How did a middle-aged professor with no children write books that have become beloved classics of children's literature? What is the best order for reading the Chronicles of Narnia? Are they true allegories, or are they really fairy tales? C.S. Lewis scholar Peter Schakel answers these questions and many more in this practical companion to the enduring series, offering valuable guidance for first-time visitors to Narnia and fresh insights for those who have traveled there often. After walking readers through each of the books, he concludes the tour with a unique section of annotations that clarify unfamiliar words and unusual passages.
"In his clear book-by-book analysis of the Narnia Chronicles, Peter Schakel ... offers more than 40 pages of immensely helpful annotations that illuminate obscure terms and historical allusions; this added blessing is itself worth the price of the book."—Ralph C. Wood