"Narnia fans of all ages will enjoy this introduction and companion to the magical world created by C.S. Lewis. Sibley introduces Lewis, describes how he came to write [The Chronicles], imparts interesting insights about [their] deeper meaning, and summarizes each of the seven stories and their characters. Marvelously illustrated with maps, drawings and colorplates by [the illustrator] for the original Narnia books." BL.
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Brian Sibley has serialized and broadcast numerous radio and TV programs for the BBC, including: J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, C. S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, and Gormenghast, for which he won a coveted Sony Radio Award. Sibley's film books include the best-selling The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy and Peter Jackson: A Film-Maker's Journey, as well as The Disney Studio Story, Mickey Mouse: His Life and Times, and The Land of Narnia. He lives in London, England.
David Heyman is Executive Producer for the Harry Potter films.
Grade 5 Up-- This handsome illustrated volume, a mixture of biography, plot summary, and explication of C. S. Lewis' well-loved Narnia series, should interest both children and adults. In addition to family photos and drawings from the books, the artwork includes full-page illustrations in glowing color. Sibley begins with the author's childhood, showing how it influenced his later writing. The next third of the book is a summary of the plots of all the Narnia stories. A discussion of the geography and natural history of the land is followed by "Creatures of Narnia," describing their origins in myth and legend. "The Hidden Story" talks about symbolism; the concluding chapter deals with the final years of Lewis's life. The book is a pleasure both to look at and to read, but its contents seem overextended, and retelling the plots is an odd way to encourage children to read the series. Much more enticing to young readers are the details Sibley includes from Lewis's life. --Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library
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