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Book of Narnians: The Lion, the Witch and the Others
     

Book of Narnians: The Lion, the Witch and the Others

by James Riordan, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator), C. S. Lewis (Based on a book by)
 
This magnificent book is an introduction to some of the most wonderful creatures from the world of Narnia. Find out about Jewel the Unicorn, Puddleglum the Marsh-wiggle, and Trumpkin the Dwarf. Brief descriptions set the creatures in the context of their roles in the adventures of Narnia, and enchanting full-color illustrations bring the creatures to life.

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This magnificent book is an introduction to some of the most wonderful creatures from the world of Narnia. Find out about Jewel the Unicorn, Puddleglum the Marsh-wiggle, and Trumpkin the Dwarf. Brief descriptions set the creatures in the context of their roles in the adventures of Narnia, and enchanting full-color illustrations bring the creatures to life.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
From the illustrator of C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia comes an enchanting full-color book featuring the exotic Narnian characters. Those familiar with Baynes' black and white line artwork in the original series will delight in these new color illustrations. She captures the magical feel of her original delicate pen drawings. The individual profiles, which accompany each illustration, set the character in the context of the whole Narnian history. This is also a wonderful way to introduce a young reader to the whole Narnia series. In the back is an additional cast of characters and a synopsis of the each book in the series. Next to C. S. Lewis' outline of Narnian history (to chronicle Narnian years versus English years), Baynes has lovingly drawn a detailed map of Narnia. It is interesting to note that some of the fantastical creatures who appear in this book were not illustrated in the original. For all lovers of Narnia as well as those just beginning to explore C. S. Lewis' magical world, this is a real treat.
School Library Journal
Gr 3 UpThis who's who presents 33 mostly nonhuman characters or groups that appear in Lewis's classic series. They are briefly described and some of their stories related. The words are largely Lewis's own, though plucked selectively, and omitting much, from the originals. The selection is skillfully done, but transitions between description and storytelling are sometimes awkward. The full-color paintings retain the liveliness and expression of the originals, but their scale and perspective make them grander all around. Whereas the original pen-and-ink drawings were often seen from a distance and punctuated the text only occasionally, these bordered and decorative landscapes and closeups present constant and considerably fleshed-out vistas and creatures. Though the new art is impressive, and often lovely, readers may miss the smaller-scale charm and sharply etched detail of the black-and-white originals. Those who've read the books will find the most to enjoy here, seeing old friends and enemies in fuller garb. The sheer numbers will confuse Narnia neophytes, and despite the attempt to provide context in the descriptions, some knowledge of characters is assumed. Lewis's outline of Narnian history appears, as does a succinct annotation of each title. Brian Sibley's Land of Narnia (HarperCollins, 1990) also includes a few new paintings by Baynes (different from these), but, with its biographical and literary angles, adds new information. The art is the draw in the Book of Narnians, and it is fascinating to see the artist take on things these many years later, but the originals are still quite wonderful enough.Nancy Palmer, The Little School, Bellevue, WA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060250140
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Series:
Narnia Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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