Author: C. S. Lewis
Length: 208 pages
(My) Rating: G
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Though The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was the first book that C. S. Lewis wrote, chronologically The Magician's Nephew is the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia.
C. S. Lewis is a very talented writer. Though his books are written using simple language and with children in mind, there is a depth to them that I rarely find in other books.
Nearly everything in The Magician's Nephew is allegorical, and that makes it even more interesting to read as an adult. Having read this book when I was much younger, it was fun to approach it again and read it with a more mature perspective.
Lewis writes with an older style and for those who are used to modern books, it could be fairly easy to get bogged down in detail occasionally. This book starts off a little slowly with two children who become friends over their neighboring fence and decide to explore a crawl-space that runs all through their street.
While trying to sneak into an abandoned house, they instead find themselves in the boy's attic where he's been forbidden to go. He is confronted by his uncle, who is a magician. The uncle tricks the boy and his friend into traveling to another world where he makes a dreadful mistake.
This book delves into the creation of Narnia and provides an explanation for a lot of the things you'll find in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, such as where the light-post came from. It also contains the origin story for the White Witch and how she came to exist in Narnia. Aslan, as always, is an incredible symbol for Christ.
I highly recommend this book for all ages. Even if you aren't religious, it's a great fantasy story.
On my scale, this book is probably G.
There are no swear words in this book, and no sexual content. It is written for younger readers, and though it might be a bit intense at times, I feel that it is completely appropriate. It could be read aloud to any age, and I think they would enjoy it.