I read this entire series when I was a child and since then read this book an The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe at the time that TLTWTW came out at the cinemas. The picture on this is the same as the one on my copy but it is a different edition. I still have the copy that I was given as a child, in fact it has my name written on the inside cover in very childish writing in pencil and also in slightly more mature writing in pen!
I never realised that there was any controversy over the order of the books. I do remember that when I read the books the first time it was a bit of a lightbulb moment when I realised that that was the start of Narnia and that the book actually had anything to do with TLTWTW. (I may have been a bit dim lol)
I really enjoy these books so much, since even though some scary and reasonably thought provoking stuff happens they are still so innocent and easily read. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series since their are a few that I dont really remember much.
As far as this book goes, I think it is a really good introduction to the series. I love the relationship between Polly and Diggory they are like two old souls in childrens bodies. Even though he is not really a hero I like Uncle Andrew. It always seems to me like he is trying to be the big, clever, powerful magician but is actually quite happy that he isn't. But when it does work it really shocks him. This is the first time that I have picked out that he is actually a bit of an alchoholic, I never really noticed it much in my previous reads.
What was also much more obvious to me this time was the strong similarities to Christianity in the book, the whole Good vs evil thing. It may also be though that I am more aware now of what a devout Christian C.S Lewis was.
Favourite scenes: There are many!
Polly and Diggory meeting each other
their first meeting in the wood between the worlds
the charn scenes especially once Jadis comes on the scene
the scenes where we see the aftermath of Jadis roaming about London
the scenes with Uncle Andrew and the animals. I love the idea of him being planted and watered
Not really a scene, but I also picked up a lot more of the humour in this book than I have the last times and I just loved how he kept talking about the housemaid's good day with all the comings and goings.
My original plan with this book was to spread it out over the entire two weeks, however I forgot that 14 chapters in 2 weeks was 1 chapter per day not 2, as a result I read it much quicker, so have been desperate to start the next one, which I will do tonight. (I know that there is no law to say I cant read it before the correct dates, but want to stay with the program!)