We have a big announcement from Cornelia and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro: the novelization of Pan’s Labyrinth that they’ve collaborated on, will be published in the US and UK on July 2nd, 2019! Cornelia worked with del Toro on The Labyrinth of the Faun for several years, exchanging drafts and notes. Alongside the novelization of his story, Cornelia also wrote nearly a dozen short stories, offshoots of the original tale often about characters on the periphery, which expand upon motifs from the original.
DW Akademie recently published this in-depth piece that takes a look at the creation of Inkheart. Did you know?…after Inkheart was published, Cornelia Funke quickly followed it with Inkspell and Inkdeath, each coming out just two years later!
Find out more about Inkheart, and the story behind the story, here.
We took The Wild Chicks out of doors this week in a spurt of beautiful California autumn. Just imagine all the mischief Charlie and the gang could get into here...these girls would probably spend hours exploring the canyons, finding desert wildlife, and climbing lots of trees!
If you've read the Reckless series, then you're familiar with one of the MirrorWorld's unique peoples: men made of stone known as the Goyl. But do you know what these different stones mean? Check out some of the meanings of some of the different stones found in this world, and behind the mirror:
Did you know that an estimated 100 million birds die each year from plastic detritus (great word, bad stuff)? There are so many things small and large that we can do to help the environment, from reducing our use of disposable plastics, to supporting clean water initiatives and better environmental infrastructure.
It's hard to believe that it's been over a year since we were travelling up and down the West Coast reading THE BOOK NO ONE EVER READ. Cornelia loved introducing Morry to kids (and readers of all ages!) from Los Angeles, to San Francisco, to Portland.
In San Francisco, Cornelia read to a rapt multi-lingual audience on a toadstool at Charlie's Corner. In Manhattan Beach, we sat on the library floor with a bunch of youngsters, and Cornelia drew book animals like the ones peppering the pages!
What's your favorite children's story?
It's no secret that Cornelia's favorite book is T.H. White's The Once and Future King. It's a classic adventure saga not-unlike some of the popular fantasy we see today (looking at you, Game of Thrones)—set in Arthurian times,
Did you know Cornelia's books are read across the world, in over 40 languages? She keeps copies of all her favorite covers. Here are just a few!
from the desk of Cornelia Funke: I love to write fantasy, so why did I ever write girls’ books (which I never read when I was young)? Because one day my editor said: “Cornelia, would you write a book without dragons or fairies for a change?” …
Would you live in a tiny house like Cornelia’s? We sure would! New Frontiers, the designer-builders of C's tiny house, are even working with the city of Nashville, TN on developing a tiny house community there!