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Le Prince des voleurs

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  49,646 ratings  ·  2,645 reviews
Dans le dédale des canaux et des ruelles glacées de Venise, deux orphelins cherchent un abri. Ils sont recueillis par des gamins des rues qui se cachent dans un cinéma abandonné. La petite bande survit grâce aux larcins de leur chef, le fascinant Scipio, appelé le Prince des voleurs. Tout se passerait bien si un détective n'était à leurs trousses, et si le Prince ne les av...more
Paperback, 462 pages
Published April 9th 2003 by Hachette Jeunesse (first published 2000)
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I hate hate hate it when a book introduces magic 3/4ths of the way through! I like fantasy, thats not the problem. But the ordinary people are supposed to discover the magic at the beginning of the book. You know, the children run through a mysterious old house in the country, hide in a wardrobe, and bam! they're in Narnia. Perfect. Don't try and tell me a realistic story and then suddenly change/solve everything with magic that the characters just accept and move on. I was adoring...more
Book of the Year Awards... Really? Is it unsympathetic of me to think that this book is... childish? How reductive should authors of children's lit be?

I've been working with a young student this summer, and The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke, is a big favorite on the sixth grade circuit. This particular boy had chosen it for summer reading, and so I picked up a copy for myself.


Billed as a "fantastical journey" through "the magical underworld of Venice, Italy", The Thief Lord follows a pair of...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
Sep 25, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Venice lovers
It's a great fantasy: Let's run away to Venice, and hide out in an old movie theater. We can dye our hair blonde, so no one will ever find us!
In a way, this is a European version of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, with siblings running away to a place stuffed with antiquities, and getting mixed up in an art mystery. I guess Victor the detective must have the Mrs. Frankweiler role.
I didn't expect the touch of fantasy at the end. I'd love to read a sequel to find out what ha...more

I've read more books than I remember. From the classy literature books (the classics) to the crummy excuses of children's novels thrown into the public libraries to con young readers into believing that they possess quality my reading has been deep and varied. Yet there are some novels I read as a child that impacted me enough to cause me to read them over again. The Thief Lord is one of those books.

What is The Thief Lord? It is a fantasy tale and an adventure story combined and set in modern Ve...more
Kwesi 章英狮
This book did not work well to me, Cornelia Funke gave me another headache after reading her Inkheart series which I thought will be one of my favorites since the movie was great. I did like the movie very much and I dug a hole 6 feet under for the whole series not be seen by my eyes again. Well, I think I broke one of the important rules of reading and watching book-tie-in stuff. I did watch the movie before the book so that made things worst but I was hoping not.

The last time I remember readin...more
Sandee (The Whimsical Reader)
Dec 28, 2011 Sandee (The Whimsical Reader) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who are child-at-heart
Recommended to Sandee (The Whimsical Reader) by: jzhunagev
Shelves: kids-book
Venice would be one of the places I'd visit before I die.
The story of The Thief Lord weaved wonderfully with the gorgeous city of Venice.
If this story had been in a different location it might not have been as appealing.
I love it when a book takes me to places I have never been before.
I rarely travel so that factor is very important to me.
This book did just that.
It took me straight to Venice.
Not only did it take me to Venice, I felt like I was right in the midst of the story.
Like I was one of th...more
Orang dewasa tidak ingat lagi, bagaimana rasanya,
menjadi anak-anak.
Walaupun mereka mengaku begitu.
Mereka tidak tahu lagi. Percayalah padaku.
Mereka sudah lupa semuanya.
Betapa dunia dahulu berkesan lebih besar bagi mereka.
Betapa repotnya memanjat ke atas kursi.
Bagaimana rasanya kalau harus selalu menengadah?
Mereka tidak tahu lagi.
Kau pun akan melupakannya.
Kadang-kadang orang dewasa bercerita, betapa indahnya
ketika mereka masih anak-anak.
Mereka bahkan bermimpi menjadi anak-anak lagi.
Tetapi apa
I kept fluctuating between 3 and four stars. Ultimately I'd probably opt for 3 and 1/2, but since that's not an option, I'll go with four because I think it's more of a personal taste thing over the quality of the book.

I'm a huge fan of "Inkheart" so had high hopes for this novel. I quickly realized the two have very different styles, and rightfully so, as this book is (at least I assume) geared for a younger audience.

The cast of characters is delightful, each with their own stories and personal...more
I read The Thief Lord two years back when I was in Venice for skiing holiday. The book is excellent, and combined with the right surroundings I was smitten.

Venice in the winter is misty and dreamy, and when we walked around the city, I could almost see the Thief Lord running around with his friends, cunningly planning their theft, getting more and more mixed up in the plots of grown-ups around them. Funke's storytelling is wonderful, her characters believable, and, for a children's book, The Th...more
Taylor Natkin
The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke, is a fantasy novel about a two orphaned kids. After being told Prosper, a boy around twelve years of age, and his younger brother, Bo, were going to be separated through adoption, they run away to Venice, Italy. Nearing winter, Prosper believed he would have to turn themselves in to save his little brother, who was ill. Luckily, the boys were saved by a young girl, with the nickname Hornet. She brought them to her hideout, which held two more boys. Their leade...more
I was told to start with this book, but began with Inkheart instead. Inkheart is entirely of a different variety, totally magical, but this one is destined to be the classic. Set in the streets of Venice, this book has it all: Italian culture, street savvy kids, the Robin Hood-like notion of stealing from the rich to give to the poor, all the while echoing a sort of Les Miserables-like Griviche type thing.
Everybody loves a gang of orphans! These orphans live in a run down movie theater and rule...more
Clarissa Amabel
What a wonderful story!

My favorite character, aside from the kids, is Venice herself. Cornelia Funke has weaved her story so brilliantly in a gorgeous setting, describing the city as if it had its own personality. I think the story wouldn't be as awesome if it were set somewhere else. The mystery that is Venice, the beauty that is Venice... it took my breath away more than once. I also adore the simple illustrations that began each chapter, allowing us a glimpse of the wonderful world these kids...more
Alicia Nabors
I loved this book a lot. I was disapointed when I finished the book. I wanted to know what happened to "The Thief Lord".
After he went on the mmarry-go-round, I alwways wonder what could have happened to him. I love Bo and Prop. They are intresting characters. The love between them is very strong. Barbarossa is one of my least favorite character, besides Esther. He didn't learn anything when he turned into a shrink. This was my first book from this auther. I think I'll read more of her books. I l...more
I am not sure why I picked this up to reread. I have a sneaking suspicion that the first time I read this I was sick and unable to concentrate and I skipped to the ending without reading the last quarter or so of the book. No wonder that when I thought about the story I thought it had an unsatisfying ending, too magical, I thought. Well, I was wrong. This is a well told adventure that takes place in Venice about a gang of street kids. Actually they are a pretty harmless lot and and they rely on...more
Another excellent book by Funke. I enjoy her style of writing and interesting likable characters. Above average YA.
Nov 21, 2012 Tyler rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves imagination and excitement.
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T Wattles
Jan 16, 2008 T Wattles rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy mysteries
The Thief lord by Cornelia Funke was a pretty good book. This book tells a story of two young boys(Bo and Prosper) who run away and decide to hide from there care givers with a group of misfit runaways in an abandon theatre. In the under belly of Venice, Italy. They get into some sticky situations and have to steal to get money and survive. Including having a wealthy client send the gang on a very special mission. There are many characters include Prosper, Bo, Hornet and the Thief Lord himself...more
When I read the translations of Cornelia Funke's books (so the Inkworld books and this...) I feel like there's something missing. It might have got lost in translation or it might not have been there in the first place, but whichever it is, something doesn't feel quite right about this. There are some lovely descriptions and ideas in Cornelia Funke's work, it just somehow doesn't appeal to me. And I know her work is targeted at younger people, but I read plenty of YA lit and it doesn't have this...more
Overall, I really enjoyed this surprisingly quick read. The cover of the story gives the book a feel of historical fiction although it seems to be set in the present. The wonderfully detailed illustrations of the architecture of Venice at the beginning of each chapter further adds to the beauty and romance of the city. The authors vivid descriptions of the winding canals, Saint Marks Square, Doge's Palace and the Rialto Bridge leave you with the feel of the history of Venice and the children mov...more
I listened to the audio version of this. I quite enjoyed it, although it took me quite a few chapters to get into it. It turned out to be rather a different book from what I expected, but that was OK--I liked the surprises! I enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the interesting plot, and it was well-read as well.
Sierra Abrams
After their mother and father die, Prosper and Bo find themselves in the not-so-nice care of their Aunt. Prosper plans an escape and he and Bo set off to Venice, their mother’s favorite place in the whole world. Once there they find a home among a gang of thieves – or really, orphans who have a clever young master who steals fancy and expensive objects under the cover of a bird’s mask. Then these items are sold, and the children use the money to provide food and clothes for themselves. Prosper a...more
Cornelia Funke is a great story teller, no doubt. This was a very fun book, full of elements to pique one's interest. It was chosen by staff at my daugter's school as one of the "Battle of the Books" reading promotion and competition.

I just have to mention, though, that Cornelia Funke's writing doesn't quite sit right with me, though. (I felt this way about Inkheart and Inkspell as well.) Her moral framework is not...to the standards I would like. Although it may be reality that sometimes even g...more
Ages: 8 - 12
Format: CD

Cornelia Funke's "The Thief Lord" reads like a modern-day Oliver Twist story for children (with an added splash of fantasy). It centers around two young boys from Germany who are recently orphaned. They do not like the relatives they are forced to live with, so they run away to Venice, a city that provides a rich backdrop for the novel.

In Venice, the boys, Bo and Prospero, run across a gang of young orphans led by a slighter older boy known as the Thief Lord. The group com...more
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Prosper and Bo are on the run from their aunt and uncle who want to separate the brothers by having the young Bo live with them while shipping the older Prosper off to boarding school. With hopes of staying together, they flee to the magical city of Venice where they are taken in by a mysterious boy who calls himself the "Thief Lord". With the help of their Thief Lord they are able to reside in an abandoned movie theater with other young runaways - who they consider family and the dilapidated th...more
*Reviewed by Maxine*

When Prosper and Bo’s mother dies, their aunt and uncle decide to adopt Bo and send Prosper to a boarding school. Unhappy with the prospect of separating from his brother, Prosper along with Bo runs away to Venice. In Venice, they meet a group of runaways who live in an abandoned theatre and are welcomed warmly into their group. The leader of the group is the mysterious, Thief Lord who steals from rich houses to provide them with basic comforts and necessities. As Prosper and...more
Even as a middle school-er, I had always found The Thief Lord to be a magical book. Venice was the perfect setting, and it's surroundings mysterious and beautiful. Prosper and Bo were the perfect balance to each other, and each of the characters well developed and interesting.
I re-read this book to see if it was as magical as I remembered, and it was! Definitely Cornelia Funke's best book! (and her only good one, sadly. >~> Yes I have read Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath, and don't get me st...more
The Thief Lord has many dark elements: the plight of street children, the tragedy of having loveless parents, the tragedy of having no parents at all, and the dangers of living in a criminal underworld. Funke touches upon the dark histories of Scipio and Hornet, but never does more than imply. In many cases this works very well. The way that Funke hints at Hornet’s backstory through quick references, and subtle nuances in the girl’s character develops a story in the reader’s mind that is harsher...more
Jihyeon Oh
The book I’m currently reading now is ‘The Thief Lord’ by an author called ‘Cornella Funke.’ This book’s genre is fiction and takes place in the city of Venice, Italy. Prosper, one of the main characters is a boy who is twelve years old and has ran away from his aunt and uncle with his little brother, Bo since they were trying to adopt Bo and put Prosper in a boarding school. Victor, the detective who tries to find Prosper and Bo likes to boast about himself and Scipio, the thief lord, also the...more
Selamat datang di Venezia, Kota Rembulan! Di sini anda akan dibuai dengan semilir angin Venezia saat anda menyusuri kanal-kanal dengan gondola, sambil menikmati keindahan bangunan-bangunan eksotik! Namun awasi selalu dompet, kamera, dan perhiasan anda terutama bila anda berjalan melewati Lapangan Markus, jika anda tidak ingin barang-barang berharga anda berpindah tangan ke Pangeran Pencuri dan komplotannya!

Apa? Anda belum mendengar tentang Pangeran Pencuri? Dia bukan Robin Hood, tentu saja. Pang...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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