• Jessie Wolf

The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis

I’m reading the Chronicles of Narnia in chronological order so this is the third instalment for me. I think it’s an interesting look at politics and country relations but I feel like most of it would go over a child’s head. But then again, Lewis believed that a book should be able to be enjoyed by a child and adult alike so possibly a child would have merely focused on different aspects of the story.

My Recommendation

You don’t really need to have read any of the other books in the series in order to understand this one. It features a little bit of background information from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe but I feel like that story is well-known enough that you wouldn’t have too much trouble following the slight hints to it.

Not For Everyone

I’m not 100% sure why this is such a children’s classic. I found it slightly boring, with more focus on the politics of the nations than anything else. And I’m reading this as an adult, goodness knows what a child finds in it.

To The Author

I do like the style of narration, giving an almost reverence to the reader and suggesting that the reader is in on the jokes.

If You’ve Never Read The Book And Want To Say You Have

Talking horses, war, long lost children.

Academic Prompts

Reading styles of children and adults.

Whether a child protagonist makes the book a children’s book.

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