Finding Narnia: The Story of C.S. Lewis and his Brother

Written by Caroline McAlister
llustrated by Jessica Lanan
November 2019
Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Kids

Before C.S. Lewis wrote The Chronicles of Narnia, he was a young boy named Jack who spent his days dreaming up stories of other worlds filled with knights, castles, and talking animals. His brother, Warnie, spent his days imagining worlds filled with trains, boats, and technology. One rainy day, they found a wardrobe in a little room next to the attic, and they wondered, What if the wardrobe had no end?

Years later, Jack began to think about what could be beyond that wardrobe, and about a girl named Lucy and her siblings. This picture book biography introduces the beloved creator of The Chronicles of Narnia to a new generation of children who see hidden magic in the world around them.

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A vivid portrait of inspiration and imagination… Masterfully explains how a classic series came to be while maintaining a sense of mystery and wonder.

★ Kirkus, Starred Review

Lanan’s expressive, soft-focused art is meticulously in step with McAlister’s lyrical narrative, as both move from the often-harsh real world to the mystical realm of Narnia. Concluding notes from author and illustrator provide beguiling background bits—notably about one fortuitously inspiring wooden wardrobe.

—Publishers Weekly

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