Genre: portal fantasy
Length: 86 pages
Setting: Narnia and England in 1940
Interest: It’s Mr. Curiosity’s bedtime story. He loved The Magician’s Nephew so much, we went right on to the next book in the series.
Summary: Peter, Susan, Edward, and Lucy were sent to the countryside to avoid the Blitz. They ended up in the big, old house of the Professor. In his house, there is a large wardrobe that Lucy discovers will sometimes lead to another world – Narnia. Edward follows Lucy in once, and meets the White Witch, who keeps Narnia in a perpetual state of winter. All the siblings go through the wardrobe one day and set off to meet Aslan, helped by the Beavers. Edward sneaks off to meet up with the Witch, but doesn’t get the reward he was hoping for. The forces of Good and Evil fight it out, and the Good are victorious. The children are crowned King and Queen of Narnia and rule in peace for many years before going back home through the wardrobe.
Final thoughts: It’s just as enjoyable as The Magician’s Nephew, and even more so if you read The Magician’s Nephew first so you can recognize all the Easter eggs from the first story – the source of the magic in the wardrobe, the lamp-post, the Witch. No worries that the book will be too upsetting for kids. For all that there’s a big battle, most of the fighting happens off stage. Mr. Curiosity was a bit surprised to find Aslan dies in the story, especially since he looked through the rest of the books in the series (we have them all in one big volume) and saw Aslan appears in later stories. While I had no clue the story was an allegory of the Christ story when I was a kid, it’s pretty obvious as an adult. Now that we’ve finished the book, we’ll watch the movie version.
Title comes from: The kids got into Narnia through the wardrobe, and the battle was fought between the forces of Aslan (a Lion), and the Witch.
Reading challenges fulfilled: My first book of the new year to start my reading challenges. 1/100 in my 100 Book Challenge, a classic adapted into a movie in the Back to the Classics Challenge, and an L in the Alphabet Soup Challenge
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