|Plot Summary of The Magician's Nephew - Chronicles of Narnia 1|
|"Part of the Narnia series, 'The Magician's Nephew' is the story of the beginning of Narnia, how it came to be created, and how the door between this world and that came into being. We meet the creator, Aslan the great Lion, and learn how the wicked White Witch enters the world of Narnia, to emerge centuries later to enslave the land in perpetual winter. 'The Magician's Nephew' is best read at any point in the series before 'The Last Battle', and after 'The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe'."
Michael JR Jose, Resident Scholar
|"Digory and Polly are exploring Digory's Uncle Andrew's attic when they come across Uncle Andrew's secret laboratory. Andrew tricks Polly into putting on a ring that transports her to a magical meeting place of dimensions. Digory follows vowing to find Polly and bring her back. They decide to explore some of the other worlds by jumping into the pools that act as portals. Unfortunately they jump into one that sees them awaken an evil Queen. They must stop her causing havoc and eventually all the dimension travellers end up in Narnia to witness the creation of the wold by Aslan's (a giant lion) song."
Neil Morey, Resident Scholar
|"A boy's uncle finds rings that allow him to move to other worlds. He, and a girl who is his friend, go to another world and find an evil dictator with magical powers. They attempt to escape the world, but they cannot get away from her. They go to another world, which they thought was hers, where they meet an important character, Aslan. Aslan is a very important character, the only one who is actually present throughout the entire series of books. He is a lion who has magical powers. They arrive as he is creating his own world, called Narnia, magically creating inhabitants and landforms by singing them into existence. They go through several necessary steps, such as crowning a king and queen, and filling the kingdom with subjects. The boy, named Digory, has a final task, as a punishment/disciplinary action for bringing the witch to that world. He must retrieve an apple from a special tree and bring it to the main dwelling place of the inhabitants. "
reepicheep, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Magician's Nephew - Chronicles of Narnia 1|
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Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 30%
Tone of book
- sensitive (sigh....)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- part earth & part fantasy world
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- a kid
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- magical being
- long-lived adults
Has magical powers?
Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:
- can talk to animals
- super strength
- can cast all sorts of spells
- is very quick
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- an average amount
How sensitive is this character?
- mean, arrogant
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- 19th century
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a primitive/fantasy society
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside solar system?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog