Thursday, April 11, 2013

I: Igraine the Brave

 



Igraine the Brave
Back to the kids: Igraine the Brave, by Cornelia Funke


The only other book by Cornelia Funke that I have read is The Thief Lord, so I really wasn't expecting such a light-hearted romp as Igraine provides.  A somewhat tongue-in-cheek version of a knights-in-shining-armor tale, the book opens as Igraine is turning 12.  Though her parents and brothers are magicians, all Igraine wants is to be a knight, and for something exciting to happen.  By the end of the book, she certainly has gotten the second wish, and appears to be well on the way to getting the first.

The castle is threatened by a nefarious knight, the neighbor's nephew wants to steal their magic books, and her parents render themselves unable to protect the castle through a small magical accident.  Only Igraine can save the day, with a little help from her friends, old and new.

A quick, fun read, Igraine should appeal to readers from 8 or 9 up (occasional big words might give pause, but the writing is essentially simple and the story clean and not terribly tense).  Girls will appreciate the heroine who isn't willing to let her gender dictate her choices (nor her family--everyone else may be a magician, but she is going to be a knight, thank you very much).  And before she has finished, she has proven her courage, saved the castle, and become squire to the knight who has helped her.  And her parents have been disenchanted so that all can live happily ever after.

The intricate pen-and-ink drawings that illustrate the book add a final delightful touch. 
4.5 stars.

9 comments:

  1. I suppose the old adage is implied here"Never Judge A Book By It's Cover". you were expecting a different story yet got a light hearted story.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Yes! Though this time it might have been "don't pigeonhole an author." It was the cover that made me look :)

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  2. I love books that have neat drawings-- it kick-starts the imagination. How fun!

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    1. Wish I had the talent to put them in my books! Though I'm very grateful for the skunks I do have, drawn for me by a friend!

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  3. Yay! A book about a girl knight.

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    1. And funny, too.

      When I was a kid, the closes thing to a girl who did exciting things was Nancy Drew (who really mostly was NOT as exciting as the Hardy Boys). I'm glad today's girls have more role models and don't have to pretend they are boys to fight pirates and dragons and bad guys.

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    1. Thank you! I did, and encourage others to--some very nice poetry over there!

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  5. I'll have to keep this in mind for my nearly 10 yr old who is always whining about what to read next. :)

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