The Magician's Nephew

Paperback | January 2, 2008

byC. S. LewisIllustratorPauline Baynes

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A beautiful paperback edition of The Magician's Nephew, book three in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, featuring cover art by three time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator, David Wiesner, and black-and-white illustrations by the series' original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.

On a daring quest to save a life, two friends are hurled into another world, where an evil sorceress seeks to enslave them. But then the lion Aslan's song weaves itself into the fabric of a new land, a land that will be known as Narnia. And in Narnia, all things are possible.

Witness the creation of a magical land in The Magician's Nephew, the first title in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has captivated readers of all ages for over sixty years. This is a stand-alone novel, but if you want to journey back to Narnia, read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the second book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

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Get set for the adventure of a lifetime in a faraway land. Narnia is a place where the woods are thick and cool and Talking Beasts are called to life. Get ready to enter this enchanted world again in C.S Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew -- a world where adventure is waiting behind every corner and danger is common...

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A beautiful paperback edition of The Magician's Nephew, book three in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, featuring cover art by three time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator, David Wiesner, and black-and-white illustrations by the series' original illustrator, Pauline Baynes. On a daring quest to save a life, two fr...

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Narnia ... where the woods are thick and cool, where Talking Beasts are called to life ... a new world where the adventure begins. Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to ... somewhere else. ...

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge Universi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.47 inPublished:January 2, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064405052

ISBN - 13:9780064405058

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from a classic where it all began :)
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it #plumrewards. Great adventure book with lovable characters, good for all ages.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great start to the series I can't wait to read the rest of the series
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Magician's Nephew I love this book. The characters are fantastic, there are some wonderful scenes and the creation of Narnia is breathtaking.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly funny Although this book is dominated by two dark characters, the magician Uncle Andrew and Queen Jadis, it has a surprising amount of comedy in it. The scenes with the wicked Queen in London are laugh-out-loud hilarious. The book is an altogether wonderful story which not only explains the origins of the White Witch, but of the whole land of Narnia as well.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Starting Point The Magician's Nephew is a great beginning to the Narnia series. Good for readers of all ages.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Narnia In narnia polly i think travled to where asman the great lion was. The uncle must of now that would happen to polly and that the uncle dosnt want his nephew nere polly. I think the title means that the magician is the uncle and the noy is the nephew of the magican
Date published: 2015-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Um it needs more work Plz make it better i didnt really like it but i would of gave it a 5 if muck more detail :(
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely book Brings back my childhood.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Amazing book! I know which series I'm gonna be reading, not just harry potter but Narnia
Date published: 2013-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still a gem after all these years! I read this book aloud to my children. It is a re-read for me, but I was only nine years old when I first read it. I never did finish the entire Chronicles of Narnia, so now I am reading the series with my children. I am tickled pink to report that the book still hasn't lost its magic some 30+ years later! Although I have only read the first two books in the series, it was The Magician's Nephew that was my favourite rather than the more popular second in the series, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The book is about a boy named Digory, whose uncle is somewhat of a magician. He creates these rings (one yellow and one green) that, when touched, will transport someone to an in-between world that is tranquil and calm but filled with numerous pools all leading to different worlds! Uncle Andrew tricks Digory's friend, Polly, into touching one of the rings, and she is whisked away before Digory's eyes. The only problem is that Polly does not possess the green or "home" ring to bring her back. And therein lies the rub. Digory has no choice but to follow Polly into the great unknown with two green rings so that they can both return home. It turns out that the rings do not quite work in the way that Uncle Andrew believed that they did, but I will let you discover how they work on your own! Narnia fans debate on how to read the series: One is in the order of publication, and the other is chronologically. The Magician's Nephew was actually the sixth book in the series to be published, and it was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe that was published first. In my opinion, by not reading The Magician's Nephew first, you will miss out on pertinent information, such as: How Narnia was created, the significance of the light post in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the identity of the Professor and the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and how the wardrobe was made. Lewis himself expressed a preference for the chronological order and wrote to an American boy named Laurence in 1957 the following: "I think I agree with your order {i.e. chronological} for reading the books more than with your mother's. The series was not planned beforehand as she thinks. When I wrote The Lion I did not know I was going to write any more. Then I wrote P. Caspian as a sequel and still didn't think there would be any more, and when I had done The Voyage I felt quite sure it would be the last. But I found as I was wrong. So perhaps it does not matter very much in which order anyone read them. I'm not even sure that all the others were written in the same order in which they were published." Re-reading this book as an adult, I now see the Biblical parallels in The Magician's Nephew that I never noticed as a child. It is certainly a book that is meant to be read again and again, and it does not lose its lustre! I love the book even more now as an adult than I did as a child, if that is even possible!! My children loved the book as well and cannot believe that they are reading Mommy's original box set from 1980. MY RATING: 5 stars!! Highly recommended for young and old alike! If you haven't read the series since you were a child, you should read it again! You will discover new things that you didn't notice previously.
Date published: 2012-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from How it all started I read this novel for class a couple of years ago when the first Narnia movie came out and I wanted to read the entire Chronicles of Narnia, which I did. Now I had to read it for class and basically pull it apart and look for all the deep meaning behind it. The meaning behind it is pretty obvious its and representation of the creation of the world from the catholic/Christian perspective. Aslan=God, Diggory and Polly as well as Frank and Helen = Adam and Eve, and Jadis=Lucifer/Satan. Also it’s a great children’s book. The Imagination C.S Lewis must have had to create The Chronicles of Narnia must have been limitless to literally create other worlds and create a dimensional traveling machine without it really being a machine. For such a short novel it carries a lot of adventure. Good: The creation of Narnia Diggory’s random funny comments if you catch them may actually make you laugh out loud. Bad: The comic relief that the animals brought or others brought seemed of no importance and I kind of wanted to skip over it. I questions how to kids could just sit there and eat lunch when the witch was out and about, otherwise there wasn’t anything else that I disliked about the book. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall the story was a great one and I am happy that I found out the creation of Narnia. Also taking into consideration the fact that the book was originally written in 1955 and set in the early 1900s the story was not hard to follow, the morals were still fit for our time, and it was still a good story to read even some 50 years later.
Date published: 2012-02-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a good "start" to the series ***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*** I’m really not sure what I thought about this book. I started reading them in chronological order because that’s how I bought them, but I found that the writing wasn’t the best for this book, The Magician’s Nephew, and I thought it was kind of haphazardly put together to explain how everything starts in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I wasn’t a huge fan of this one. I did kind of like the similarities with the creation of man and how Narnia was started – the whole son of Adam and daughter of Eve thing. It was interesting how when Peter went to get the apples on a quest for Aslan that he couldn’t eat them – kind of like he would bring in evil if he did. I know I’m doing a horrible job of explaining this, but I just wasn’t a fan of this book even if it did explain the creation of Narnia. I think there was a lot of “stuff” put in the book that just didn’t have to be there – I also didn’t like how Lewis had said at one point that some of the characters would appear in other books – did that really have to be there? I guess I kind of expected that since this book was written well after he started writing the series that it would be well written. Unfortunately, Lewis chose to write this more for children than the children/adult genre.
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This Series Better Get Better! This was a quick little read that started out really good, and finished kind of blah. I would say the first 50 pages (the edition I read was only about 100) would qualify as a page turner, but after that it just wasn't that exciting. The writing was done well so that although it was written for children adults could certainly enjoy it. I'm glad I read it, seems like it will be a good prelude to Lion... but I wouldn't recommend it or re-read it. To me it seems that it may be just a little nuisance you need to read to get to the better books, but that remains to be seen as I haven't read Lion, witch, wardrobe yet.
Date published: 2010-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Magicians Nephew In the start of this novel i thought it was great, but as it moved on it didnt qualify as a great book. Although I liked this book I didn't think it was great. On the other hand. I think this book is not very exciting because it may be explaining the other six novels.
Date published: 2008-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever!! This book brought back my inner child! My mother would always read fantasy books to me when I was little and reading this book really brought back the good memories.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Full of surprises!!!!!!!!! This book is really good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Before you read the Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe you should really read this book it's full of surprises!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2006-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I loved the idea of this book! The kids are cute ~ A very cute and heart lightening book even for adults Wonder what'd happen next. I'm gonna keep reading this whole Narnia Chronicles!!
Date published: 2005-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the magicians NEPH....... The magician's nephew was a very exciting and epic tale of a boy named Digory and his friend Polly. They find a way to go through worlds by using magic rings. The first time they went there it was a trick that Digory's uncle played on them (the creator of the rings). They get in a lot of trouble by bringing a witch into their world and than they have to get her out but when they do they end up in another unknown world. Will they ever get her back to her world? Read the book to find out. There are 7 chronicles for Narnia and this is the first book of the seven.I will give it a 5 out 5 stars rating because it really does entice you into the Narnia adventure and I think anyone will like it.All in All I loved it!!!!!!
Date published: 2002-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC This was a great book for all ages and I don't like to read that much but I was addicted to this book. A great read.
Date published: 2001-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Back to the Classics This is the first of seven books by C.S Lewis, and his only works for children. I didn't read it as a child and of course, for it's time it was fantastic. That's why I think my expectations were quite high. While not totally disappointed, I think that had this book been written now, it would not receive the fame it has. It is quite good, very descriptive and and easy read. Allows you to escape and remember how imaginative and adventurous we were as children. Great book for kids. Something you can read together each night before bed. Opens up a whole lot of "what ifs" for convesation pieces with your kids. And, of course, it's a classic. When they reach high school or university, they'll be one of the only few who've actually read a book these days. Not to mention, a well renowned one!
Date published: 2001-04-20

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Get set for the adventure of a lifetime in a faraway land. Narnia is a place where the woods are thick and cool and Talking Beasts are called to life. Get ready to enter this enchanted world again in C.S Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew -- a world where adventure is waiting behind every corner and danger is commonplace!