The secret passage to the house next door leads to a fascinating adventure.
Rich, heavy pages, a gold-embossed cover, and Pauline Baynes's original illustrations (hand-colored by the illustrator herself 40 years later) make this special edition of a classic a bona fide treasure. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The tale leaps to a strong start, telling of Digory and Polly's escapades in exploring the attic of the rowhouse in which they live, and how they stumble into the secret study of Digory's Uncle Andrew. Andrew is not a Good Uncle, he is a Bad Uncle, and he tricks the children into teleporting to another world as part of his experiments with ancient magic. In doing so, Digory and Polly find themselves exploring other, fantastic worlds.
All of this is, of course, simply the setup for what happens later and serves to lead the children to Narnia. It is also the most effective part of the book.
During their adventures, the pair wake an ancient and evil queen who is out to conquer any world she comes to. A merry bit of failed escaping between worlds ensues as the children try to flee the power-hungry queen.
The pacing of the book up to here is very good, moving at a fairly brisk speed and keeping the reader interested by adding ever-mounting troubles and discoveries. Classic fairy tale stuff done exceptionally well. "Nephew" also boasts some of the most effective evil characters in the entire series, with both the queen and Uncle Andrew coming across as fearsome, nasty antagonists. All in all, through the first half of the book one finds themselves in the midst of a fantastic children's adventure.
Then it grinds to a halt.Read more ›
The main characters names are Digory and Polly. Read more