Synopsis from HarperCollins:
Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.
Step through the wardrobe and into The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the second book in C. S. Lewis’s classic fantasy series, which has been enchanting readers of all ages for over sixty years. This is a stand-alone novel, but if you want to return to Narnia, read The Horse and His Boy, the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia.
About: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a middle grade/young adult fantasy written by C. S. Lewis and illustrated by Pauline Bayes. It was published on 10/25/2005 by HarperFestival, an imprint of HarperCollins, paperback, 224 pages. The genres are classics, young adult/middle grade fantasy, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 8 and up. There were 7 books to the Chronicles of Narnia in the order of publication date: book 1 was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, book 2 was Prince Caspian, book 3 was The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, book 4 was The Silver Chair, book 5 was The Horse and His Boy, book 6 was The Magician’s Nephew, and book 7 was The Last Battle. According to Harper Collins’ website, the company is the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world, originally founded by two bothers, James and John Harper in New York City in 1817 and currently has publishing operations in 18 countries. Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe on 7/19/2020 and finished it on 8/14/2020. I’m rereading this book because I want to read the remaining books in the series. I’m also reading this series with my 8 years old son. I let him read first so while I read this book he’s reading book 2. I’m confused by the order of the series so I’m reading in the order of the publication date. In my next reread I may read by the order the book indicates. Anyhow, this book was fantastic! I loved the way the author worded his sentences. I enjoyed Mrs Beaver’s humor. I loved Peter as the oldest brother. He seemed fair to Lucy and apologized when he’s wrong. I liked how he obtained opinions from his siblings before deciding something. Lucy was sweet and lovable. The animals in Narnia were so nice like the faun and the beavers.
The author narrated the story as if he had witnessed the happenings. He told about the siblings: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy in that order from oldest to youngest. The children move into an old professor’s house for summer break. It was one rainy day that the children played hide and seek indoors when during hiding, Lucy discovered Narnia while hiding in the Wardrobe. The faun, Mr. Tumnus was to kidnap Lucy and bring her to the White Witch but he decided to save her instead. The next child to discover Narnia was Edmund. The White Witch Queen found him and got him hooked on her Turkish Delights. The third visit into Narnia, all four siblings ended up there. One sibling was a spy for the Witch while the other three went to meet the Lion, King of Narnia, to rescue Mr. Tumnus and eventually rescue the spy sibling.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was well written and a fast paced read! The differences between the siblings were well portrayed because of course there’s one that’ll be selfish. I liked the name Aslan. Sounds cool. Loved the magic and the animals. It’s awesome how the siblings grew up in Narnia and then get to be children again when they were back home again. How peculiar or proper the children talked in Narnia! I wish the author included the siblings’ ages. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Highly recommended this book!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, magical world, magic, siblings, animals, humor
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a fellow and tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics, the Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures. (Photo obtained from Wikipedia and Info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).
***Disclaimer: I’m reading books I owned and my opinions are honest.