* This suggestion is part of our Sweater Weather Reads series. On Twitter @BSPLibrary #sweaterweatherreads, we’ll be posting cool suggestions to snuggle up with all winter long. Got a frosty favorite? We’d love to hear from you. *
It is winter, although you wouldn’t know it by the weather here in Florida. I am not a native Floridian, so 70 degrees is shorts weather, not sweater weather. For many of you, however, sweater weather is here and that is what we are highlighting at the library – #sweaterweatherreads. These books can make you feel the chill through setting, suspense, or both. This review is on one of my favorite books of all time and it is certainly set in the cold.
The land of Narnia is held in perpetual winter, but never Christmas, by the icy grip of the White Witch. Four British siblings, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are transported to this frigid realm through a magical wardrobe. It turns out that they have been tapped by Aslan to be the heroes who will rescue Narnia and her people. Aslan is an all-powerful lion who is the son of the Emperor-over-the-Sea. He is the creator and one true King of Narnia, although he does not reside there. So when Aslan tasks them with defeating the White Witch, they accept the challenge even though they doubt that four kids can win.
The story is a classic battle of good versus evil. Narnia is a land of magic, peopled by talking animals, dwarves, fauns, centaurs, giants, and witches. Many people are now familiar with the first book of the Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, due to the popularity of the 2005 movie. I, of course, think the book is better, although they did a pretty good job on the movie. It is considered a children’s book, but is entertaining for adults, too. I strongly encourage you to read this book. You will enjoy it even if you do not have to break out your sweater.