Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in a house in the country while the war lasts. The four children find themselves in a huge house with complete freedom and decide to explore. On a rainy day, they stumble upon a room with a huge wardrobe in it. Uninterested, Peter, Susan and Edmund leave, but Lucy decides to take a look inside the wardrobe. What she finds there leaves her amazed: a whole other world called Narnia.
She excitedly tells her siblings about Narnia. No one believes her, until one day they all step inside the wardrobe and find themselves in the woods of Narnia. According to a prophecy, the fate of Narnia lies with them and they must free it from the rule of the White Queen, an evil sorceress who has put a spell of eternal winter on Narnia. The children are led to Aslan, the true King of Narnia, a lion whom even the White Queen cannot withstand, and prepare for battle.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a nice, light read and I went through the 200 large print pages pretty quickly. This is my first venture into fantasy and I enjoyed the depiction of another world and its talking creatures. Lewis also managed to show the personalities of the four siblings in this short novel rather well (especially Lucy and Edmund). This is the type of book that I would enjoy reading out loud with children on a rainy day.