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"Do you sometimes wish you were grown-up?" Venice. Autumn. Rich Aunt Esther wants only angelic orphan Boniface 5, not serious Prospero 12. She hires PI Victor Getz. Thief Lord Scipo brings loot, clothes, to runaways in abandoned theatre Stella. Hornet adds brothers to gang with tall Mosca and scrawny Riccio. But Scipio hides a secret. And old Conte from a cursed isle wants"Do you sometimes wish you were grown-up?" Venice. Autumn. Rich Aunt Esther wants only angelic orphan Boniface 5, not serious Prospero 12. She hires PI Victor Getz. Thief Lord Scipo brings loot, clothes, to runaways in abandoned theatre Stella. Hornet adds brothers to gang with tall Mosca and scrawny Riccio. But Scipio hides a secret. And old Conte from a cursed isle wants a wooden wing, from grown orphan photographer Ida Spaveno, for his magic merry-go-round that changes ages. Interior illustrations by author....

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Number of Pages : 350 Pages
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The Thief Lord Reviews

  • Connor
    2019-03-06 20:40

    My Video Review:https://youtu.be/7ftK1cYyTwo

  • Jonathan Terrington
    2019-03-15 16:40

    I've read more books than I remember. From the classy literature books (the classics) to the crummy excuses of children's novels thrown into the public libraries to con young readers into believing that they possess quality my reading has been deep and varied. Yet there are some novels I read as a child that impacted me enough to cause me to read them over again. The Thief Lord is one of those books.What is The Thief Lord? It is a fantasy tale and an adventure story combined and set in modern Venice. The story follows two brothers who have run away to Venice and end up in the company of a group of juvenile thieves living in an abandoned cinema. At least they appear to be thieves to begin with. As one reads on one realises that perhaps these thieves are not quite the rogues they would have you believe. Which all leads into the job they are asked to do with their leader, the masked Thief Lord, at their head. They are asked to recover a magical artefact for a particular rich individual with no proper knowledge of what this artefact could do. The assignment and the squabbles within the group, added to the hidden secret of the Thief Lord lead to a fascinating conclusion.This book, as I reflect, is essentially about the idea of empowerment as linked to age. The children within this book feel entrapped by the very fact that they are minors within society. In order to gain power the two brothers run away and the group of thieves hide out in the abandoned cinema away from the confines of the law. Hence the book proposes that children are far more capable than society seems to realise and that at times laws designed to protect appear to entangle.This is one of those children's novels I would recommend for future generations as a fun and interesting fairytale type of novel. Would I go back and re-read it? Probably not at this stage as I would not want to ruin the childhood magic of this novel.

  • Tamlynn
    2019-02-17 16:24

    SPOILER ALERTI hate hate hate it when a book introduces magic 3/4ths of the way through! I like fantasy, thats not the problem. But the ordinary people are supposed to discover the magic at the beginning of the book. You know, the children run through a mysterious old house in the country, hide in a wardrobe, and bam! they're in Narnia. Perfect. Don't try and tell me a realistic story and then suddenly change/solve everything with magic that the characters just accept and move on. I was adoring this book until that point.

  • ✨jamieson ✨
    2019-03-10 17:28

    THIS IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVOURITE BOOKS!I love the characters, the world, the story. Scipio was like one of my first book crushes lmao. Seriously, this book is so exciting and fun and has such a great cast of characters who all have such genuine, important friendships and it's magical and beautiful could not recommend it highly enough. It's like Six of Crows except they live in a movie theatre and they are all like 12KINDA wanna reread it again now its just the BEST

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-03-19 15:15

    Herr der Diebe = The Thief Lord, Cornelia FunkeThe Thief Lord is a children's novel written by Cornelia Funke. It was published in Germany in 2000 and translated into English by Oliver Latsch in 2002 for The Chicken House, a division of Scholastic publishing company. It was also adapted into a film in 2006.The Thief Lord follows the story of brothers, Prosper and Boniface (Bo), who run away to Venice, Italy. They are taken in by a group of street children who live in an abandoned movie theater - the Stella, and are led by a proud orphan named Scipio. He appears to steal valuables and the orphan group sells them to a sly shopkeeper, Ernesto Barbarossa. A customer of Barbarossa, calling himself the Conte, asks the "Thief Lord" to steal a wooden lion's wing for him. The runaway boys' aunt and uncle figure out where they are and set a detective, Victor Getz, on their trail. Victor recognizes the boys on the street and manages to initiate a conversation with innocent little Bo. Bo accidentally lets slip that he lives in an old movie theater. When the rest of the children see Victor, they cause a distraction and run away, taking his wallet with them. In his search for the theater, Victor visits the home of Dottor Massimo, the owner of the Stella, where he sees Scipio, who is actually the son of the rich Dottore. ...عنوانها: ارباب دزدها؛ شاه دزد؛ نویسنده: کورنلیا فونکه؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هجدهم ماه سپتامبر سال 2011 میلادیعنوان: شاه دزد؛ نویسنده: کورنلیا فونکه؛ مترجم: مهرداد مهدویان؛ تهران، افق، 1383، در 467 ص؛ مصور؛ چاپ دوم 1385؛ چاپ سوم 1387؛ شابک: 9789643691455؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آلمانی - قرن 21 معنوان: ارباب دزدها؛ نویسنده: کورنلیا فونکه؛ مترجم: داوود لطف الله؛ تهران، پیدایش، 1388، در دو جلد؛ شابک جلد 1: 9789643497026؛ شابک جلد 2: 9789643497033؛دو برادر چهارده و هشت ساله‌ ی آلمانی، پدر و مادرشان‌ را از دست‌ داده‌ اند. آن‌ها از دست‌ خاله‌ و شوهر خاله‌ ی خود که‌ میخواهند دو برادر را از هم‌ جدا كنند، به‌ شهر «ونيز» ايتاليا میگریزند. بستگان‌ آن‌ها کارآگاهی را مأمور میکنند تا بچه‌ ها را پیدا كند. اما پسرها عضو باندی شده‌ اند که‌ دزدی کار اصلی آن‌هاست‌... و یک پایان استثنایی در انتظار آنها ... ا. شربیانی

  • Allison
    2019-03-20 17:19

    Set in contemporary Venice (around the time of both answering machines and cell phones), this is not exactly what I expected, which was a historical fantasy with lighthearted, adventurous thieving in it. What I got was a more realistic tale of runaways and orphans trying to make it in a contemporary city. Still, bonus points for Venice!There was a little bit of thieving, but it was more desperate, the group of kids scraping by while living in an abandoned movie theater. It was sad, but heartwarming as well because of the friendships that they found. It honestly took me a while to warm up to it, until the second half when the focus shifted away from their sparse lives and into more of an adventure - what I'd been expecting in the first place.There's a little bit of magic to it towards the end, enough to shake things up. There's payback that doesn't end up being malicious, and wishes coming true that end up not being quite what was hoped for. That made a bittersweet ending for some of the characters, and an arguably happy one for others, whether they deserved it or not. I like how it wasn't all black and white.One drawback for me is that it was told in a very juvenile tone - it's definitely for middle grade readers. That, and some of the word choices in the translation didn't fit and were distracting (for example, "darn it" was used a lot). I'd probably give it 2 stars, given how much I don't usually enjoy contemporary, realistic stories. But it was good for its target age group, and I probably would have loved it when I was younger, so I'm bumping it up a star.

  • Jackie
    2019-03-19 17:27

    It's a great fantasy: Let's run away to Venice, and hide out in an old movie theater. We can dye our hair blonde, so no one will ever find us! In a way, this is a European version of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, with siblings running away to a place stuffed with antiquities, and getting mixed up in an art mystery. I guess Victor the detective must have the Mrs. Frankweiler role.I didn't expect the touch of fantasy at the end. I'd love to read a sequel to find out what happened to the Thief Lord.

  • Peter
    2019-03-07 14:35

    Book of the Year Awards... Really? Is it unsympathetic of me to think that this book is... childish? How reductive should authors of children's lit be?I've been working with a young student this summer, and The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke, is a big favorite on the sixth grade circuit. This particular boy had chosen it for summer reading, and so I picked up a copy for myself.Enh.Billed as a "fantastical journey" through "the magical underworld of Venice, Italy", The Thief Lord follows a pair of orphaned boys on the run from their condescending aunt. They survive with the help of a small gang of children run by one boy, Scipio, who takes on the titular moniker. Trouble comes their way, though, as the boys' aunt hires a detective to track them down and as the gang discovers a secret that their leader has been hiding.Ok: Venice, gangs of child thieves, possessive relatives on the prowl... Prime fixin's for a romantic vision; sounds like the makings of a Dickensian tale. But as the story reveals itself--strict, impatient fathers; detectives with fake moustaches; grumpy shopkeepers--the more cliche and the less compelling it becomes.The Thief Lord doesn't run too deep. It's a fun tale that takes the reader through modern day Venice, and it seems to begin and end there: a fun tale. Well, a fun tale for kids. Everyone acts like children in this novel. Even the grumpy grown-ups. Especially the grumpy grown-ups.Even as a cultural piece (Venice!), the novel falls short. Aside from a few choice phrases in Italian, Funke doesn't take advantage of the opportunity to educate her readers (young and old) the way she could. The novel bounces from piazza to ponte, but everything--settings, characters, etc..--feels vague and undefined.Do I recommend this? Not really.Would I teach this? Nope.Lasting impression: The world of The Thief Lord didn't glow with it's own hidden knowledge the way Pullman or Rowling's worlds do. Characters move impulsively. "Brilliant" ideas don't seem so brilliant. Plot twists rely too much on coincidence and contrivances. Enh.

  • Kwesi 章英狮
    2019-03-19 18:16

    This book did not work well to me, Cornelia Funke gave me another headache after reading her Inkheart series which I thought will be one of my favorites since the movie was great. I did like the movie very much and I dug a hole 6 feet under for the whole series not be seen by my eyes again. Well, I think I broke one of the important rules of reading and watching book-tie-in stuff. I did watch the movie before the book so that made things worst but I was hoping not.The last time I remember reading Cornelia Funke was when my mom go shopping in the nearby mall for 4 hours and I wait like a lap dog. Seriously, I'm very disappointed to Funke but I'm not yet done with her and I might try her other YA or children's books which will be nice raw (by reading reviews out of control).When Prosper and Bo escaped from their cruel rich aunt they met this group of kids who helped and cared by the Thief Lord, which fed them and act like a grown man. Well, he was hoping to be a grown man unfortunately something horrible scene happened in the end. They met Barbarossa, the antique dealer, and they are asked to met with the Conte who only wish is to find a missing piece of one of his antique toys (quite big for a toy though) and so on.Talking about the characters which one of them have their own different personalities and very interesting that Funke made 6 characters very well and very hard to familiarize each in the beginning of the story. Prosper and Bo, orphaned and living with their cruel aunt, and they escaped and found home in an old theater. Musca, the black boy who have love to water. Hornet, the reader and the only female in the band. She's quite a mother. Riccio, sometimes called the weasle because of his, eeew, his ugly teeth! Lastly, Scipio, the Thief Lord and the one who acts as an adult in the pack (Alpha Dog). If I have the chance to become one of them, I might chose Prosper. He is a nice brother, caring but to possessive but I think he only protect his brother from their cruel relatives and of course safety. But I think my hopes will die along because they already made a movie! I did expect a lot to this book since most of my friends really liked this book and the Inkheart series which I should not done before I started reading this book. This story is very unique, quite magical although there are not much of magical stuff inside and no popular book characters appeared. At least Cornelia Funke emphasize the city of Venice, how ancient, dark and historical the place is.So far this is my 3rd book about Venice and I want more, hoping to go there soon, later in life. Jeez, don't think that I have to be 60 before I start traveling outside Philippines. The dark and childish aroma of this book is very fascinating for a young child, but not for me. Although I read a lot of children's books, this one is different, this one is more on adventure and deception. Kind of. I recommend this book to those who love to read children's books and child at heart. Don't forget, this book was one of Cornelia Funke's best book and guys you have to read this. But until now, I'm still been sued by many conspiracy behind this book. This is not as good as any book I read but not bad enough to be like and enjoyed in a series of minutes. Enjoy reading and see you to Venice in no time!The cast of the movie and Cornelia Funke. I don't have any idea where they took this photo but I can still remember the pigeon that mentioned in the story. The one that flew up high.Review posted on Old-Fashioned Reader.Rating: The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke, 3 SweetsChallenges:Book #203 for 2011Book #119 for Off the Shelf!

  • Sandra [the fucking book fairy]
    2019-03-07 19:25

    Venice would be one of the places I'd visit before I die.The story of The Thief Lord weaved wonderfully with the gorgeous city of Venice.If this story had been in a different location it might not have been as appealing.I love it when a book takes me to places I have never been before.I rarely travel so that factor is very important to me.This book did just that.It took me straight to Venice.Not only did it take me to Venice, I felt like I was right in the midst of the story.Like I was one of the kids who lived in the old cinema.The story began with the Hartliebs seeking Victor Getz's services in locating Prosper and Bo, the sons of Mrs. Harlieb's deceased sister.Prosper and Bo ran away because their aunt wanted to adopt Bo but not Prosper.Prosper not wanting to leave his brother with their aunt decided to run away with Bo to Venice which was a city their mother loved dearly.While in Venice, the brothers met Hornet who took sanctuary in an abandoned movie theater along with other children who were either orphans or abandoned.The kids from the theater were cared for and helped by the Thief Lord.He steals from the rich people of Venice and gives it to them so they would have food to eat.The plot thickens when the Thief Lord was asked to find a missing piece from an antique collection.It was a very interesting read for me.I got my copy as a gift for Christmas.(Thanks jzhunagev! :D)I didn’t know what to expect when I opened this book.I thought it was something like Harry Potter but it wasn’t.I have read another book of Cornelia Funke which was Inkheart.I liked Inkheart so I was expecting to like The Thief Lord too.So I was not at all that surprised when I found myself liking this book.It was not really that original for me because I watched Neverland (a TV movie) which was somehow similar to this.Neverland was like a different version of Peter Pan.Peter there was an orphan who grew up with a bunch other kids who were care for by a thief.Things got messed up when they got a hold of a magic ball which turned out to be a portal to Neverland.And in this case they were looking for a broken wooden wing for the merry-go-around.They were different but the same at the same time.The characters for me were very distinct from each other.Each of them had their own distinguishing characteristic.Prosper would have to be my favorite character.I could relate to his character because I have younger siblings too that I need to protect.I also liked the detective Victor.At first I thought he was an evil man but turns out he was the opposite of that.I liked his two pet tortoises.It was a really cute touch.I liked the setting, the characters but I had a bit of a problem with the magical stuff that happens near the end of the book.Why did she have to put it near the end of the book?Why now?Why not earlier?It was a good twist but then again, it doesn’t jive with the rest of the book.It was like a different puzzle piece that was forced to fit the puzzle that was missing a piece.Anyways, I thought this book was still good.The setting and the characters made this book a success.This book was not bad but then again its not one of my favorites.I still prefer Inkheart over this one.I did enjoy it.This is the first book I’ve read about Venice and it didn’t disappoint me.I look forward to reading more of Cornelia Funke's work in the future.

  • Ginger
    2019-03-03 19:40

    This was a cute read. Kind of a mix between Peter Pan/Robin Hood/Oliver Twist. I thought the magical aspect would run heavier in the story than it did. I enjoyed running around on the streets of Venice with these kids, seeing it through their eyes.

  • Deborah O'Carroll
    2019-03-05 19:28

    Peter Pan meets Six of Crows (a younger version) meets The Boxcar Children in modern-day Venice with a slight twist of fantasy near the end, in this gripping adventure tale of two brothers and their unexpected friends... especially a mysterious boy named Scipio. I adored how Prosper looked after Bo--it made me happy. (Also, pet tortoises! Poor Victor. XD)Solid 4 stars throughout, might have made it to 5 stars if it had ended how I wanted... As it is, it's being kept from a disappointed-2-stars currently by remembering that I liked it most of the time and by pretending there's a missing chapter afterward. :P(In which... [alternate ending of my own imagination... don't read]: (view spoiler)[Scipio tracks down the merry-go-round and fixes it just long enough to turn his proper age again. Victor keeps the shop and marries Ida and they adopt all five kids (since Mosca and Riccio in this make-believe-missing-chapter also change their minds and come back to the others). Scipio in his proper young age is happy and confident and takes over the detective business like a non-thief version of his theatrical Thief Lord self. And they all live happily ever after. (hide spoiler)] That's what happens in the chapter that doesn't exist, after the end, which I maintain should/could happen. *coughcough* ...It all COULD still happen! I insist. Ahem. *folds arms stubbornly*)Basically other than a couple discontentments about the ending ((view spoiler)[specifically, Scipio being semi-grown-up... that's the main one... and wanting Ida and Victor to officially be a thing since they're perfect, and wanting the whole group to still be together (hide spoiler)]), it was a great read. I just... am evidently enormously picky about my endings. >.> *cough* Obviously a flaw of mine... Somewhat disappointed, but I can pretend a missing chapter continuing the ending, so. XD

  • Jenniferxoxo
    2019-02-25 19:41

    Absolute 5 Sterne! Eine unglaublich schöne Geschichte, mit viel Emotionen Witz und voll mit Liebe. Ich habe es als Hörbuch gehört es wurde so schön erzählt und die Musik zwischen den Kapiteln hat das ganze noch wirklicher erscheinen lassen. :) auf Cornelia Funke ist einfach immer Verlass!

  • Ann
    2019-03-18 17:24

    I kept fluctuating between 3 and four stars. Ultimately I'd probably opt for 3 and 1/2, but since that's not an option, I'll go with four because I think it's more of a personal taste thing over the quality of the book.I'm a huge fan of "Inkheart" so had high hopes for this novel. I quickly realized the two have very different styles, and rightfully so, as this book is (at least I assume) geared for a younger audience.The cast of characters is delightful, each with their own stories and personalities, and you can't help but hoping the "good guys" win. The plot was interesting, but I did feel that there were two stories/plots going on, and that the first half of the book wasn't quite the same as the second half.Also, I'm not entirely sure what I think of the ending, the "messages" etc. Nothing bad, just I'm not sure what I think of it. I finished the book and still had questions as to the why, and what would happen - but, perhaps that was Funke's intent, that she didn't want everything neatly wrapped up. (again, back to the personal taste thing)I did enjoy the book, and was curious to learn how it would end. It wasn't predictable on certain plots, so kept me guessing.I also enjoyed the style of writing, the settings were vivid and it was fun to read a book set by the canals and winged lions of Venice.***Decided to go ahead and give this a try. So far it's a very different style from Inkheart, but I'm intrigued.:)

  • demetriaa h.
    2019-03-20 18:14

    This book is so good, what a wonderful mix of reality and fantasy! I enjoyed it a lot, even though adventure is not my favourite genre. My favourite character is Scipio, let's applaud him for how much he has changed :)

  • Gabrielle
    2019-02-19 16:16

    still such a brilliant book reading as an adult.I love the imagination and beauty of this bookAH SO GOOD.I hope Cornelia continues writing beautiful stories like this.

  • Clarissa Amabel
    2019-03-09 14:27

    What a wonderful story!My favorite character, aside from the kids, is Venice herself. Cornelia Funke has weaved her story so brilliantly in a gorgeous setting, describing the city as if it had its own personality. I think the story wouldn't be as awesome if it were set somewhere else. The mystery that is Venice, the beauty that is Venice... it took my breath away more than once. I also adore the simple illustrations that began each chapter, allowing us a glimpse of the wonderful world these kids live in.Ah, the kids. My favorite out of the children has to be Prosper. I imagine him to be this sort-of emo kid who doesn't talk much but has very sharp wits and cares for his brother with his life. Um, maybe the emo part is not very cool, but I love him anyway. And what kind of name is Prosper? It sounds just splendid on your lips, doesn't it? I bet my Chinese grandparents would love that name.The story itself is spellbinding, for me. I love to imagine how it would be, living in an abandoned movie theater with a bunch of friends. I imagined it a bit like August Rush and his hideout. Cornelia Funke has also created some action scenes that made my heart rush and my eyes read several lines at once, just because I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.Truly, though, the gold nugget lies with the story's characters. Victor the detective with his kindness and two pet tortoises, Ida the quirky bachelorette, and of course the Thief Lord himself, Scipio. Beautiful characters, with fun personalities.The only problem that I sort of have with the book is the near ending, where the plot twist happens. The fantasy part was a bit out of tune with the rest of the book. I also didn't really like how Barbarossa got whatever he wanted--I'm a bit old fashioned, I think villains should be punished :pBut that said, the book managed to keep me up until 5.30 in the morning, and hopefully I'll dream of Venice tonight. How I long to run my fingers across the stone walls that hold so many stories! How I long to gaze at the proud winged lions that keep the city safe! How... strange that I am writing like this.

  • e.c.h.a
    2019-03-14 16:23

    Orang dewasa tidak ingat lagi, bagaimana rasanya,menjadi anak-anak.Walaupun mereka mengaku begitu.Mereka tidak tahu lagi. Percayalah padaku.Mereka sudah lupa semuanya.Betapa dunia dahulu berkesan lebih besar bagi mereka.Betapa repotnya memanjat ke atas kursi.Bagaimana rasanya kalau harus selalu menengadah?Lupa.Mereka tidak tahu lagi.Kau pun akan melupakannya.Kadang-kadang orang dewasa bercerita, betapa indahnyaketika mereka masih anak-anak.Mereka bahkan bermimpi menjadi anak-anak lagi.Tetapi apa yang mereka mimpikan ketika masih anak-anak?Tahukan kau?Aku rasa, mereka bermimpi ingin cepat-cepat dewasa.Kata-kata ini mengawali kisah yang terjalin di buku ini. Kisah tentang kakak beradik yatim piatu Prosper & Bo, yang meninggalkan rumah Bibinya menuju kota rembulan, Venezia. Kota yang selalu mereka ingin datangi dan mimpikan hanya dengan mendengar cerita ttg Venezia dari sang Ibunda.Kehidupan Prosper & Bo berubah saat di Venezia mereka bertemu dengan Riccio, Mosca & Tawon serta Scipio yang selalu menyebut dirinya Pangeran Pencuri. Yang menghidupkan ke 4 temannya dari hasil mencuri.Pertualangan semakin seru saat Bibi Esther, Ibu Angkat Prosper & Bo menyewa seorang detektif handal, Victor Getz. Dan itu belum cukup. Seorang pedagang antik yang tukang tipu, seorang conte yang misterius dan seorang fotografer wanita aneh, melengkapi petualangan mereka.Membaca buku ini benar-benar membuat gw berada di Kota Rembulan Venesia. Penggambaran Venesia detil sekali digambarkan oleh Funke. Tidak sekedar menceritakan fantasi tapi di sini Funke menyelipkan bagaimana Prosper sebagai kakak melindungi adiknya. Pertemanan yang tulus. Dan menunjukan bahwa orang tidak pernah puas dengan apa yang dimilikinya sekarang. Anak-anak yang ingin cepat dewasa karena peraturan yang mengekangnya dan orang dewasa yang ingin kembali ke masa kanak-kanaknya karena merasa masa kanak-kanaknya tidak sebahagia yang dipikirkan.

  • Jamie
    2019-03-07 20:26

    I was told to start with this book, but began with Inkheart instead. Inkheart is entirely of a different variety, totally magical, but this one is destined to be the classic. Set in the streets of Venice, this book has it all: Italian culture, street savvy kids, the Robin Hood-like notion of stealing from the rich to give to the poor, all the while echoing a sort of Les Miserables-like Griviche type thing.Everybody loves a gang of orphans! These orphans live in a run down movie theater and rule the streets of Venice, while their leader steals from rich families around the area to support them. Two new boys are taken in by the gang, which also means a private detective (sort of a Lou Grant a la Mary Tyler Moore character, gruff on outside but totally soft on the edges), trails them from afar, one espresso at a time.There are specialty shops all around the place, fountains, marble and antiques, mansions and canals, and of course, that romantic run down movie house as a back drop. In a world of wanna-be clever kids books that try to hard (Searching for Vermeer...blark--teach kids about art and Chicago, but make the story better than this...)this book is a classic reminder not to over look the basic archetypes and plot structures which have satisfied and guided reader and writers alike for centuries. Everybody likes a hero--and sometimes it's easier to take a spoon full of sugar to help the medicine go down: I bet tons of kids read this or had it read to them, and through unknowing osmosis, could now tell you a thing or two about Venician culture, artifact and landscape. Kiss that tired geosafari goodbye and remember how you learned what a moore was, and found that Yorkshire was a real place--you heard about it in a book!

  • Iida
    2019-03-03 13:30

    I read The Thief Lord two years back when I was in Venice for skiing holiday. The book is excellent, and combined with the right surroundings I was smitten. Venice in the winter is misty and dreamy, and when we walked around the city, I could almost see the Thief Lord running around with his friends, cunningly planning their theft, getting more and more mixed up in the plots of grown-ups around them. Funke's storytelling is wonderful, her characters believable, and, for a children's book, The Thief Lord is stunningly good.

  • Sinta Nisfuanna
    2019-03-13 16:20

    Bagian paling kusuka dalam kisah Pangeran Pencuri adalah setting tempat yang dideskripsikan dengan sangat baik. Penggambaran sungai yang dipenuhi gondola, jalanan selayak labirin, dan patung/bangunan museum di Venesia, menjadi latar yang sangat mendukung petualangan Prosper-Bo bersama Pangeran Pencuri dan kawan-kawan. Proper-Bo kabur dari Bibi mereka yang sengaja ingin memisahkan kakak-beradik ini setelah kematian ibunya. Venesia, kota ajaib yang selalu didongengkan sang ibu menjadi tujuan mereka, meski tidak ada sanak saudara. Luntang-luntung di Venesia mempertemukan Prosper-Bo dengan gadis cilik bernama Tawon, dan mengajak mereka bergabung serta tinggal di sebuah gedung bioskop tak terpakai. Prosper-Bo pun akhirnya berkenalan dengan sosok Pangeran Pencuri.Petualangan dalam buku ini sebenarnya tidak terlalu “wah” tapi menyimpan pesan yang dalam. Tawaran mencuri sayap kayu sebuah komedi putar, yang dapat mengubah usia seseorang menjadi pesan betapa manusia seringkali tidak bersyukur. Anak-anak ingin menjadi dewasa dan yang tua ingin menjadi bocah kembali, kondisi yang tidak dipungkiri pasti sering terlintas di benak setiap orang.Selain, latar Venesia yang digambarkan dengan apik, tokoh-tokoh cilik di dalamnya juga memunculkan rasa sayang dari pembaca (saya, maksudnya). Masing-masing karakternya menyimpan kelembutan, persahabatan, kasih sayang, termasuk Viktor, sang detektif yang selalu bertanya-tanya tentang masa kecilnya yang tanpa orangtua.

  • Shaikha
    2019-02-27 15:14

    I loved this book as a kid. ❤

  • Jenny
    2019-03-05 12:32

    This book helped me to escape from myself.2016 and 2017 were tough years for me. I was always generally healthy, which didn't serve me well when my body and mind seemed to break apart gradually but ever so steadily. I didn't know how to take care of myself. And when I finally managed to learn, I became obsessed. It became a different kind of unhealthy. I needed to let my mind run far elsewhere, but fear kept drawing me back.. until I picked up The Thief Lord (and Harry Potter again <3)This book follows two orphaned brothers, Prosper and Bo, who ran away to Venice, the enchanted land that their mother spoke about in her night time stories, in order to stay together. Here, they join a gang of runaway children - the mysterious Thief Lord as their leader. I enjoyed every single character of this story so So SO much. Even the antagonists were unique and I loved how Cornelia Funke carried them through until the end. And because it's quite a short book, I couldn't get deep back stories from all of them, but they each made a strong impression to fuel my imagination. One expectation that did not get met was my assumption of a lot more magical elements. You do definitely get some magic for sure though, just got to be patient ;)I highly recommend this book if you're a youngster who would like to grow up faster or an adult who would like to return to your childhood. It will take you on such a trip. Venice can do that!

  • Taylor Natkin
    2019-03-19 19:42

    The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke, is a fantasy novel about a two orphaned kids. After being told Prosper, a boy around twelve years of age, and his younger brother, Bo, were going to be separated through adoption, they run away to Venice, Italy. Nearing winter, Prosper believed he would have to turn themselves in to save his little brother, who was ill. Luckily, the boys were saved by a young girl, with the nickname Hornet. She brought them to her hideout, which held two more boys. Their leader Scipio, the Thief Lord, does what he says he's best at, and keeps the children safe by stealing and selling. Little did the children know that their lives would change forever after being offered five million lire for stealing something sentimental for an elderly man. With this, the adventure began. The children learn the dark truth of the Thief Lord, and how he came to be, and they find something powerful that will change their lives forever.The plot of the novel was well thought out. You have this group of kids, and at first you don't know where the story is going. Then this one little thing happens that changes the whole book, from the children having a pretty simple and quiet life, to much running and excitement. As the novel moves forward, you begin to understand that the characters are stuck making a very important decision: will you do everything in your power to keep yourself safe and out of trouble, or are you willing to give up your childhood for the ones you love, and to keep THEM safe. "Do you sometimes wish you were grown- up?" was the question Prosper often asked. Would he be willing to give everything up to stay with his brother? This novel teaches you that there's more to life than wanting good for yourself, and if you only want for yourself, there won't be much good at all. It's about others, because they're the ones that keep life going. There is always another reason to keep going.The author, Cornelia Funke, did an amazing job writing this novel. She knew just when to add little hints to the story to pull you in, and to keep you wanting more. For example, when you first meet Scipio, the Thief Lord, you don't know anything about him. He's a mystery. You begin to wonder why he's protecting these children and how he can possibly make so much money stealing being only a kid. Funke, slowly unfolding the truth, makes it so it is absolutely impossible to put the book down. She brings magic to Venice, and life to the characters. In opinion, I believe that Funke's style of writing is brilliant. She chooses exactly the right words, and she puts them in a way that makes you feel as if the book is coming alive.

  • Mohamad Efazati
    2019-03-18 17:17

    واقعیتش من این و به عنوان هدیه برای کسی خریدم و قبل از هدیه دادن خواندمش. خیلی گروه سنیش نزدیک من نبودداستانش بعضی جاها کش اومده بودو بهترین تصویرهاش هم از ونیز بود..در کل به عنوان کتاب متوسط خوب بود :)

  • Abduraafi Andrian
    2019-03-08 15:28

    "Apa saja yang dikerjakan orang dewasa sepanjang hari, Victor?""Bekerja. Makan, belanja, membayar tagihan, menelepon, membaca koran, minum kopi, pergi tidur.""Membosankan.""Begitulah."-----Saat-saat ketika kau begitu rindu dengan kebiasaan lamamu; membaca fantasi. Kau akan melakukan apa saja untuk melepas rindu itu; mengorbankan waktu tidurmu, misalnya. Menyenangkan. Khas Funke (walaupun baru baca "Reckless" saja). Ada yang mau meminjamkan "Inkheart" series?Kata kunci: komidi putar, Venezia, anak-anak ingin jadi dewasa, dewasa ingin jadi anak-anak, bersyukur.Ulasan lengkap: http://bibliough.blogspot.co.id/2016/...

  • Ivana de Bona
    2019-02-24 18:24

    I liked it, but somehow I expected more of it. More excitment, more secrets, more revealing of the same secrets...I'd love to read more of Cornlia Funke's books, but I know my expectations are and will remain very high.

  • Vilja / Kirjaneito
    2019-02-27 17:18

    Ihanampi kuin muistin.

  • Ann
    2019-02-18 14:29

    Die Frau hat es einfach drauf! Macht Lust nach Venedig zu reisen :-)

  • Annalise
    2019-03-02 20:37

    I am just going to cut to the chase. This novel is EXACTLY like the movie…I mean… the movie is EXACTLY like the book! I watched the movie first which got me to read the book as well. Thinking that the book was going to be a little different than the movie (like all novels are), but to my dismay, there were no differences at all. I liked the fact how the writers in Comet Film Productions created this movie to be spot on with the book. I literally skimmed whole pages and chapters because the movie gave it away for me.The theme of family togetherness is a very common theme in most novels. This theme is shown more prominently in this book than most. The story is about two brothers, Prosper and Bo, who never leave each other’s side. They prove that family is a powerful thing when the brothers, Hornet, Scipio, Masca, and Riccio stick together when they are chased by cruel and rude adults. The author wants to show us that when all else seems hopeless, that we should know that family will always be there for you. It sounds very cliché, but it is true! While I was reading the story, I thought, “Was the author ever an orphan or had feelings for orphans?” This question came up because the main characters in the story consist of orphans, runaways, and unloved children. I think the author wants us to see that there is a place in the world for all people. He uses Victor Getz as an example when the detective takes care of them at the end of the story. There is one part in the book that makes me uncomfortable. The reason why Prosper and Bo runaway in the first place is because of their evil Aunt Ester and her awful husband. Even though their aunt and uncle detest children, they still want Bo because he looks cute. So they hire detectives and spend a lot of money to find Bo. Why would you want Bo if you hate kids in the first place? There is no reason to “adopt” a child, even if the child is your sister’s, if you don’t like kids! What is the point? If you are in dire need to read a book and write a report on it but you are too lazy to read a book yourself, then I recommend you watch the movie to this book…I mean read this book. This is an excellent book if you care to read it. I know if I read it when I was younger, this book would be in my top ten because I liked books that have kids surviving on their own. The simple diction and dialogue makes this book a speedy read. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I would have! Have fun.