Book review

Well, as you know, I've been pretty busy lately. Too busy to do much reading, unfortunately. I've been worrying about the fact that I haven't been able to post anything, you know, literary in quite a while. Finally, I hit upon the perfect solution: get someone else to write book reviews for me. So, without further ado, let me introduce my almost-10-year-old son Joey, who just finished Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke. Joey writes:
Inkheart is a wonderful book. It has no pictures, but it is so descriptive that I could see a picture in my mind for almost all of the situations in the story. It is about a girl -- Meggie -- whose father has a mysterious power to read actual people out of stories, but when he accidentally reads an evil villain out of the book "Inkheart" it's all up to Meggie. There isn't a single person in this book that was created just to liven up the story. There isn't a single sentence in this book that is out of place, and it has a very satisfying ending. It's a great combination of fantasy, mystery, and a little bit of suspense. On a scale of 1-10 it would be a 15.


  • Hi Joey,

    I just stopped by to see what your bookwork-mom was up to, started reading and when done, thought to myself, "I'll have to read that one--sounds really good."

    ...THEN realized it was YOUR review. I'd been thinking it was bookworm's.

    So, I'm STILL gonna read that book--but now I'll look forward to talking about it with YOU when I'm done.

    --your bookworm-dad

    posted by Anonymous Anonymous on 4:44 PM  

  • Thanks, Joey! I just bought my niece the sequel to this book for her birthday. She loved Inkheart and is really into the sequel, too.

    posted by Blogger Suzanne on 5:09 PM  

  • It sounds great. Thanks, Joey!

    posted by Blogger Phantom Scribbler on 6:18 PM  

  • great review!

    posted by Blogger Stefanie on 8:08 PM  

  • Fantastic review, Joey! I bet mom and dad are proud of you! (Julie, this beats me re-posting old posts from my other blog! My kids are too old to convince to do such for me...or they would but I'd regret what secrets they revealed! lol)

    posted by Blogger Green-Eyed Lady(GEL) on 8:27 PM  

  • I am very impressed with Joey's writing skills. And I love that book too.

    posted by Anonymous Laura on 10:42 PM  

  • Joey is articulate and terrific!

    posted by Blogger Running2Ks on 11:18 PM  

  • Wow! This from a fourth grader? Impressive. And better yet, it has made me want to read the book. Thanks, Joey.

    posted by Blogger doulicia on 8:17 AM  

  • I'm sold! This book sounds amazing.

    posted by Blogger Isabella on 9:00 AM  

  • Joey, I'm going to check it out. :)

    posted by Blogger mrsd on 11:22 AM  

  • I'm impressed that he spelled everything right! I'll have to recommend this one to my 9YO; she loves books like this. (And I may have to read it myself!)

    posted by Blogger Melissa on 2:56 PM  

  • What a beautifully written review. I thoroughly enjoyed Inkheart as well, as did my 10-year-old niece. We both liked Funke's previous book, The Thief Lord, a great deal too.

    posted by Blogger Kate S. on 7:11 PM  

  • Nice job Joey! I bet your mom is very proud of how well you write.

    posted by Anonymous Ella on 11:00 PM  

  • Great job on the review, Joey!

    posted by Blogger purple_kangaroo on 5:49 PM  

  • Hey Jo-Jo!

    I just now read your review. Had no idea you'd done that. Good job. As usual. That gets you an extra piece of Salmon roe sushi next time.


    Did you know there are people who actually get paid for reading books and writing reviews for the newspapers? Nice way to earn a living. Of course, the bad part is, sometimes you have to read a book you absolutely hate, hate, hate and then write a review of it? Phew!!!!!

    What's REALLY good is that you said what the book is about. You wouldn't believe how many of those people who get paid for writing reviews forget to do that little thing. They go on and on about what they liked, what they didn't like, what they would have liked better, and why. But they say nothing about what's in the book. This can drive you bananas. But you did say it..

    Now, I hate to tell you: I probably won't read this book. Why, since I liked your review so much? Well, that's my point: You made clear what's in the book, and I think it's not my kind of book. If it were, then of course I'd read it because, for that KIND of book, it's obviously very good, as you point out. But I hardly ever have time to read all the things that
    ARE my kind of book, article, story, poem, what not. So it makes no sense to read one that is not even MY kind, right? Therefore, I'd say that you did a real service because I now know this is a a book that I don't have to feel bad about not having time to read. See what I mean?

    And not only that, but it gives a lot of people who are related to you or who are your friends a lot of pleasure to be able to say, "Hey, I know that guy who wrote that review. Isn't it good?"



    posted by Anonymous Grampa-Worm on 12:35 AM