Funke, C. (2007). Igraine the Brave (A. Bell, Trans). New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc. (Originally Published in 1998)
Genre: Adventure, Humor
Reading/Interest Level: Ages 9-12
Similar Titles: Harry Potter, How to Train Your Dragon, Inkheart
Plot: Igraine's 12th birthday is coming up and she really really really wants to know what her parents are making her in their magical workshop. She tries every trick she knows to try and find out. Her parents and brother are magicians along with her brother – they all are being very secretive about her present. Even her talking cat Sisyphus is unsympathetic about her need to know what she's getting. As Igraine waits until her birthday, she dreams about the adventures she wants to go on – that wish comes true sooner than she expected as her parents accidentally turn themselves into pigs and a greedy neighbor comes to lay siege on the caste. What is Igraine to do? Luckily her parents gave her a magic suit of armor for her birthday… is Igraine ready for the adventure that awaits her?
Personal Thoughts: I enjoyed reading about Igraine's adventures. Funke's storytelling skills are exceptional and the added illustrations make the story more interesting. The story shares a message about being able to do anything as long as you believe in yourself. I thought the cast of characters was perfectly charming and truly enjoyable to read about.