Passport to Narnia: A Newcomer's Guide


New to Narnia? Don't feel lost—or alone! This accessible, illustrated guide is your passport to C. S. Lewis's enchanting world of Narnia and all its wonders. Written especially for newcomers, Passport to Narnia tells you everything you need to know about Narnia and its creator, C. S. Lewis. Fun, fact-filled, and entertaining, it also features the art of award-winning fantasy illustrator Tim Kirk, whose map of Narnia and delightful drawings lend just the right touch.

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New to Narnia? Don't feel lost—or alone! This accessible, illustrated guide is your passport to C. S. Lewis's enchanting world of Narnia and all its wonders. Written especially for newcomers, Passport to Narnia tells you everything you need to know about Narnia and its creator, C. S. Lewis. Fun, fact-filled, and entertaining, it also features the art of award-winning fantasy illustrator Tim Kirk, whose map of Narnia and delightful drawings lend just the right touch.

Written by a seasoned traveler who has taken his readers in previous books to J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth and J. K. Rowling's wizarding world of Harry Potter, author George Beahm is your guide to the wonders of Narnia.

What's the story behind Lewis's writing The Chronicles of Narnia? What is its geography and who are its people? Who are the principal characters in each book, and what challenges await them? These, and many more, questions are answered.

From Lewis's Narnia novels to early coverage of Disney's adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and the wealth of related products (audiobooks, dramatizations, other books by Lewis, and books about him), this companion book is a reader's delight.

Through the wardrobe, to the lamppost in the Lantern Waste, and to the very edges of the Eastern Ocean, Beahm's Passport to Narnia is your first-class ticket to C. S. Lewis's enduring children's classic that has enthralled and entertained readers for more than half a century.

Beahm has chronicled Narnia in a reader-friendly way that will charm both the young and old, the new and seasoned readers: This is your ticket to Lewis's world beyondthe wardrobe.

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Editorial Reviews

Disney's film version of perennial fantasy favorite The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will pique interest in C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. This title provides readers with excellent information about all seven books in the series. Beahm, author of books about the Harry Potter series, provides an accessible guide to Narnia with illustrations by a former Disney Imagineer. The book is divided into four parts: The first gives information about Lewis, the second looks at the books, the third explores the Disney film, and the fourth provides further resources such as books and Web sites. Photographs of jewelry and movie tie-in merchandise are included as well. Light in tone but not frivolous, Beahm's book is a clear, informational guide to the world of Narnia. Illustrations, lists, and font size will attract those in middle school and older. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Hampton Roads, 200p.; Illus. Photos., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.
—Rachelle Bilz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571744654
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 200
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2005

    Passport Review

    In many ways, this is my favorite of Beahm's guides. Beahm manages to make Passport feel extremely informative yet, at the same time, leave enough room for the reader to do some wondering. But Beahm doesn't just leave the reader hanging -- he helpfully provides enough information for the curious reader to go out and wander the worlds of Lewis and Narnia on her own. I particularly enjoyed the information from other writers' experiences with Narnia (from childhood through adulthood) to background on Lewis to the various incarnations that the Narnia books have taken over the years. I also really appreciated the introductory essay by Neil Gaiman, which details Gaiman's introduction and subsequent experiences with the series -- experiences which probably reflect many of our own the excerpts of Lewis's replies to children writing him about Narnia and the comprehensive (but neither overly detailed nor exhausting) information about Lewis's background. George Beahm also gives us synopses of the books and provides us with information on the various forms that the Narnia books have taken: television miniseries, audio CDs, multiple reprintings, and the soon-to-be-released Disney film. He shows us photos and descriptions of some of the merchandise and other work done for the Disney movie. He gives us the names and addresses (real and virtual) of items related to Narnia (Turkish delight, anyone?). He even 'settles' the order-of-reading argument by printing Lewis's own words on the subject, something that I particularly enjoyed finding in this guide. As always, Beahm writes in an extremely accessible style: informative yet fun. His vocabulary is simultaneously casual and sophisticated, and so is his syntax. Beahm is the sort of writer who can easily carry on a lively, informative conversation with a group of kids and adults simultaneously without losing the interest of either group. One of the best things about this guide is the lovely artwork. I really enjoy Tim Kirk's line drawings, and I rather think he outdoes himself in this book. I do believe that Kirk's work in this guide is the best so far. There are a few minor issues with this book. One is that it is a bit repetitive. If you read this book from cover to cover, you'll probably be put off by snippets of information that are repeated several times. If you read this book sectionally, in several sittings or as a reference only, you shouldn't be much bothered. Another minor issue is the presence of distracting typos. This guide has more typos than any of Beahm's other guides, and a careful reader will find those distracting regardless of whether they read Passport sectionally or straight through. Since Beahm's books tend to be updated and reprinted, I am sure that these issues will virtually disappear in subsequent printings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2005

    All things Narnian...

    A charming little book! A very informative behind-the-scenes look at The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis. If you plan on rushing to the theater on December 9, 2005 to see 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,' you might want to stop into a bookstore a few days before, so you can read Beahm's 'Passport to Narnia.' If you're unfamiliar with C.S. Lewis's work, 'Passport to Narnia' is a fabulous introduction. Lewis's The Narnian Chronicles is a collection of seven novels, entwining fantasy and Christianity. I'm not a fan of 'fantasy' myself, but I do plan on seeing the movie. One glance at the movie's trailer is enough to get anyone wanting to see it. I'm also an animal lover, so the fact that one of the main characters is a talking lion, I'll be there, sitting in the front row. However, my lack of 'fantasy knowledge' is limited. I have not read any of the Lewis books, which is why I picked up a copy of Passport to Narnia during my last trip to the bookstore. I wanted my own 'preview' of the movie, and 'Passport to Narnia' served me well! I can now walk into the theater feeling confident, knowing exactly what to expect. In 'Passport' you're given a look at Lewis himself, his body of work as a whole - and also broken down, book by book. You'll also learn about the various characters, the making of the movie, and Narnia collectibles. Beahm also lists many [other] great books and websites for further explanations/studies on the subject of all things Narnian. It hasn't influenced my opinion on fantasy... I just don't care for that genre... but 'Passport' is definitely an entertaining look into that world and what it takes to create it. Tim Kirk's illustrations are wonderful, and George Beahm's impeccable 'fact collecting' skills make this book a MUST HAVE for all Narnia fans!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    A Newcomer's Guide to Narnia well worth reading

    I have read only two books in the Narnia series ¿ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, many long years ago, and The Magician¿s Nephew, this past year. So, I picked up Passport to Narnia not as a total newcomer to Narnia, but pretty close. Once I started reading Passport to Narnia, I found it hard to put down. I have friends who are wild about Narnia, so I was interested to find out more so I could understand the appeal. Also, as a huge Lord of the Rings fan, I was curious to know more about the upcoming fantasy movie that¿s going to try to be the 'next Lord of the Rings.' Passport to Narnia contains scattered references to Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and even Star Wars, which helped keep my attention. It¿s probably hard for a long-time fan to imagine what¿s it like to be new to a subject, and I did find that some references and descriptions just didn¿t click for me, since I wasn¿t familiar enough with Narnia to make the connections. If someone is totally new to the Narnia Chronicles, I suggest that person start on page 61, at the chapter 'A Narnian Primer for the Newcomer.' Tim Kirk¿s delightful black and white drawings greatly enhance the text. The picture on pages 76 and 77 of Aslan surrounded by foes is particularly good, but I also enjoyed the little sketches of dragons throughout. The book contains some nice photos of upcoming Weta collectibles as well. Beahm can become repetitive. For example, he notes more than once that Aslan is the only major character to appear in all of the Narnia books, and the fact that there were only three Lord of the Rings movies but there could be seven Narnia movies (or more if 'original' stories are created) is pointed out multiple times as if it is of extra special significance. There¿s a useful list of books and websites related to Lewis and Narnia in the book, containing enough items to be helpful without listing so many as to be overwhelming. If one is just getting drawn into the world of Narnia and wants to learn more, Passport to Narnia ¿ A Newcomer¿s Guide is a good place to start, for adults and children.

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