The Magician's Nephew

The Magician's Nephew

Book - 1994 | 1st HarperCollins ed
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When Digory and Polly try to return the wicked witch Jadis to her own world, the magic gets mixed up and they all land in Narnia where they witness Aslan blessing the animals with human speech.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 1994
Edition: 1st HarperCollins ed
ISBN: 9780060234973
0060234970
9780060234980
0060234989
9780064471107
0064471101
9780064405058
0064405052
Branch Call Number: j
Characteristics: 202 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Baynes, Pauline - Illustrator

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PPL_CityOfReaders Jul 31, 2017

First book in the "Chronicles of Narnia." (Or the sixth, depending who you ask.)


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Crystal_37
Sep 06, 2017

A well written book that makes me want to have the same experience.

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angelflyer
Aug 21, 2017

This is an excellent article which seems to summarize Lewis' true meaning of the series:
http://www.crisismagazine.com/2017/c-s-lewiss-magicians-nephew

Mark_Daly Aug 15, 2017

I'm irked that the publisher calls this the first book in the Narnia series, since it originally was published later than the others. Upon re-reading it I can see it could work as a gentle, fairy-tale-like introduction to the series. But the other books still have more to offer.

JCLDebbieL Mar 14, 2017

Discover how the world of Narnia came into existence. Although this is the sixth book in the Chronicles of Narnia series, the events that take place within the book occur before the children discovered the wardrobe in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The origin of the lamppost, the way the witch entered into Narnia and the reason the wardrobe is the entrance into Narnia are all revealed in the Magician's Nephew. Adults and children alike will enjoy this classic.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 09, 2017

I'm not really sure how this whole series works, but I know that this is the very first book. Or prologue. Or something. I felt that even though C.S Lewis' writing techniques and flow didn't really fit me at parts, it was still highly enjoyable. Polly was a very relatable character, and at times I could visualize her really well. The whole entire spin on what happened "before/at the start of Narnia" is truly an interesting adventure, involving the differences between green and yellow, left and right, good and evil, and such. This bridge into The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is pretty great, if you ask me. 4/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Once upon a time, there was a boy named Digory whose uncle was a magician. He created these rings which were made out of magic and that led to several other worlds. Digory’s neighbor was a girl named Polly and they went to Digory’s house to hang out. They soon discovered Digory’s uncle’s magical rings and were told to put them on by Digory’s uncle. When Polly put the yellow ring on, she vanished into thin air. Digory thought she was in danger and went to save her. Before he put on the yellow ring, his uncle told him to put a green ring in his right pocket without telling him the reason why. He carefully slid it in his pocket, and then put on his yellow ring. Digory appeared in a quiet forest where he found Polly. There were pools there which lead to other worlds and they jumped into one. When they entered it, they found themselves in a desolated area. They went into some building and found an enchantment on a stone tablet there with a hammer. Digory smashed the hammer onto the stone tablet and a witch was summoned. At that moment, they were in trouble.
- @redninam of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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akzfineart
Feb 12, 2017

An old-time classic, The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis is my favourite of the Narnia series. Polly meets Digory, the nephew of her next door neighbour, and while Polly has always considered Digory’s uncle odd, she never expected to be sent to the Wood between Worlds. It’s there that Digory and Polly discover other worlds, like the one that holds a powerful sorceress and the recently born Narnia.

I found Digory’s uncle Andrew to be a very interesting character. He creates these rings from dust said to come from Atlantis; the dust inherited from a woman he met several years ago. I love exploring alternate worlds, so this Wood between Worlds was a compelling element to read about. The book carries the same sort of charm as the rest of the series, but also works as a standalone, so you can read it without feeling the pressure of investing in six other books.

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mchelli
Dec 10, 2016

Once upon a time, there was a boy named Digory whose uncle was a magician. He created these rings which were made out of magic and that led to several other worlds. Digory’s neighbor was a girl named Polly and they went to Digory’s house to hang out. They soon discovered Digory’s uncle’s magical rings and were told to put them on by Digory’s uncle. When Polly put the yellow ring on, she vanished into thin air. Digory thought she was in danger and went to save her. Before he put on the yellow ring, his uncle told him to put a green ring in his right pocket without telling him the reason why. He carefully slid it in his pocket, and then put on his yellow ring. Digory appeared in a quiet forest where he found Polly. There were pools there which lead to other worlds and they jumped into one. When they entered it, they found themselves in a desolated area. They went into some building and found an enchantment on a stone tablet there with a hammer. Digory smashed the hammer onto the stone tablet and a witch was summoned. At that moment, they were in trouble.

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karatemaster
Nov 09, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is one of my favourites in my Narnia book collection. It is funny, with memorable characters and tells us the beginning of a world we love. The villain is very well-written and done, with more (I believe) intrigue than in the second book of this series. I love this book and highly recommend it.

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Sreeja2005
Jun 27, 2015

"The Magician's Nephew" is a fantasy novel. It all started in the attic and the two children traveled to different worlds, where good wins over the evil. The author C.S. Lewis relates to love and guardianship through out the story. It is a good read for 9 years and above.

MedinaReads Jun 18, 2015

"What is the cure for a boring summer? Exploring! That's what two friends, Digory and Polly, believe about their own rainy, England summer. They get more excitement than they bargained for when the two children run into Digory's sly Uncle Andrew. He tricks Polly into touching a magic ring, transporting her to another world. Digory must go there in order to bring her back to England. Once reunited, however, the children don't go home just yet. They again set out exploring, this time in the "other place." Throughout the children's travels they meet some quirky taking animals, encounter the great lion, Aslan and set an evil enchantresses free in their own London neighborhood! As the prequel to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the Magician's Nephew details the creation of the land of Narnia and the origin of key features from other Narnia books such as the White Witch, the wardrobe and lamppost. With its adventure, humor, and imagination, this charming tale is sure to delight readers of all ages." Recommended by S.W., Seville Library, MCDL

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if you were any braver you would be a lioness

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“You have a traitor there, Aslan," said the Witch. Of course everyone present knew that she meant Edmund. But Edmund had got past thinking about himself after all he'd been through and after the talk he'd had that morning. He just went on looking at Aslan. It didn't seem to matter what the Witch said.”

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“all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no one is too poor to buy.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“When the police arrived and found no lion, no broken wall, and no convicts, and the Head behaving like a lunatic, there was an inquiry into the whole thing. And in the inquiry all sorts of things about Experiment House came out, and about ten people got expelled. After that, the Head's friends saw that the Head was no use as a Head, so they got her made an Inspector to interfere with other Heads. And when they found she wasn't much good even at that, they got her into Parliament where she lived happily ever after.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“But very quickly they all became grave again: for, as you know, there is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“To the glistening eastern sea, I give you Queen Lucy the Valiant. To the great western woods, King Edmund the Just. To the radiant southern sun, Queen Susan the Gentle. And to the clear northern skies, I give you King Peter the Magnificent. Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia. May your wisdom grace us until the stars rain down from the heavens.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“But courage, child: we are all between the paws of the true Aslan.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now...Come further up, come further in!”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“Things never happen the same way twice.”

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izzykbrown
Jun 07, 2013

Polly and Digory become friend and Digory's uncle who sends them to a forest with many pools with magical rings. The jump into a pool and Digory rings a bell and wakes up an old Queen. The Queen accidentally comes home with them when they put on a different ring. The Queen goes around London with Digory's uncle and creates craziness. Then they all ,including a horse and caddy, try to take the Queen home. They end up in a place that is all dark. They hear a lion singing and witness the creation of Narnia. Some animals are chosen to talk and the horse is one of them. Digory goes to talk to the lion about saving his mother and is sent on a quest for a silver apple with Polly and the now talking winged horse. Meanwhile, Digory's uncle is captured by the animals and chooses to hear barking and growling instead of talking. The Queen is in the garden where the silver apple is and she is eating one. Digory is tempted but does not eat it and brings it back to the lion. The apple is planted, Digory's uncle sleeps, the King and Queen (the caddy and his wife) are crowned, and Digory takes an apple from the new tree to save his mom. Digory plants the apple core in London, and when it is knocked down by a big storm it is created into a wardrobe which is placed in a large house where Digory now lives since his family became rich when a rich relative dies. And that is where the magic begins!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

The Magician's Nephew brings the reader back to the origins of Narnia where we learn how Aslan created the world and how evil first entered it. Digory Kirke and his friend Polly Plummer stumble into different worlds by experimenting with magic rings made by Digory's uncle. They encounter Jadis (The White Witch) in the dying world of Charn, and witness the creation of Narnia. Many long-standing questions about the world are answered as a result.

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