Eustace is a jerk par-excellance, and the reader delights in calling him Useless along with everyone else. All of us readers get drawn in Eustace's so very Narnian painting of a dragon ship and into the heart of a great adventure, beside that great champion and knight Reepicheep the mouse.
The Focus on the Family Radio Theatre adaptation of C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia are excellent. They are by far my favorite adaptation.
I have been neglectfully not reviewing the books I've been reading to the kids at bedtime, as most of them I've read before in my childhood (I've even neglected to count most of them in my yearly total), but I need this review for Play Book Tag on Shelfari. About a year after the events of Prince Caspian, Edmund and Lucy, along with their obnoxious cousin Eustace, are magically whisked back into Narnia via a picture of a sailing ship in their aunt and uncle's house. The ship is King Caspian's "Dawn Treader"; for Caspian it is 3 years since the Pevensies' last visit, and they are on a quest to find the 7 Narnian lords who were encouraged by his usurping uncle Miraz to sail to the east and never heard from again. This is my second favorite book of the series and it was fun to go through the adventure once again with the old crew, particularly Reepicheep the gallant and daring mouse. I always enjoyed Eustace's comeuppance which turned him from an unpleasant (though amusing) character to a quite tolerable one. I wasn't too sure how well the kids were listening or enjoying the story, but at the end my son really surprised me by bursting into tears at Reepicheep's fate. It's nice to be able to share some of the best memories of my childhood with my own kids.
This is possibly one of my favorite books of all time, and my favorite of the Narnia series. There's always a surprise around every corner.
The adventure is never ending in the land of Narnia... Prince Caspian now a King, seeks out the seven Lords, good men, who his evil uncle had banished from the land. The four children go with King Caspian on this voyage into other magical lands on toward Aslan's country at the End of the World. This is book 5 of 7.