We feel the power of Lewis' childhood imagination and of his invented worlds, and we come to understand that his imagination was his salvation in a difficult life—at boarding school, through war, and into adulthood.
I came away from this book feeling as though The Chronicles of Narnia existed within Lewis all his life, bound to one day come alive on the page.
Author-illustrator Lina Maslo enhances her story with charming and emotive drawings. My favorites are the one where Lewis performs theatrics for two young cousins who are sitting in a wardrobe (lots of vibrant purple on this page, and lovely woodwork); the one where Lewis lies awake after his mother’s death, a rich red carpet taking up most of the space, and the carpet design hinting of the lion and witch; and the page in the trenches in WWI, only the writer’s feet, knees, paper and pencil visible.
This bio spans many rich and complex years in the life of the man who brought us one of our most enduring and beloved fantasy stories. Through the Wardrobe is sure to engage young readers, and there's plenty of historical depth here for readers to think about, write about, and research further.