Genre: YA portal fantasy
Length: 95 pages
Setting: London in the 1900s and other worlds
Interest: Mr. Curiosity chose the Chronicles of Narnia as his bedtime story. This is the first book in the series (according to Lewis, even if it wasn’t the first book published).
Summary: Digory and Polly are next-door neighbors and they go exploring in the attic in the hope of getting into the vacant house one house over. Instead, they end up in Digory’s Uncle Andrew’s room. Uncle Andrew fancies he’s a bit of a Magician and he’s managed to create a set of rings that can send the bearer somewhere else. Polly picks up a ring and vanishes and Digory has to go bring her back. They end up in a Forest Between Worlds with pools that take you to different worlds. They venture into Charn, where Digory awakens the evil Queen. She follows them back to London and wreaks havoc there. The kids manage to pull her back to the Forest and then they end up in a world that is just being created. They listen and watch as Aslan sings Narnia into existence.
Final thoughts: This makes an excellent read aloud book. The chapters are just the right length to be read easily in one sitting. It’s also a very exciting book from the first chapter, so I didn’t have to cajole Mr. Curiosity into giving it a bit more time and I promise it gets better. It’s a good story for either a boy or a girl since Polly and Digory play important roles throughout (although Digory gets in the most trouble because of his actions.) There’s a reason it’s such a commonly read book and series – it really is that good.
Title comes from: Digory is one of the main characters (along with Polly) and he’s the nephew of Uncle Andrew, the Magician of the story.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 91/100 in the Read-a-Latte Challenge