Igraine the Brave. by Cornelia Funke
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Igraine the Brave. by Cornelia Funke

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  4,454 ratings  ·  480 reviews
Everyone at Castle Pimpernel is looking forward to Igraine's birthday. But when her magical present goes wrong and her parents turn themselves into pigs, it's up to Igraine to put things right - even if that means facing giants, three-headed dragons and a particularly Spiky Knight.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 2008 by Chicken House (first published 1998)
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I loved it! It was very readable (or, er, listenable), and I enjoyed the fact that the heroine was a female knight! I will definitely be reading this to my daughters when they get to be around 8 or 9. This was my first exposure to Funke, and I think I will go check out some more of her stuff now.

Addendum: To heck with 8 or 9. They are 3.5 and 4.5, and we started reading it together today. The oldest didn't want me to stop :)

Addendum 2: It was a little rough with the 3.5-year-old. I'll be honest;...more
Oct 17, 2007 Sierra rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Cornelia Funke's other books, little girls who want to be knights
I really enjoyed Cornelia Funke's other books, so I was looking forward to sitting down with this one. Unfortunately, while it's generally a fun, non-threateningly-quirky read, it's also one of Ms. Funke's weakest offerings to date. Which is not to say that young girls interested in becoming sword-wielding defenders of righteousness should not totally devour this book; they should, and they should also practice fencing and being chivalrous and generally figuring out how not to be a quiet, demure...more
The Library Lady
Anyone mourning the lack of "beautiful dark notes" obviously doesn't get what this book is--not a dark, meaningful (and perhaps even pretentious, because Funke CAN get pretentious) young adult work, but a fun, rollicking read that kids will ENJOY. And isn't that what matters in a good kids book?

Igraine is a twelve year old girl who longs to be a knight and have adventures. But her life is unexciting. Until her birthday, when her parents (magicians) are turned into pigs by accidental magic, and their castle comes under siege by Osmund the Greedy. Igraine must use her wits and chivalrous code to save her parents and the castle, with some help from friends.

We read this book as a family, and my kids (5 & 8) LOVED it. Really loved it. I don't remember the last time they got ready for be...more
A girl who aspires to be a knight must save her magician parents (who have accidentally turned into pigs) and defend her castle against an evil magician.

Appropriate for ages 9-13

This amusing adventure fantasy story is about Igraine, a 12-year-old princess who aspires to be a knight, and who lives with her magician parents in a a castle guarded by roaring stone lions and fire-breathing gargoyles. When her parents accidentally turn themselves into pigs on her birthday and an evil magician is poise...more
Cornelia Funke is an amazing author and the mastermind behind Inkheart but you would never know it from this. While I am very much in favor of her reaching out to a younger set of readers, I feel that she should give her new audience more credit for the sort of content that they want and are ready for. All of the beautiful dark notes that are interwoven in her books for older readers are gone without a trace in this tale of a spunky girl who intends to be a knight. There are a smattering of thin...more
Feb 10, 2014 babyhippoface rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 3rd-6th graders, especially fantasy fans
Shelves: kids-fiction, fantasy
Twelve-year-old Igraine’s magician parents have accidentally turned themselves into pigs and will remain powerless until they receive the hairs of a giant to create a reversing spell. Compounding the problem is Osmund the Greedy, who has come to Pimpernel Castle demanding the magical singing books that belong to Igraine’s family. Plucky Igraine, who wants to be a knight, faces danger as she rides alone to the home of a giant, befriends a Sorrowful Knight, fends off Osmund’s soldiers, and more, a...more
I'm working my way through a list of books that were suggested to counter the fainting princess narrative for girls; in other words, I'm reading some books with active heroines, looking for some to read to Rose Pink (or have her read later) that will hopefully invite her to strength and decision rather than passively waiting for someone to rescue her.

Right. So this is one of those books and I really enjoyed it. Igraine faces fear and does what's necessary to save her parents and home. At the sam...more
This was a fun book written by the same author that wrote Inkheart. It's listed for ages 9 - 12 but I think the younger kids would enjoy it too. It would make a good chapter book for parents to read to kids who are not at that reading level.

The story is about a 12-year-old girl who is the daughter of magicians but wants to grow up to be a knight. A magical mishap occurs and Igraine is put in a position where her knightly skills help save the day. Along her journey she meets a giant, a very sorro...more
I think this book is really fun and exciting. It made be in a really good mood when I was bored. Igraine the Brave is really adventurous and has really interesting characters! It also has suspense.
The story is about a girl who lives in a castle with her family. Her parents are both great magicians but unlike her brother, she is interested not being a magician, but to be a knight! Igraine is on an adventure with her new friends to save her castle and prevent Osmund the Greedy to steal her parents...more
Stephanie Jobe
When I closed the book my first thought was, “Why didn’t this book exist for me as a child?” I would have read this over and over without end. For lovers of Tamora Pierce here is a book for the younger generation. The writing is seamless and simple. Every little girl will sympathize with Igraine and every big girl too. You grin at her quirky family. I personally fell in love with the sorrowful knight. This is an adventure that scoops you up and carries away and afterwards you simply wonder, “Alr...more
Couldn't have been written better by anyone else. Absolutely love it!
This is a fun, exciting adventure story of a young girl with tremendous courage. This book combines several fantasy elements that provided a visual treat for my imagination.
Igraine is such a dynamic character - so independent, fearless and loyal and only twelve years of age. She learns well from her actions to which she acted too quickly and attempts to do all possible to save her family's long-held castle. I am eager for my 9 year old daughter to read this book!
I think that this little gem is my absolute favourite of Cornelia's books! Once again I noticed that this book received multiple reads by a child of mine. With age some of us learn to better deal with disappointment. It takes maturity to let a book come to a close and move on. I too did not want this story to end. Perhaps it is because I am hopelessly in love with the Dark Ages but this diamond caught my mind in a few sentences. I think it is a marvelous book for children and adults alike. I lov...more
Evelyn Ink
About the Book...
The Pimpernel Castle is home to a family of three magicians, a whole lot of mice, a talking cat, and one wanna-be knight: Igraine. Igraine comes from a long line of great magicians, including her exceptionally talented parents, but she doesn’t care a wit about magic, she wants to be a knight!
When a second-rate wizard who goes by the name Osmund the Greedy shows up with and his dastardly Knight, Rowan the Heartless (AKA the Iron Hedgehog), the castle is thought to be in danger....more
I have given this book and book on tape to a number of families and all of these get responses. This is funny, adventurous, sweet and really kept me reading. A young girl, whose family are all wizards, does not want to follow in their footsteps but wants to be a knight like her grandfather. Her parents turn themselves into pigs and the castle gets attacked who can save them? Grades 3-5
Another Funke book, I read it for author advisory and sped through it. In the usual fashion of juvenile literature, the characters were paper thin, the dialogue was lacking in originality, and the plot was idealistic. IGRAINE THE BRAVE is a good read for young girls, perhaps around the second grade level.
Nov 24, 2008 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Lynn
Shelves: children-s-books
I like Cornelia Funke so I thought I would try this book out. It is a very sweet story of a young girl who saves teh day. I would suggest it for all the 10 year-old girls out there, and for their parents who want to let there little girls know they can grow up to be knights too!
Igraine lebt auf einer Burg mit ihren Eltern und ihrem Bruder Albert. Eine Prinzessin ist Igraine aber nicht und eine große Zauberin wie ihr Bruder und ihre Eltern möchte sie auch nicht werden. Sie hat andere Ambitionen, es zieht sie in die Welt der Helden und Ritter, täglich übt sie sich im Schwertkampf und zu ihrem zehnten Geburtstag bekommt sie eine eigene ganz besondere Rüstung. Leider verwandeln sich just an diesem Tag ihre Eltern versehentlich in Schweine und als dann noch die Burg belager...more
Lori Cox
Ingraine is an 11-year-old girl who wants to become a famous knight. She has no interest in magic like her brother and parents do. Her parents have a magical mishap creating Igraine's birthday gift and turn themselves into pigs. The timing is unfortunate as Osmund the Greedy and his knights are coming to capture the magic singing books from Pimpernel Castle. Igraine, aided by Sisyphus, her talking cat, a Giant and a Sorrowful knight, must help defend the castle and save the books.

I liked that Ig...more
A fun, simple knights-and-magic story. Igraine was a pleasantly vibrant character. The reader of the audio (Xanthe Elbrick) was very good with all the voices.
A great book for both girls and boys.
Soon-to-be 12-year-old Igraine dreams of being a famous knight but instead she must contend with two eccentric parents who own the Singing Books of Magic and think Igraine should learn magic like her older brother. Igraine finds magic boring. In fact, she thinks her whole life is boring - despite a castle called Pimpernel with gargoyles that swallow arrows, stone lions that roar and snakes in the moat - nothing ever happens. Nothing happens until Igraine's birthday, when the Baroness of Darkrock...more
This book was okay, but it was not my favorite by Funke. Still she has a way with words that is right up there with JK Rowling.

Its the magnitude of the world that she creates and the possibilities. These are truly fairy tales re-re-written in epic fashion.

While the Sorrowful knight was a great character, he was annoying with his negative drawl and just brought me down. He was boring mostly, but he could speak well. The problem was that his speech is what bored me.

Igraine being only 12 still has...more
Elinor  Loredan
A very fun read. I appreciate that it doesn't have the extreme violence of Funke's Ink and Reckless books and doesn't take itself too seriously. I find Igraine's world more convincing and real, too. Right away I'm drawn into the story setting and feel like I know Pimpernel Castle well. I like Igraine's family, too, though the parents are a little idealistic and perfect.

There are a few parts that fall flat. For one, at the beginning Igraine is easy to follow, complaining that nothing very excitin...more
May 08, 2010 Evy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marissa
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Rebecca Douglass
The only other book by Cornelia Funke that I have read is The Thief Lord, so I really wasn't expecting such a light-hearted romp as Igraine provides. A somewhat tongue-in-cheek version of a knights-in-shining-armor tale, the book opens as Igraine is turning 12. Though her parents and brothers are magicians, all Igraine wants is to be a knight, and for something exciting to happen. By the end of the book, she certainly has gotten the second wish, and appears to be well on the way to getting the f...more
While it would be easy to call this just a fairytale, Igraine the Brave exceeds that stereotype in several impressive ways.

1. The girl is a strong character who likes the non-girly things and makes a nice contrast to the "wait in a tower for the knight in shining armor to save her" trope.

2. The typical scary things in fairytales (giants, dragons, etc) are present here--but not as scary creatures. Here the only scary characters are purely human and the evil comes from their core, the way it is in...more
Star parts: Well I could just be completely biased and say it's by Cornelia Funke so of course it's good. But no. Igraine may be a spunky little 11/12 year old, but she has faults. She does want to be a knight, but she forgets the spells she's supposed to learn and she's terrified of spiders. She's also very kind and thoughtful. In fact, considering that ALL she wants to be is a knight, she's pretty well-rounded. And she gets scared and worries about stuff. I like the fact that if anything, Igra...more
Emani Price
The book was a very good book. My favorite part about the book is that there was so much fantasy in it. One time in the book Igraine goes by herself to get the giants hairs just for her parents and she hears creepy sounds but keeps moving, now that's brave! A part that really made me think of me is when Ingraine said how she loves horses because I have one. The begining sounded like a regular fantasy book but towards the middle it was turned into a kids point of view in the magical world instead...more
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Cornelia Caroline Funke is a multiple award-winning German author of children's and YA fiction. She is best known for her Inkheart trilogy. The Inkheart books have gained a variety of attention, and critics have praised Funke as the "German J. K. Rowling". Her books are very popular in her native country, and many have now been translated into English. Her work fits mainly into the fantasy and adv...more
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