Book Review | The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe
Title: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia (publication order) #1) by C. S. Lewis
Genres: Children’s, Fantasy, Classic
Published by: HarperCollins Publishers (Mar. 5th, 2002, originally Oct. 16th, 1950)
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.
I’m pretty sure I’m one of the few homeschooled, Christians who did not read The Chronicles of Narnia growing up. Pretty much all my friends read it, but for one reason or another, I just never picked it up. Well, I finally did, and I’m so glad!
I found The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to be such a delightful book! I really loved the narrator. Children’s books where it feels like the narrator is actually talking to you, and puts in his own little comments from time to time, are always so much fun to read.
I found the book’s pacing to be just right, too. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a rather small book, but the story never felt rushed or incomplete. It always felt comfortable to me, if that makes sense.
The actual plot of the story, itself, was so interesting, and I really enjoyed reading it. I have seen the movie several times, so I already knew the plot, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book at all. All the characters were so charming, as well! I especially found Mr. and Mrs. Beaver to be such fun side characters who brought just the right amount of comic relief. I also loved the Christian allegory side to everything. It was really well done, but it was also subtle and not over the top.
Overall, this was a really enjoyable book. It’s one that I plan on reading to my future children, someday. I’ve heard mixed things about the rest of the series, but for now, I think I’m going to continue it and see what I think of it for myself. I would recommend The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to anyone, young and old, who are looking for a fun and enchanting, fantasy story.
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