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By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Lengthy but rich fantasy great for book-loving tweens.

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age 8+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 2+

Slow but…

Super slow, couldn’t even finish it .I would not recommend but I know lots of people love it.
age 10+

Boring, unappealing characters and very slow

Glad this was a donated book that I bought from a charity shop as I would have been annoyed that I wasted my money if I had paid full price from a shop. The characters, I couldn't care less about and the whole story, its subject and pace is just boring. I am reading it to my 10 yr old at bedtime and just cannot be bothered I find it so dull. Can't wait until we finish it. I did also purchase the nxt book 'Inkspell' at the same time but will tell my daughter to read it on her own given I cannnot bear the thought of more mths of boredom at bedtime

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (66 ):

As with Cornelia Funke's previous book, The Thief Lord, some kids will be put off by the leisurely pace of INKHEART, while others will be enthralled by the unusual story. But despite the slow pacing and repetition, this is a rousing adventure. Meggie is a stalwart heroine, and the villains are truly creepy and brutal (perhaps too much so for some children). Each chapter begins with a quote from another children's book, both foreshadowing the chapter and giving pleasure to bibliophiles. The whole thing is a paean to books, authors, reading, and especially reading aloud.

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