Saturday, November 04, 2006

Book Review: The Book of Story Beginnings


The Book of Story Beginnings

by Kristin Kladstrup

The year is 1914, and a boy named Oscar living in rural Iowa finds a book called "The Book of Story Beginnings." The book is blank, except for one story beginning written by someone a long time ago, and Oscar writes the beginnings of three stories in it. Then he disappears, and his family never hears from him again.

Almost a hundred years later, Oscar's great-niece, Lucy Martin, moves into the house in Iowa with her family. Lucy finds the Book of Story Beginnings, and after reading Oscar's story beginnings, she writes one of her own. That's when the trouble starts. Lucy's father turns into a bird and flies away, and just at that moment, Oscar reappears. Oscar tells her his story, a story that was set into motion by what he wrote in the Book. Then he and Lucy set out to find and rescue her father and set things right.

The Book of Story Beginnings is a fun book for anyone who loves books or writing. Like Inkheart and Inkspell, it delves into questions of self-determination and whether characters have lives independent of their creators, although it's lighter than that series. Lucy and Oscar embark on a marvelous adventure that weaves together elements from all three of Oscar's story beginnings, as well as Lucy's. In the process, the two children discover that while the author may set the story in motion, it's up to the characters to finish it. They find that, in the end, we're all responsible for our own happy endings, and that some endings are really beginnings.

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10 comments:

Michele said...

Ooh this sounds interesting - even though I didn't enjoy Inkspell that much ! I wonder if it's out here yet ?

Is the date of the setting relevant ? (I mean, that 1914 was the start of the First World War ?)

Sheila said...

I liked Inkspell myself, but other than the questions about characters and their creator, this book is not really very much like Inkspell. I don't remember any references to World War I; it wasn't important to the story.

Michele said...

Oh right - just a coincidence of setting/timing then... I'd still be interested to read it though.

Anonymous said...

I LOVED it, and michele, Inkspell was the SEQUEL to Inkheart, and both of them were very good. anyway, I Loved The Book Of Story Beginnings! it is a great book for kids and teenagers!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I LOVED The Book Of Story Beginnings! it was SO good. oh and michele, Ikspell was a Great book!

Anonymous said...

wow i think i am going to the book store after reading that short cap of the book i think the book sounds marvlis

Anonymous said...

If you didn't read Inkheart first then Inkspell probably wasn't very good to you. I am going to have to get "The Book of Story Beginnings", it sounds very good to me!

Anonymous said...

This book was great hope other people will enjoy it as much as i did!!!!

Anonymous said...

i loved this book and people should check it out!!!!

Anonymous said...

i am 12 years old and i just finished reading this book. i loved it!! fantasy is very interesting...