I’ve read these books over and over again since re-discovering them in adulthood. They may have been written for children, and by a religious man, none of which I am, but I enjoy them nonetheless, and generally all in order. I picked it up this time because I left my Kindle at the office, and needed something smallish for bedtime reading.
This book is the “prequel” to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; sort of. It tells of Digory and his friend Polly, and his nasty uncle who thinks he’s a magician. Digory’s stuck in London because his dad’s in India and his mom is dying. He’s sad and lonely. He and Polly start exploring the row houses, and end up in weird uncle’s special room where he does magic. He has these rings, which seem to make things disappear. Jerky uncle fools Polly into touching a ring that makes her disappear, and forces Digory to do the same (because he doesn’t want to abandon his friend).
When they’re away, Digory does something stupid and impulsive, and awakens a nasty (if beautiful) witch. She hitches a ride back to London with the kids, and wreaks havoc all over the place. The kids figure out they have to get her out of there, and try to bring her back to her own world. This time bad uncle, a cab driver, and a horse come along. They end up in a dark and empty place, and to help them feel better, the cabbie sings a song. When he stops, something else is singing, and the world comes to life. The singer is Aslan, and the world becomes Narnia. There’s quite a bit more, but the important thing is that Digory brings back an apple from Narnia, saves his mom, and plants the apple core in his yard. It grows into a tree, and the wood from the tree was used to make a wardrobe. Hmmm. I wonder who Digory grows up to be?
Anyway, like I said, this book is a total standby for me, and I’m looking forward to the time that my boy is old enough to sit through me reading it to him.