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The German author Cornelia Funke was born in 1958 in Dorsten, Westphalia. As a child she dreamed of becoming an astronaut – until she discovered the military training involved so she trained to be social worker. During her time as a social worker, Cornelia discovered the kinds of stories that grasped their imaginations. These were the stories she wanted to illustrate – and ultimately to write – the kind that would appeal to bookish children as well as inspiring those children who hadn’t yet had many positive reading experiences. At the age of 35 Cornelia realised her true love of storytelling and became a full-time writer. She has since written over 40 titles ranging from picture books and short novels for young readers
Although she quickly became one of the most popular children’s authors in Germany, Cornelia Funke was hardly known in Britain or the United States – and had it not been for a keen young reader, this could still be the case. Barry Cunningham, the publisher of a small, innovative publishing house in rural England called The Chicken House, received a letter from a bilingual (English and German) young reader, who wanted to know why her favourite author wasn’t published in English. Barry set about the task of tracking down the latest title from Cornelia Funke, Herr der Diebe.
When the English translation, The Thief Lord, was published in the USA by Scholastic in 2002, it entered the New York Times bestseller list straightaway, and proceeded to climb to the number two position.
There has been enormous interest in Cornelia’s novels, with fierce bidding by film company executives for the rights. The Thief Lord movie, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Alexei Sayle, was released in Spring 2006.
Inkheart the movie is released on 12th December 2008, has a stellar cast that includes Helen Mirren as Elinor, Jim Broadbent as Fenoglio and Paul Bettany as Dustfinger.
Cornelia Funke lives in Los Angeles in the USA with her teenage daughter, Anna, and young son, Ben (Benjy). They have a crazy dog, Luna, nicknamed Loonie, and their house is crammed with books and DVDs.
December 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. In a nutshell: mesmerising tale of love and adventure set in a dark fairy tale world | Cornelia Funke has an extraordinarily fertile imagination, which is fed and inspired by the old fairy tales and in this the third episode of the Reckless series, she draws on stories from Eastern Europe in another distinctive, thrilling and complex novel. Once again, she sends her hero Jacob Reckless and his brother through the magical mirror into another world. The book opens with a bloody labour and the birth of a baby, a scene her original editors felt would upset readers, causing Funke to find a new way to publish. The scene however sets the tone for the book, which examines love, its power as much a threat to protagonists as a strength. As ever, she weaves together the different plotlines brilliantly, maintaining character development and sustaining the excitement to keep readers breathlessly turning the pages. It’s recommended that readers start with books one and two, The Petrified Flesh and Living Shadows. They will also enjoy Francesca Simon’s The Monstrous Child or Margo Lanagan’s The Brides of Rollrock Island. ~ Andrea Reece
Best-selling Cornelia Funke has an exceptional gift for creating gloriously gothic otherworlds in which the unusual and seemingly impossible can – and does- happen. Part two of the Mirrrorworld series, Living Shadows, follows The Petrified Flesh and catches up with Jacob who desperately seeks a cure to overcome the curse imposed on him by the fairies. Jacob’s cure is such a dark magic that it must be deeply hidden; the search for it takes him where no one should tread. That would be dangerous enough but, worse still, someone else is desperate for the cure too. Luckily, Fox, a shape shifting girl is willing to help in the quest. ~ Julia Eccleshare
Best-selling author Cornelia Funke, whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon, has created a wonderful imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of original and outlandish characters. Searching for his missing father, Jacob Reckless steps through the mirror into a strange, story-filled world in which danger is never very far away. When Jacob mistakenly allows his brother to follow him through the mirror he discovers the awesome powers he is working against and needs to use all his skill and cunning to save his brother from a horrible death as he is gradually turned to stone. Cornelia Funke’s original storytelling captures the hearts and minds of all young readers. ~ Julia Eccleshare
Best-selling author Cornelia Funke whose Inkheart was a world-wide phenomenon has created a wonderful new imaginary world peopled with a gigantic cast of original and outlandish characters. Searching for his missing father, Jacob Reckless steps through the mirror into a strange, story-filled world in which danger is never very far away. When Jacob mistakenly allows his brother to follow him through the mirror he discovers the awesome powers he is working against and needs to use all his skill and cunning to save his brother from a horrible death as he is gradually turned to stone. Cornelia Funke’s original storytelling captures the hearts and minds of all young readers.
Impeccably written, this is a real treasure trove of imagination, nail-biting drama and characters so cleverly drawn that you feel you know every one of them personally. Inkworld is a marvellous place of magical realism, full of adventure, passion and excitement and you’ll feel utterly compelled to read this one and its sequels Inkspell and Inkdeath. Inkheart the movie, released on 12th December 2008, stars among others Helen Mirren, Eliza Bennett and Jim Broadbent and has been made by the makers of The Lord of the Rings and The Golden Compass. Click here to see the trailer..
La maldicion mortal de un hada se aloja en el corazon de Jacob Reckless. Cuando pierde casi toda esperanza, Valiant le habla de una cura para revertir el embrujo: una ballesta magica; pero, antes, debera encontrar la mano, el corazon y la cabeza del dueno de la antigua arma.
Sir Tristan and his cat Terrible Tab have decimated the mouse population of Raven Castle. Can the last survivors defeat the ferocious feline with the help of some homemade armour and a heroic mouse knight? Part of Barrington Stoke's picture book range for all the family, with easy-read font.
Das Buch zum Kinofilm "e;Gespensterjager - Auf eisiger Spur"e; nach der Vorlage des Kinderbuch-Bestsellers von Cornelia Funke. Eine witzige und spannende Geschichte fur die ganze Familie mit 16 Seiten Filmfotos. Gespenster gibt es gar nicht - oder? Als Tom in den Keller geht, bekommt er den Schreck seines Lebens. Dort begegnet er nmlich einem giftgrnen, schleimigen Gespenst namens Hugo. Hugo ist ein MUG (ein Mittelmig Unheimliches Gespenst) und hat ein ernsthaftes Problem: Ein sehr gefhrliches Urzeitliches Eisgespenst (UEG) hat ihn aus seiner alten Villa verjagt und treibt dort sein Unwesen. Gemeinsam mit der Gespensterjgerin Hedwig Kmmelsaft versucht Tom, Hugo zu helfen.
Hugely fun space adventure from international bestseller Cornelia Funke, with full colour illustrations by award-winning Elys Dolan. Zaleb is fascinated by the solar system and when she gets her very own spaceship for her birthday, she decides to go on an adventure! She's always loved the tales about the little blue planet called Earth and the monsters that live there, so she decides to catch one to be her pet. But Izzy isn't about to be anybody's pet...! Can the two become friends? High quality cream paper and a special easy-to-read font ensure a smooth read for all.
A mad-cap, thrilling monster adventure - with extra monsters! Fun and quirky tale from Inkheart author Cornelia Funke. When Rosa comes across a real live monster in the fun fair Ghost Train, she and her friend Ivan manage to fight it off and become the monster busters! And it turns out that there are monsters everywhere they look - but not all of them need busting...High quality cream paper and a special easy-to-read font ensure a smooth read for all.
The beloved and bestselling author of Inkheart brings her signature imagination, adventure, and humor to a magical full-color chapter book for young readers! One night, Emma finds a mysterious green bottle floating in the ocean. When she pulls out the stopper, she sets a blue genie free! Most genies grant three wishes, but Karim can't grant even one anymore. A yellow genie stole his magic nose ring, leaving him small, powerless, and trapped in that bottle. Emma and her noodle-tailed dog have to help Karim get his nose ringand his magicback!
Firedrake, a brave young dragon, his loyal brownie friend Sorrel and a lonely boy called Ben embark on a magical journey to find the legendary place where silver dragons can live in peace for ever. Along the way, they discover extraordinary new friends and a courage they never knew they had. Just as well, for the greatest enemy of all is never far behind them - a heartless monster from the past who's been waiting a very long time to destroy the last dragons on earth .
V centre povestvovaniya - smelaya dvenadcatiletnyaya devochka Meggi i ee otec, iskusnyj perepletchik, kotoryj vladeet chudesnym darom ozhivlyat' literaturnyh personazhej, chitaya knigi vsluh. Tak v obydennyj mir vtorgaetsya volshebstvo. Odnako ozhivayut ne tol'ko lyubimye geroi, no i Zlo. Lyudi, odetye v chernoe, - voploshchenie ehtogo Zla, i ih glavar' po prozvishchu Kaprikorn oderzhim zhelaniem najti zavetnuyu knigu, chtoby pri pomoshchi otca Meggi osushchestvit' svoj zlodejskij planLuchshie kinoprodyusery borolis' za pravo na ehkranizaciyu CHernil'nogo serdca i kogda odnoimennyj fil'm vyshel na ehkrany, on pokoril serdca millionov zritelej. Kniga CHernil'noe serdce izdana na mnogih yazykah tirazhom bolee 5 millionov ehkzemplyarov.
Kogda-to drakony zhili povsyudu. Teper' oni skryvayutsya v ukromnyh peshcherah. Kogda-to oni byli samymi sil'nymi i gordymi sushchestvami na svete. Teper' poyavilis' te, kto sil'nee ihDrakon'i legendy rasskazyvayut o Podole Neba - tajnom ubezhishche sredi samyh vysokih gor na zemle I Lung, molodoj i sil'nyj drakon, otpravlyaetsya na ego poiski. Trudnaya zadacha, dazhe dlya drakona. K schast'yu, s Lungom poletit drug - devochka-kobol'd po imeni Sernosherstka. A eshche odin drug prisoedinitsya k nim v puti, nesmotrya na vse neudovol'stvie Sernosherstki, kotoraya nedolyublivaet lyudej, dazhe malen'kih
From the internationally bestselling author of the Inkheart series. When a tiny silver dragon is chased out of Patrick's storybook by an equally tiny knight, all sorts of mayhem breaks loose! Soon moonshine magic has shrunk Patrick too, and he is forced to hole up inside his toy castle as the knight attacks the 'fire worm'. Can Patrick defeat the knight and make it to morning? High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.
A delightful story from a top author. With treasure trails, dune pigs and the occasional visiting mermaid, there's never a dull moment in Sandy Cove, as a gang of children find out when they visit the holiday village one hot summer! High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.
Dzhekob Besshabashnyj eshche shest' let nazad nashel put' skvoz' zerkalo v mir, gde vse chudesa, o kotoryh on chital v skazkah, byli real'nost'yu. Odnazhdy vsled za nim v Zazerkal'e pronik ego mladshij brat - i edva ne stal zhertvoj koldovstva. Dzhekobu udalos' spasti brata, no v skorom vremeni emu predstoit rasplatit'sya za ehto sobstvennoj zhizn'yu. Zaklyatie Temnoj Fei s kazhdym dnem priblizhaet ego poslednij chas. Hotya v mire po tu storonu zerkala sushchestvuet nemalo takih chudodejstvennyh sredstv kak istochnik vechnoj yunosti ili molodil'nye yabloki, ni odno iz nih emu ne pomoglo. I kogda nadezhda pochti pokinula Dzhekoba, emu stalo izvestno o magicheskom arbalete, sposobnom odnim vystrelom ubit' celuyu armiyu - ili iscelit' odnogo cheloveka. Komu kak ne Dzhekobu Besshabanomu, luchshemu ohotniku za sokrovishchami, pod silu najti i ozhivit' davno zabytuyu legendu No ne on odin razyskivaet arbalet, i namereniya u ego konkurentov otnyud' ne dobrye. Stavka v ehtoj gonke slishkom vysoka.
Dzhon Besshabashnyj bessledno ischez, ostaviv synovej, Dzhekoba i Uilla, gadat', chto s nim proizoshlo. Tol'ko god spustya Dzhekob nashel klyuch k ehtoj tajne: zapisku, vlozhennuyu v odnu iz otcovskih knig. Zerkalo otkroetsya lish' tomu, kto sebya ne vidit - govorilos' tam. Razgadav ehtu zagadku, Dzhekob nashel dorogu v mir, gde zhivet volshebstvo. Net takoj skazki, dobroj ili strashnoj, kotoraya po tu storonu zerkala ne imela by voploshcheniya. EHtot mir Dzhekob polyubil kuda bol'she rodnogo. On sdelalsya tam ohotnikom za volshebnymi sokrovishchami, styazhal slavu i perezhil nemalo udivitel'nogo. No odnazhdy vsled za nim skvoz' zerkalo shagnul ego mladshij brat Uill, ne podozrevavshij ob opasnostyah, kotorye sulit volshebstvo. I teper' on den' za dnem prevrashchaetsya v kamen' - ne tol'ko telom, no i dushoj. Govoryat, sposobov izbavit'sya ot zaklyatiya Temnoj Fei, porazivshego ego, ne sushchestvuet, no Dzhekob gotov na vse, chtoby spasti brata
Bestsellerautorin Cornelia Funke erzahlt eine spannende, originelle Abenteuergeschichte um drei liebenswerte, pfiffige kleine Kobolde, die vom Winter uberrascht werden. Fur die drei kleinen Kobolde Neunauge, Feuerkopf und Siebenpunkt kommt der Winter fruher als erwartet. Wo sollen sie jetzt ihre geliebten Ravioli, Apfel und Kekse herkriegen? Es bleibt ihnen keine Wahl: Um nicht zu verhungern, mussen sie sich in allerlei Abenteuer sturzen. Als sie sich dann noch mit dem "e;weien Kobold"e; anlegen, wird die Lage richtig brenzlig ...Die von Cornelia Funke gemalten Bilder wurden liebevoll nachkoloriert.Kein Keks fur Kobolde wurde als 26-teilige Animationsserie fur das Fernsehen verfilmt und wird unter dem gleichnamigen Titel ausgestrahlt.
CHernil'naya krov' - vtoraya chast' trilogii znamenitoj nemeckoj pisatel'nicy Kornelii Funke. Vse poklonniki ee tvorchestva s udovol'stviem prochtut prodolzhenie detektivnoj istorii geroev CHernil'nogo serdca, stavshego sobytiem ne tol'ko v istorii zhanra fehntezi, no i voobshche v knizhnom mire. Vo vtoroj chasti rasskazyvaetsya o priklyucheniyah geroev, popavshih v CHernil'nyj mir - mir iz bumagi i tipografskoj kraski. Sazheruk vozvrashchaetsya domoj. Farid i Meggi sleduyut za nim, a vskore tuda otpravlyayutsya i roditeli Meggi. V ehtom mire, sochinennom Fenolio, gde zhivut fei i rusalki, tak legko pogibnut' po proizvolu zlogo pravitelya. Geroev zhdut nelegkie ispytaniya, no oni dostojno vstrechayut ih, obnaruzhivaya v sebe kachestva, o kotoryh i ne podozrevali.
Fun supernatural tale. Matt is returning home from the cinema when a yellow-eyed monster bites his hand and his whole world - and body - changes. Helped by his best friend Lisa and teacher Mrs Ruskin, they have just two days to find a cure before the curse takes hold forever! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+