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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

  Lewis, C.S.


Illustrator: Baynes, Pauline
Publisher: HarperCollins
Number of Pages: 206
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Genres:

Animals
Fantasy
Adventure/Survival

Material Type/Location:

Youth Fiction

Reading Level:

4-5
6-8

Awards:

Voice of Youth Award Nominee

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Why I liked this title:

I first heard about this book when I was in kindergarten. I actually saw the somewhat simple animated retelling of this story and became fascinated with it. My brother told me the cartoon was based on a book. Because my brother was (and still is) quite mischievous, he also told me that the story was true and that he thought my father's wardrobe was the real wardrobe. I was (and hopefully am still not) pretty gullible, so I tried to make my way through the wardrobe to Narnia. When this didn't work, I tried the closet on the other side of the wardrobe and was locked in by my brother! All that being said, reading the book a few years later brought back the magic and made me yearn for a world like Narnia.

While this is the first Narnia book C.S. Lewis wrote, the series can also be read in chronological order. So, if you want to find out about how the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe, each came to be, you may want to read the book that takes place first, The Magician's Nephew.

This title is also available on compact disc and as part of the Chronicles of Narnia audio collection.

Reviewed by: Amanda "Mandy" O'Brien on 2/18/2007

While this book, like me, has been around for a long time, I never read it as a child. I began reading it because the movie is coming out and I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie. This book is the tale of four siblings, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, who travel through the magical wardrobe into the land of Narnia. There they must battle the White Witch to save the animals of Narnia. With exciting battle scenes and talking animals, this book is ideal for fans of fantasy. This book is part of The Chronicles of Narnia series.

This title is also available on compact disc and as part of the Chronicles of Narnia audio collection.

Reviewed by: Linda Sawyer on 12/10/2005

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