* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page.
Today’s great book: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis (1955, HarperCollins)
The Author’s Book Website: https://www.cslewis.com/us
Time to Read: about two weeks (we read before bedtime each night)
Summary: from the author’s website…”On a daring quest to save a life, two friends are hurled into another world, where an evil sorceress seeks to enslave them. But then the lion Aslan’s song weaves itself into the fabric of a new land, a land that will be known as Narnia. And in Narnia, all things are possible. Discover the magical lands of Narnia in The Magician’s Nephew, the first title in C. S. Lewis’s classic fantasy series, which has enchanted readers of all ages for over sixty years.”
Best Quote: “Make your choice, adventurous Stranger,Strike the bell and bide the danger,Or wonder, till it drives you mad,What would have followed if you had.”
Our View: This is one in the series of The Chronicles of Narnia that I had never read until just a few weeks ago. Being that this is the first one in that famous landmark book series, I am amazed that I had never read it until now. While it brings the world of Narnia to us for the first time and introduces characters and locations (such as the lampost!) that we will see throughout the series, it also gives a backstory unlike any other series I have read and it is action-packed, funny, and harrowing from chapter one. The entire work is exciting and interesting and full of time-travel style mystery and wonder and fear and adventure and risk, but the chapter that I will never forget is entitled “The Bell and the Hammer.” I was reading it aloud to the girls and truly lost myself in it – and that doesn’t happen very often, even though I love to read, because it is usually at night after a long day and I am tired anyway. But this chapter, all I can tell you is that if you read this one chapter, it will force you to buy the book and read it aloud to your children! One great book and one great experience for us all.