Date Completed: August 15, 2007
Publication Year: 2001
Part of The Chronicles of Narnia
Owned Prior to 2007

Reason for Reading: After watching A Bridge to Terabithia last night, I was in the mood for another sort of thing in the same vein, so I decided a reread of some of The Chronicles of Narnia was in order because I used to do so every year, but never have since I started blogging.

They open a door and enter a world- Narnia … a land frozen in eternal winter … a country waiting to be set free. Four adventurers step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia -- a land enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change … and a great sacrifice.
This is probably my favourite and most read of the series. I was so happy when the series sort of got resurrected when the new movie came out because I had been enjoying the series for years. It was nice to see a new audience taking the time to read it. Now they are going to make all the books into movies, something that has never been done before, so I am sure this series will get all the recognition it needs. It is just sad that it took a movie to get people reading, but at least they are reading!

I am not sure I really need to tell people what happens in it, the book has been reviewed on several blogs in the last few years and a lot of people have seen the movie. This book is just one of my early childhood memories. I think this is one of my first chapterbooks, actually. Mind you, I no longer have my old editions, a few years ago I bought the book that has all the novels in it so I could read them more easily. So, as you can see, I have always loved fantasy. From the time I was very young it was one of my most favourite things to read.

So, instead of me rehashing the plot, what's your favourite childhood 'chapter book'? Have you read it since then, and if so, was it as good or did you find yourself wondering what on earth you ever found in it? This one is probably mine, so obviously I have read it since and obviously I still read it from time to time. Great book.


One of my favorite chapter books from childhood was one I've recently talked about, Daniel Pinkwater's book The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death. Years later when I tracked it down as an adult I found it as endearing and screamingly funny as I did as a child.

I loved the Little House on the Prairie books and the old school Bobbsy Twins and Nancy Drew and Anne of Green Gables.

Was traumatized into never reading the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe because when I was about six or so I was at my friends and we were flipping the channels and I saw the Lion being killed and I sorta ended up having nightmares over that. Plus now after reading Neil Gaiman's short story about the book I could never look at it the same way.

My sister introduced me to Enid Blyton when I was around 8 or 9. Since then, I was hooked on Enid Blyton books. I guess those were my childhood chapter books!

My favourite book from the Chronicles of Narnia would be The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe! When I first read it when I was a kid, I didn't know that it was a book in a 'series'. But still, I liked it! I only bought all 7 books 3 years ago.

carl v.: It is always nice when childhood books are still enjoyable later on.

raspberry swyrl: I like Little House on the Praire, the Bobbsey Twins, and Anne of Green Gables too. :) Which Neil Gaiman story is about it? I don't remember reading one.

josette: I need to see these Enid Blyton books, I keep hearing about them.

My favourite childhood chapter books were the Narnia books, the Anne of Green Gables series and Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. I always read at least one of the Narnia books every year, and have reread the Anne books so many times I can't even count. The Time books, though, I hadn't read for many years and when I finally went back to reread them a few years ago, it was wonderful to rediscover them - though, I found that some parts were rather more cheesy than I had remembered....

I discovered the Time books later in life. I was in junior high, actually, and had been reading for a long time by then. Anne of Green Gables is fantastic. I really need to read the rest of her books, I have only really read the Anne-related books and the first Emily of New Moon.

The Narnia books were a staple of my childhood, triggering a deepseated longing to find a way to actually go there. My sister and I always kept our eyes open for secret dors that might possible get us there. I'm quite certain it was an instigator for turning me into a writer/filmaker.

The new film was perfect for me! Can't wait for all of them! My favorite Narnia books are The Horse and His Boy, and The Silver Chair.

I also loved the Little House books and reread both series constantly.

I am glad I am finding other Narnia fans. Most of my friends only read the books when the first movie came out.

It is either in Fragile Things or Smoke and Mirrors (his two collections of short stories) I can't remember which-but it was definitly a different take on the story

Read the Blue Castle by LM Montgomery-it's my favourite!

hm, if it was Smoke and Mirrors, I don't remember it... Must be Fragile Things.

I seriously have planned to read The Blue Castle for years! I never get there though.

Agreed - Narnia. Also The Hobbit. Sometimes I pull it out just to read the one paragraph that describes Smaug - poetry.

Actually, did you know that several of the Narnia books were made into (TV) movies? I think they got up to Silver Chair... (I couldn't tell from your post if you were aware of them, because you said the new production the first time that "all" will be made into movies...)

I think in some ways I liked the first (movie) adaptation better. The latest movie was too much of a sweeping production - it was almost like watching scenes from Lord of the Rings again. The book itself is very simple, and beautiful for it - that simplicity was very much lost in the newest movie. (But I certainly think the actors were *fantastic*.)

Yes, I was aware they made television movies. This new production is supposed to make all of them, though. The BBC only made some of them. I like the original better too, I own it actually. :)

My favourites from this series are The Magicians Nephew and The Silver Chair. I'm not sure what you mean by a chapter book but my favourites gtowing up were the Narnia books, The Faraway tree books by Enid Blyton or the Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry.

It is just basically a book that has chapters in it... but is actually not a fair term because there are books with lots of pages that have no chapters.

So, what does Enid Blyton write? Just regular fiction or fantasy or something?

She wrote children's adventure like the "Famous Five" and fantasy too. She's the one who created Noddy, that was a famous British television show. I work in an antiquarian used bookshop and she's very collectible.
Of the Narnia series, the Magician's Nephew is my favorite. There is just something about the wood between worlds that can fascinate me for hours.
Other chapter books I enjoyed as a kid (and still do :D) are the Oz series, though I haven't read any of the ones that are founded on Oz and continued it after Baum stopped) and the Trixie Beldon. I just couldn't get into Nancy Drew as I did Trixie.

Maybe I will see if I can find a book by Blyton.

I read Nancy Drew, but mostly because my mother did when she was a kid so she tracked down the whole series when I was a kid.

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