Title: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Author: C.S. Lewis
Genre: Children’s, fantasy, classic
Grade: A (5/5)
Description (from cover):They open a door and enter a world
NARNIA…the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy…the place where the adventure begins. Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever.
- Fulfills childhood dreams of fantasy worlds full of magic and adventure
- Charming narrator that isn’t condescending
- Vivid and imaginative writing
While staying with a mysterious professor, the four Pevensie find a magical world beyond a wardrobe. Narnia is full of talking animals and magical creatures who are stuck under the rule of the evil White Witch. There, the children must rescue an old friend and a brother, and save Narnia from the witch’s clutches.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is everything my childhood needed. Of course, like many, I was familiar with the wardrobe that whisked you away to a land cursed to winter. After all, I had watched the movie as a child. But as most readers will tell you, the book is truly better than the movie.
The book fulfilled that childhood desire for a magical adventure in another world. Narnia is so vivid and so imaginative that it becomes a place you wish you could go. In all honesty, I felt like a kid again, dreaming of far off places and fantastic adventures. It’s something I wish I would have read when I was younger because I know I would have loved it.
Part of the charm of the novel is the narration. It was fun and personable. It had the sing-song fairy tale feel to it that’s fitting for a children’s novel. But it also wasn’t condescending or overt in its teachings. The teachings were there, but they weren’t overpowering.
The lessons weren’t overpowering because the world was so vivid. I could imagine everything. When the children were cold, I felt cold. When they were seeing something for the first time, I was seeing something for the first time. The writing might be meant for a child, but it certainly wasn’t lacking in complexity.
Overall, I think the Chronicles of Narnia is one of those series we should all read. It’s culturally significant, an example of endearing children’s literature, and completely entertaining.