What if the dog next door starts talking?

I spent the weekend in Narnia. Only one book to go. I swear I dreamed about centaurs and talking hedgehogs last night.

My favorite book of the series was The Horse and His Boy. I liked it better than The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, maybe because it was new to me, or maybe because it had a more limited cast of characters. Plus, who can resist a stuck-up talking horse?

That was my favorite book. My favorite part, however, was this dedication, at the beginning of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

My Dear Lucy,
I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand, a word you say, but I shall still be your affectionate Godfather,
C.S. Lewis

Doesn’t that just make you wish you were Lucy, with the coolest Godfather in the world?

7 thoughts on “What if the dog next door starts talking?

  1. Deryn says:

    Oh yes, The Horse and His Boy was always my favourite too. And The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. Do you remeber that series?

  2. kc says:

    Oh, Tanya. Be careful. I believe I have never been so angry in my adult life as when I finished reading the Narnia series to my kids. I’d only read the Lion/Witch/Wardrobe as a child myself, so I read them the whole series without pre-reading the ending.

    Don’t make the same mistake I did!

    ~kc [lovingly!]

  3. Tanya says:

    Yikes! Okay… I’m reading the final book. To myself. But now I’m scared…

  4. Tanya says:

    And no… never read The Dark is Rising. I’ll have to look for it!

  5. Pam R. says:

    Susan Cooper’s Dark is Rising series was probably the most influential set of books for me of all as a young reader, back around, oh, grade 5-6? Still remember the verse: “When the dark comes rising, six shall turn it back, three from the circle, three from the track…” I also remember having a crush on one of the characters, named Bran. He was dreamy.

  6. Tanya says:

    Okay, now I HAVE to read them. But… Bran? He sounds a little too healthy and good for you to be interesting.

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