germany to meet Cornelia at her house, and they got along right away. (The first thing Cornelia said to him when she opened the door was that he looked just like Bob Hoskins, an actor she really liked. What do you think? I don’t really see the resemblance, but maybe that’s just me . . .) After that initial meeting, it was only a matter of time before the two of them became close collaborators and good friends — Barry and Cornelia, that is, not Bob Hoskins.

After Barry’s introduction, Cornelia joined him on stage — to thunderous applause from the audience, of course.


But before starting on the Q&A, Barry presented this video of Cornelia, filmed at her current home in Los Angeles:

Then, it was finally time to hear from Cornelia herself!

Barry kicked off the conversation by asking Cornelia about her childhood. According to Cornelia, she grew up in a “very small and very ugly town. I thought it was always very boring.” For this reason, she spent most of her time as a kid just counting the days until she was old enough to get out of there — that and reading. As she phrased it, “The books kept me alive.”

It was during this time of voracious reading that Cornelia discovered a lot of the books that remain favorites of hers to this day. Wanna know what they are? Just open up your copy of Inkheart! Cornelia chose quotations from these beloved stories to use at the beginning of the chapters. In the interview with Brendan Fraser, he mentioned that he loved this aspect of the book because it introduced readers to lots of new books. I wonder what he would say if he had been at the Scholastic talk, because Cornelia revealed that as she wrote the other two books in the trilogy, it became more and more difficult to find the right quotes to use — not to mention, the growing challenge for Barry as he had to get permission to use all of them! “I had no idea what kind of curse I put on myself, to have those quotes,” Cornelia admitted. “It became a grueling task . . .  I won’t do it again!”

Cornelia also let the audience in on a couple other interesting tidbits about her childhood:

  1. Cornelia was the eldest child in her family, so Barry asked if she had been a bossy older sister. Cornelia’s reply? Guilty laughter, followed by this confession: “I fear I was, yes.”
  2. It wasn’t always Cornelia’s ambition to become an author. “When I was 11, I was very determined to be an astronaut,” Cornelia revealed, “because I was raised when they landed on the moon, so I wanted to do that!” Her training? Watching lots of Star Trek!

So how did Cornelia go from space travel to writing? Check tomorrow’s Ink Splot 26 for the answer, because in my next blog entry, I’ll divulge the rest of the secrets from the talk . . .

— Karen, STACKS Staffer

September 19, 2008

Inkheart Movie Poster!

As Carly mentioned in her entry last week, the film adaptation of Cornelia Funke‘s Inkheart is set for release on January 23, 2009.

Can’t wait until then? Well, here’s a special treat to tide you over: the official movie poster!


(click on the image above for a larger view)

We got the poster directly from Warner Brothers to share with you and only you — no one else in the world gets their paws on this until tomorrow, so don’t say we never did anything for you. :-)

— Karen, STACKS Staffer

September 12, 2008

Inkheart is Al Roker’s Next Book Club Pick!

Posted by at 6:14 am in Book to Big Screen, Inkheart, Reads | Permalink

Inkheart_2Super exciting news for Cornelia Funke fans: Inkheart is the latest pick for Al Roker’s Book Club for Kids. Cornelia Funke will be going on NBC’s Today Show to talk about the book with Al and answer questions from kids!

Inkheart is the first book in Cornelia Funke’s Ink-Trilogy about a girl named Meggie who learns that her father has the ability to read characters out of books. What finally prompts him to reveal the truth? It turns out that her dad, Mo, brought an evil ruler named Capricorn out of the pages years ago and has been on the run ever since. But now the past is about to catch up with them, and . . . well, I don’t want to give everything away!

Especially because if you haven’t read the books yet, now’s the perfect time to get into them. The third and last book in the series, Inkdeath, will be in stores next month, so you can read all the books in one go (this is perfect for people like me — I’m really impatient and I hate having to wait for new books in a series).

And, the long awaited Inkheart movie is finally coming out in January. A fun fact about the movie: Cornelia Funke wrote the character of Mo with Brendan Fraser in mind, and Cornelia got to see her wish come to life — Brendan Fraser plays Mo in the movie!

With the final book, the movie, and now Al Roker’s seal of approval, it’s shaping up to be the winter of Inkheart.

— Carly H., STACKS Staffer

August 5, 2008

Inkdeath Exclusive! Sneak Peek of Chapter 1

Posted by at 10:40 am in Inkheart, Reads, Sneak Peek | Permalink

InkdeathCompleting the story set in motion in Inkheart and continued in Inkspell, the third Ink-Trilogy book titled Inkdeath reveals the fates of Meggie, Mo, Dustfinger, Farid, and all your favorite characters from the infamous book within a book.

Not that we had to tell YOU about that — from what we’ve seen on the message boards, it’s obvious that all you Funke fans have spent more than a little time imagining what lies in store after Inkspell.

And what exactly does the next book have in store? Well, I was lucky enough to read an advance copy, but I’m forbidden to say. Like voiceless Resa, my lips are sealed. Except I will say this: Inkdeath is GOOD!

Jealous? Don’t be! Here’s an exclusive look at the first chapter (PDF)! Give it a read and then tell everyone what YOU think will happen next!

— Karen, STACKS Staffer

Chapter 1 from INKDEATH by Cornelia Funke—Original text © 2007 by Dressler Verlag—English translation © 2008 by Anthea Bell—Cover, map and chapter-head illustrations © by Carol Lawson—Chapter-ending illustrations © 2007 by Cornelia Funke.  Published by Chicken House, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.  All rights reserved.

July 31, 2008

3 Questions for Meggie

Posted by at 9:34 am in Inkheart | Permalink

Here are the three questions I would ask Meggie from Cornelia Funke’s Inkworld.What would you ask her if you had the chance?

1. Meggie, now that you know you have your father’s gift, are you bummed you can’t read anything out loud without risking something strange or bad happening? (not even a letter, recipe or box of cereal!?)

2. Would you trade your reading talent . . . and opt to be a cool fire-eater like Dustfinger instead?

3. And, can you PLEASE  read me into Harry Potter?

— Jessica, Staffer