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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
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Jan 27, 08

bookshelves: booksfornephewsandnieces
Recommended for: book lovers, fantasy fans
Read in January, 2008

An employee at an indie bookstore in Durango recommended that I read this when I bought the Golden Compass and the rest of the His Dark Materials trilogy, saying that it's a fantasy book all about books and people who love them and have magical powers when they read them. Yeah! I absolutely loved Inkheart, from the lovely characters and villians sprung out of books, to all of the book references within the text ("pretend you're one of the Lost Boys" when trying to sleep kind of stuff), to the quoted passages that preceed each chapter to indicate the plot direction from Where the Wild Things Are to Farenheit 451, to ruminations on books such as "books have to be heavy because the whole world's inside them."

I knew I was in for a good time when she opened the entire book with this classic poem from Shel Silverstein:

If you are a dreamer, come in
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar
A Hope-er, a Pray-er, a Magic Bean buyer
If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin
Come in!
Come in!
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