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The Giant Surprise: A Narnia Story Hardcover – May 24, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Narnia (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (May 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060083611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060083618
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,738,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Based on characters originally featured in C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, The Giant Surprise is a brand new Narnia adventure story about Marshwiggles, giants, and mice for young children. Lally, a small wigglet, and her Uncle Puddleglum undertake a hair-raising rescue of their mice friends, before they become a giant’s supper. This new picture book—and the others in the series—shares the values of C. S. Lewis’s original work and explores a world of courage, kindness, and companionship.

About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. His major contributions in literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include, The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Four Loves, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity. Visit the C.S. Lewis website at www.cslewis.com.

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Customer Reviews

The illustrations are great.
R Connelly
Nothing Narnia here, nothing C.S. Lewis here, nothing worth buying here.
C.L. Rowekamp
At worst, the story is rather silly and nothing special.
J. Hartley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alsand on December 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Narnia without CS Lewis? A Narnain story without the complex themes Lewis wove in the Chronicles. Rubbish!

One reviewer wrote this:

"I suppose that what would bother Lewis (and what should bother us) is not that the book isn't "Christian," but that it isn't any good. It's flat, predictable, and utterly undistinguished. It is hard to imagine that a story this lifeless would have been published had there been no Narnia hook."

Let this be the last attempt to exploit the Lewis legacy.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Through the Wardrobe on August 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I was surprised to come across this title - although I was aware that the estate of CS Lewis had opened up the possibility of other Narnia tales that utilized characters from the series to spin off other adventures. Here is one of these new adventures! Whimsical illustrations sure to entrance any child combined with an adventure involving large giants with not so large brains will be a hit with some. In my case, I give this title two stars - because it is *NOT* written by CS Lewis. Inspired by, yes, but authored, heavens no. Concerning Hiawyn Oram, of her I've never heard. But people have heard of Narnia. At least this site lists her as the author, unlike Zondervan.

Someone's making money on Lewis's genius.

A similar situation would be if titles started to hit the 4-10 kids market featuring Bilbo Baggins in other kid friendly adventures. Maybe even Choose Your Own Adventure books for the 11-14 year olds taking place in Middle Earth. Just think, the market is ripe for these items! I type sarcastically.

I'm a Narnia purist; this title adds to the Narnia cannon something that, as far as I'm concerned ended with "Further Up and Further In" and "Farewell to the Shadowlands" (see The Last Battle, last 2 chapters).
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C.L. Rowekamp on December 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Nothing Narnia here, nothing C.S. Lewis here, nothing worth buying here.

Beware the onslaught of Narnia "branding". C.S. Lewis would be appalled at this trite, giggly desecration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Roberto on September 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book in the hopes that it was as well written as the author's other book The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. I was disappointed in it as were my grandchildren.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Z. WONG on March 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The story was okay for this book. Nothing special. However, Humphries' artwork is beautiful. His watercolor is amazing. A big fan of his. I recommend this book for art lovers. But if you want a great story, then I wouldn't suggest it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Hartley on January 3, 2007
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
I, too, have to agree with the consensus that the book is nothing special, and only receives attention because it cashes in on the Narnia franchise at a time when Narnia is coming once again to the public's attention. At best, it's cute and the illustrations are pretty. At worst, the story is rather silly and nothing special.

My children are young -- ages 2, 4 and 6 -- and they're big on hearing the stories they love read to them over and over again. They've heard this book once, and have never given it a second glance since.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Taylor on August 29, 2005
Format: Library Binding
I can't believe the Lewis estate authorised this expoitation.

What next: The Bible II?
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