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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah; 51999 edition (September 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590525361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590525364
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Undoubtedly, this volume is the most extensive and lavishly illustrated Narnia guide to grace the film's debut." -- CCM, December 2005

"…thorough and engaging book is a great way for parents and children to enjoy Narnia together from a Christian perspective." -- Beliefnet.com, November 2005

About the Author

Heather Kopp is an editor, bestselling author, and a Narnia fan since childhood. Her dozens of books include the God's Little Book of Guarantees series and the bestselling The Dieter's Prayer Book. With her husband she co-authored the best-selling, Powerful Prayers for Your Family (Waterbrook). She enjoys biking, Vanagon camping, and Italian cooking, especially when followed with gelato. Kopp and her writer/editor husband, David, have five adult children and live in Central Oregon .

David Kopp was the founding editor of Christian Parenting Today magazine, wrote Praying the Bible for Your Life, and collaborated with Bruce Wilkinson as his writer on the bestsellers, The Prayer of Jabez, Secrets of the Vine, and other books. David grew up in a missionary family in Africa (where, as a "proper British schoolboy," he sang "God Save the Queen!" every school-day morning).

Martin French grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and studied illustration and design at ArtCenter in Pasadena , California gaining his BFA in 1983. Martin has received many awards of excellence from American Illustration, Communication Arts, Print, and the Society of Illustrators. He has been awarded a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators/ New York and a Bronze Medal from the Society of Illustrators/ Los Angeles . Martin makes his home in central Oregon .

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Southeast AsiaTravel
I would have loved having this book around when I was a kid, and I find it a useful tool as a parent to start discussions with my kids.
Lucie Hawke
This book has the best summary of the Chronicles of Narnia.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Research Fanatic on February 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
First, let me say I do not work for the publisher, nor do I know the authors. But I own almost every Christian book on this topic, as well as Disney/Walden Media's official movie guide and Barnes & Noble's Narnia SparkNotes.

This book has the best summary of the Chronicles of Narnia. It covers all seven books. It has incredible art, the best discussion questions, best glossary, best discussion of biblical parallels. It is fun to read and nearly impossible to put down. Even those who dislike reading will love this full-color book. If you love literature, you will find many pages of well-written analysis to fill your soul.

I've read other books that have discussion questions that only a Rhodes scholar could answer, but "Roar!" has thought-provoking topics that will charm every age.

With more than 400 pages and full color throughout, it is an incredible value. It is the best book-length introduction to Narnia on the market. I'm not sure how Multnomah can afford to sell it for $19.99.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book goes through all seven books in "The Chronicles of Narnia" series book by book, chapter by chapter. It includes discussion topics plus interesting word definitions like "blub" means "cry" and how to talk (try to pronouce it "tooowk") like a proper British schoolboy . There is reading for parents at the end of the book. This book makes for a good unit study without your having to prepare topics beforehand. My older children like it (ages 6, 8, and 9).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Southeast AsiaTravel on October 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
The book contains so much information about the Chronicles of Narnia. Yet, the best part is the book's format. It is not a dull learning tool. Using the book is recreation. Martin French's illustrations are so colorful and full of energy. Look at the book's cover.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lucie Hawke on June 10, 2006
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I would have loved having this book around when I was a kid, and I find it a useful tool as a parent to start discussions with my kids. For family devotions, when I want my kids to settle down and not be distracted, I find FOLLOWING ASLAN by Kenneth McIntosh makes best use of the Narnia-Gospel connections. The simplicity of his book works at bedtime--while Roar! is a great car-ride book, a waiting-for-a-doctor's-appointment book, and a distraction-for-a-kid-who's-bored-with-being sick book. There are just so many things to look at and talk about!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Henry on November 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
We recently purchased the Narnia series and began reading it with our kids. We found this guide to be a useful way to engage our kids in the Narnia series - it makes plain what Lewis was meaning, provides definitions for words and phrases no longer in use and makes a fun and interactive way for our kids to remember key plot developments.

The illustrations are absolutely incredible and because the book covers the entire series, I'm confident it's something we'll use for years to come.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven P. Gordon on June 18, 2006
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This book was really a surprise for me. It covers all seven of the Narnia books chapter by chapter. It also has a lot of other information regarding Narnia, from listings of characters to Biblical allusions. I found some of the scholarly essays to be rather fascinating! (What do you make of all the wine and spirits that flow in a children's book?) We are reading the Narnia series together as a family and stop at each chapter to discuss the questions in "ROAR!" It has provided some great discussions and made me think twice about some of my own answers. My kids reread the books after we complete them together and "ROAR" is always nearby. We may have to buy another soon as our current copy of "ROAR!" is in danger of being read to death!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phip on April 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you are reading the Chronicles of Narnia with your kids,then you will definetly use this book.It offers chapter-by-chapter spreads including a brief chapter summary,word definitions,grown-up thoughts,discussion starters,and info about Narnia and C.S. Lewis besides fun quizes and articles addressing problems parents might have with the Chronicles(magic,violence,etc.)This book will help you and your kids get the most out of Narnia.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By romevi VINE VOICE on September 10, 2008
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Roar! is an excellent guide for families searching for external essays on Lewis' children's masterpieces. I found the sections for the parents and children easy to differentiate, and even found parts of the children's sections enjoyable and entertaining to read (this coming from a 22-year old).
But when it comes to some of the essays, I found that there was really no originality between one essay from the next, as they seemed to reiterate quite a few things. Some of the essays positioned in the earlier pages (i.e., those essays entitled "Dad's Reading Chair") also didn't make any initial sense, until, as I read on in further essays, I was able to slightly understand what the author was intending.

It's a good read for those seeking external help on teaching The Chronicles to their children, and the illustrations are lovely; but, if you fall under any of the other categories not found in family or artist, then I wouldn't recommend this book.
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