Book Review: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

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As part of a Children’s Book Readathon on my blog, we voted and are reading some classic young adult novels this week. Come join us! Today’s review is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardobe/The Chronicles of Narnia 6 Vols, the 2nd book in the Chronicles of Narnia series, by C.S. Lewis. I read this book as a child several times, then again as an adult before the movies came out. This was probably my fifth time, but it’s one of my top ten all-time favorites.

Set in England during the war, 4 children are sent off to a peculiar, older man’s country home for safety from German bombs. Shortly after they arrive, the youngest finds herself embroiled in a small game of hide-and-seek leading her to take refuge in a wardrobe. Eventually her siblings follow suit and they enter a magical world where mythical creatures and animals are all stuck in winter. They try to find a way out, learn they’re meant to co-rule the land, and find themselves captured and in a different kind of war. I’m being vague as everyone knows the story or if they don’t, I shall not ruin it for you!

C.S. Lewis as a brilliant imagination. I fall for these characters every time. I could read it repeatedly without ever bring bored. I’ve read the whole series once before, but I’m considering doing it again. I always forget that this is actually the second book in the series, too. Aslan is one of my favorite all-time heroes. The witch is also one of my favorite enemies. Between the bonds of siblings, trusting strangers, the similarities between the war inside the wardrobe and the one in reality, this book tells so much more than the journey on the surface.


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24 thoughts on “Book Review: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

    foodinbooks said:
    August 20, 2018 at 10:43 AM

    Wasn’t this series the best? I read it when I was 10 and it totally transported me. Though I loved the other books, this first one in the series was my favorite. And Aslan! Wasn’t he a badass? Awesome review – thanks for bringing back memories. 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 20, 2018 at 11:25 AM

      Yes. You’re welcome. When are you back? We need to make a busy work!! Sorry about last time. Crazy week.


    scr4pl80 said:
    August 20, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Looking forward to reading this as I haven’t read it before. Have to walk to the library to get it and Charlotte’s Web. Thanks for the excuse to get some exercise!

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    robbiesinspiration said:
    August 20, 2018 at 1:04 PM

    I love this book, Jay. It is a firm favourite.

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    Katherine said:
    August 20, 2018 at 2:21 PM

    I’m hooked on this book! My favourite childhood book and I saw the musical, have the DVD and even the Nintendo DS game. I love the story. Thanks for the review.

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    Beware Of The Reader said:
    August 20, 2018 at 3:32 PM

    I have seen the movie but never read the books honestly! It seems such a great read!

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    tidalscribe said:
    August 20, 2018 at 6:29 PM

    I first enjoyed it in junior school when the teacher read a chapter at the end of each day. No pictures, but I was totally absorbed into Nania, the further books in the series cannot beat those first steps into the wardobe. Even though we were at a Church of England school I did not realise till I was grown up that the stories are an allegory of the Christian faith! If you want some CS Lewis for grownups ‘The Screwtape Letters’ are very funny and clever – letters to a junior devil.

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    Nicole (Read. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.) said:
    August 20, 2018 at 7:21 PM

    I remember reading this so many years ago and being transported into a whole new world of reading. Such fond memories call for a reread soon!

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    carhicks said:
    August 21, 2018 at 8:21 AM

    Great review Jay. I haven’t started yet, but hope to some time today. It is raining here, so lots of time to read.

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    Jennie said:
    August 22, 2018 at 1:03 PM

    One of the best. I think JK Rowling got the idea for her giant chess board directly from this book.

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    September 6, 2018 at 11:45 AM

    A classsic!
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    the pretty poems said:
    October 7, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    this was a great spoiler free review on a very well known classic!!

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