Cornelia Funke is an award-winning children's author. Her books have been translated from German into 35 different languages, and include Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath, The Thief Lord, Dragonrider and the Reckless series. A film adaptation of The Thief Lord came out in 2006 and the Hollywood production of Inkheart was released in 2008. Cornelia lives in Malibu, California. Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist. In his career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth, and more mainstream American action films, such as Blade II, Hellboy and Pacific Rim. His 2017 film The Shape of Water won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2018. Del Toro also received an Academy Award for Best Director, as well as the Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, and Directors Guild of America.
A work of consummate love and passion, one that needs to be revered for its unmistakable brilliance ... This novelisation not only lives up to impossibly high expectations but incredibly adds to the darkest of magical fairytales * Starburst * Charged with the monumental task of adapting an intricate film to the page, del Toro and Funke have avoided merely describing the film and instead have elegantly recrafted the narrative ... Dark and mesmerising * Kirkus Reviews, starred review * Funke maintains the tale's dark beauty, filling it with imaginative details, complex characters, love and history, as well as humanity's evils ... This book will creep into the minds and hearts of readers and linger there * Booklist * If this is magic realism, it is also the work of a real magician ... What makes it art, is that it balances its own magical thinking with the knowledge that not everyone lives happily ever after * New York Times, Critic's Pick * To hail Pan's Labyrinth for its visionary ravishments is hardly to do it justice. You leave del Toro's one-of-a-kind film feeling you've never seen the world before, not like this, not with such aching beauty and terror * Rolling Stone *