Published in the early 1950s, C. S. Lewis's seven Chronicles of Narnia were proclaimed instant children's classics and have been hailed in The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature as «the most sustained achievement in fantasy for children by a 20th-century author.» But how could Lewis (a formidable critic, scholar, and Christian apologist)conjure up the kind of adventures in which generations of children (and adults) take such delight? In this engaging and insightful book, C. S. Lewis expert David C. Downing invites readers to join his vivid exploration of the Chronicles of Narnia, offering a detailed look at the enchanting stories themselves and also focusing on the extraordinary intellect and imagination of the man behind the Wardrobe. Downing presents each Narnia book as its own little wardrobe – each tale an opportunity to discover a visionary world of bustling vitality, sparkling beauty, and spiritual clarity. And Downing's examination of C. S. Lewis's personal life shows how the content of these classic children's books reflects Lewis's love of wonder and story, his affection for animals and homespun things, his shrewd observations about human nature, along with his vast reading, robust humor, theological speculations, medieval scholarship, and arcane linguistic jokes. A fun glossary of odd and invented words will allow readers to speak with Narnian flair, regaling friends and family with unusual words like cantrips, poltoonery, hastilude, and skirling. A masterful work that will appeal to both new and seasoned fans of Narnia, Into the Wardrobe offers a journey beyond Narnia's deceptively simple surface and into its richly textured and unexpected depths.
The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years and the magical events described in C.S. Lewis's immortal prose have left many a lasting memory for adults and children alike. All seven Chronicles are bound together in this new paperback edition (rebranded with HarperCollins logo). The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years and the magical events described in C.S. Lewis's immortal prose have left many a lasting memory. For here is a world where a witch decrees eternal winter - where there are more talking animals than people - and where battles are fought by Centaurs, Giants and Fauns.
A beautifully designed colouring book, using the original, stunning illustrations by Pauline Baynes - a perfect gift for fans of The Chronicles of Narnia, and for anyone, of any age, who enjoys colouring in. Step through the wardrobe and enter the magical world of Narnia - a glorious land of centaurs, fauns and Aslan, the great lion. Join, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy on their adventures and let your imagination run free as they stand against the White Witch, voyage across the seas and face a last ferocious battle to save Narnia. This beautifully designed colouring book contains iconic, original artwork from all seven stories in The Chronicles of Narnia. It also includes intricate patterns - created using characters and elements unique to Narnia - delightful maps and inspirational quotes for you to colour in. The official The Chronicles of Narnia Colouring book - celebrating this classic, epic and much-loved series.