Through the Wardrobe: How C.S. Lewis Created Narnia

Lina Maslo. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-06-279856-5
In this picture book biography, Maslo crafts a portrait of how Clive Staples “Jack” Lewis’s upbringing and experiences influenced the creation of Narnia, relaying how tragedies in his life made him yearn for a better world. As Jack progresses from an imaginative child into a disillusioned adolescent, bullied in boarding school and wounded in WWI before finally becoming a faith-filled author and professor, Maslo conveys his journey in an accessibly lyrical style (“But when Jack was nine, his mother became sick and died. And his wonder-filled world began to crumble”). Stippled, crosshatched, and otherwise detailed illustrations done in dip pen, India inks, and acrylics on watercolor paper provide a lushly colored look into Lewis’s world, complementing the peaks and valleys of his creative and personal endeavors. Additional facts, trivia about Lewis’s inspirations, and a bibliography flesh out the back matter. A heartening story, and a rich supplemental read for young Narnia fans. Ages 4–8. (May)
Reviewed on : 04/02/2020
Release date: 05/01/2020
Genre: Children's
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