I may be cheating by covering a whole series instead of just one of the novels, but how does one choose a single favourite among such an incredible set of books?
Supposedly written for children, The Narnia Chronicles fill me with as much joy and wonder now as they ever did. They are stories that never, ever get old.
I collected a mismatched set of the books over several years as a child, and then as a teenager I indulged my slightly OCD book-neediness and bought a boxed set with matching covers. I can’t find any of the first lot, and only one of the boxed set remains on my shelf. I’ve lost a few in different classrooms over the years and others courtesy of unreturned loans, so several years ago I bought the complete set in one volume so I could read them all again.
While each book in the series is a unique and brilliant story in its own right, as a collection they are remarkably cohesive and unified.
The Narnia Chronicles really are the works of a master storyteller.