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Falling into the Funke-lite category of fantasy (more Dragonriderthan Inkheart), young listeners, especially girls, will be eager to find adventure with the irrepressible heroine of this sprightly adventure. Igraine longs to leave boring life at Pimpernel Castle and be a famous knight-unheard of, of course, for a girl. But when the magic of her sorcerer parents goes awry and they turn themselves into pigs at the very moment that nefarious necromancers gather to attack, Igraine is called to undertake a courageous and crucial quest. British actress Elbrick makes 12-year-old Igraine's frustration and exasperation palpable without sounding overwrought. And by giving the protagonist a youthful, yet confident and strong, vocal delivery, she helps listeners truly believe in Funke's characterization of Igraine. Additional solid portrayals-a sorrowful knight with an Americanized accent, a mostly friendly giant and singing books of magic, go far to create a lighthearted and colorful setting. Ages 8-up. Simultaneous release with the Scholastic/Chicken House hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 10). (Sept.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Gr 3-5 -Young fans of knights and magic will rejoice in Cornelia Funke's tale (Chicken House, 2007) of adventure, bravery, and chivalry. Igraine was born into a family of magicians but has no desire to learn magic. She dreams of becoming a famous knight to liven up her boring castle life. For her twelfth birthday, she unexpectedly gets her wish when her family's castle is attacked by their greedy neighbor who is trying to steal her family's singing magic books. Since her parents have accidentally turned themselves into pigs, it's up to Igraine and her novice magician brother to save the castle. Xanthe Elbrick's smooth narration adds plenty of flavor to this fanciful tale. Her British accent heightens the medieval charm and her unique voices for the many characters are engaging and amusing.-Karen T. Bilton, Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Rocky Hill, NJCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Posted April 26, 2012
THIS BOOK IS TOTALLY I EVEN BOUGHT IT IN REAL LIFE AND JUSTON MY NOOK I LOVE THIS BOOK AND YOU SHOULD READ IT TO I TOTALLY RECOMENED IT YOU GO BUY IT RIGHT NOW LIKE NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted January 28, 2012
I think that this book is a very easy read. It's also extremely funny. I'm not sure how many times i've read it but I love it!!!!!!!!!!
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I love this book im addicted to it lol . She is so amazing and dhe wants to be like her grandfather and i think that she will be like him. I havent got far but sofar so good Lol :) ;)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted January 15, 2013
Oh my gosh I love it!! For me it comes in a close second place next to the Inkheart Trilogy, which are my favorite books!!!! I think there should be a seuqel! (I bet I spelled that wrong but oh well!)
Btw- If you didnt know the Inkheart Trilogy is also by Cornelia Funke, oh yeah The Thief Lord is pretty epic too!
Posted January 14, 2013
Posted January 7, 2013
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Can you picture growing up wanting to be a knight? Well, Igraine can. That's all she has ever wanted to be. A knight.
There is a slight problem with this. Igraine is a girl, and girls can't be knights. That's a known fact. Igraine doesn't listen to people when they tell her this. She is an amazingly strong character who likes `non-girly' things. This is of course uncommon during the story's setting. Igraine's family also has a secret. They're magical. Her whole family is. Another problem is Igraine is horrible at magic, unlike her brother Albert who is amazing at anything magical. Her parents are, too; it is their specialty. They have magic singing books, they play with it; Igraine on the other hand has no interest in playing with magic. All she wants to do is have a sword fight with someone!
Everyone thinks Igraine looks funny in her chain mail and noisy armor, plus, not only are girl knights unheard of, so are knights in general. Igraine's life takes place in what is known as The Tower. No danger has come to The Tower in well, forever, or at least recent memory! Why would someone want to become a knight when they can play with magic?! Igraine fights this exact question throughout Igraine the Brave and along with fighting this question, she figures out who she truly is.
With the help of a Sorrowful Knight, a battle to fight for The Tower, and the fact that her parents don't stay human throughout the book, Igraine takes the reader on a really fun adventure.
Posted December 8, 2012
Posted July 15, 2012
I loved this book! The characters (the good ones) are very lovable and almost all of them--even the bad ones---are hilarious. It is a very charming story with some unexpected twists and a surprising ending. It is much more lighthearted than Inkheart and is absolutely nothing like the Thief Lord. It has a more similar mood and setting to Dragon Rider. Definitely recommended for all ages of book lovers, but specifically younger readers who will be more drawn by the fairytale, knights and princesses atmosphere of the book. Whether you are a seasoned Cornelia Funke fan or not, I highly recommend Igraine the Brave
Posted July 1, 2012