Battle of the Books: The Magician’s Nephew

Mae McGrath

Sixth Narnia Chronicles book answers many questions

By: Mae McGrath 

Editor’s note:  Butterfield Library’s 2012 Battle of the Books team members will be reviewing each of their books. This is the first review.  Click here to read Philipstown.info’s feature story on the Battle of the Books program. 

The sixth published Narnia Chronicles book answers many questions that fans of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe may have had after finishing it. C.S. Lewis, author of The Magician’s Nephew, succeeds again in captivating readers’ attention through humor and interesting scenarios that the characters get involved in even though it is not quite as intriguing as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  

This book explains many things that happened in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, like how the wardrobe was made, how Narnia was created and how the animals can talk. Because of the lack of as many action scenes, it made the book a little less interesting, but it makes up for it with humor and interesting scenarios, like the main character’s uncle being mistaken for a tree and how Narnia was created. 

I would suggest reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe before The Magician’s Nephew, so you can have the same “Oh, so that’s how that happened moments” that I did. Definitely a must read for Narnia fans.
Mae McGrath is in 6th grade at Haldane.


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