Book Reviews of The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, Bk 1)

The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, Bk 1)
The Magician's Nephew - Chronicles of Narnia, Bk 1
Author: C. S. Lewis
ISBN-13: 9780064405058
ISBN-10: 0064405052
Publication Date: 7/8/1994
Pages: 208
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 224 ratings
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
This, I think, was the best Narnia book, as its motivations were the truest and purest and it offered the explanations for the beginnings of so much in the future books with which we are already so familiar. Funny how Lewis turns the tables on this one -- the pursuit of an apple for a *good* reason by a man, for a woman.
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Helpful Score: 1
How I got through my childhood and beyond without reading this series, I don't quite know, but it is truly regrettable that I did. The recent movies brought the series to my attention. This is the first--the beginning of Narnia. It is certainly not the most well-known of the seven books but it tells much that makes the later stories more understandable and enjoyable. From here, you believe in Narnia as a true place with a true history (at least as long as you are turning pages).

Yes, the writing is quaint and more reminiscent of The Hobbit than the Lord of the Rings, simply because it is definitely written for a young audience in an era that was much simpler. However, do not think the story to be trite or dated--it is not. There is much the same sense of morality and parable present here as in the watered-down Grimm's or the stories of Hans Christian Andersen. Christian parallels do exist, but not in such a way that non-believers are repulsed. That, perhaps, is this tale's greatest contribution to the world--that a non-Christian can be exposed to so much of God's love in such an innocent fashion. No judgement or condemnation is felt--the characters are all given choices and consequences.

This is yet another series that is well worth re-reading, not only for children but adults as well.
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Helpful Score: 1
Book 1 Narnia series
How Narnia was created, who went their first and why.
Be aware of British slang/words maybe hard for some children to comprehend
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Helpful Score: 1
super fantastic book to explain all the items and meanings behind the 2nd book, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Explains why the wardrobe is 'magic' and the meaning behind the lamp post.
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Fantasic fantasy series. While this book in not my favorite in the series, the story is good as is the writing. A must read for all fantasy lovers.
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Yeehaw! Great beginning to a great series. Check it out!
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This is the first in the series of seven books "The Chronicles of Narnia"
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My son has read this whole series and loved it.
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This is the first book in the Narnia series...you find out how the Ice Queen came to rule in Narnia.
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Book 1 of 7; Digory and Polly are friends who are sent into other worlds through tricker. Magic rings that Digory's Uncle Andrew made. The two friends find themselves in an adventure of a life time. Bringing an evil witch back from one world and watching the creation of another.
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Great series! Digory and Polly find their way to Narnia. They encounter the evil sorceress Jadis before they return home. Full of adventure, great characters.
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It was amazing! I couldn't stop reading and it was so sad that the book has finally ended... I can't wait to read the next.
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This was one of my favorite Narnia books. I've read the first 4 in the series. 4 stars.
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First book in the Chronicles of Narnia series. I haven't read in many moons, but step daughter loved it!
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I love fantasy, I read this series as a child and I just wanted to refresh before the movie came out:)
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Book 1 of the Chronicles. Not my favorite, but not bad either.
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I recommend that you read this great little book before "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," though many people (and commercial packaging) often begin with LWW. In the full set of 7 books in the Chronicles set, this is the one that tells how Narnia began, and where the great magic came from. A great story: Collect and read all seven!
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I love this book. The only reason I'm listing it is because I have two copies. This is the first (although not the first written) in the Narnia series.
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Excellent start to a fun and magical series! Loved it and highly recommend it!
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Chronicles of Narnia:
How Aslan created Narnia and gave the gift of speech to its animals.
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Wonderful