I think of this book as the cheater’s guide to Narnia. If you haven’t read the books or need to quickly get up to speed with the tales, this is a good way to do it. Speaking as a parent, I did not have the time to read everything series my daughter found interesting; this book would have come in handy to give me a rough idea of what the series was about so I could ask intelligent questions. Even if you are well read in C.S. Lewis’s work there is plenty of background information about the author that will enhance your reading experience.
This book is good for all ages from middle school on up and especially for adults unacquainted with the Chronicles of Narnia. Somehow I missed out on reading the Narnia Chronicles so this book helped to fill in some of the gaps in my knowledge. George Beahm has also written guides to the Harry Potter books and Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
Passport to Narnia : A Newcomer’s Guide by George Beahm. Hampton Roads, Charlottesville, VA 2005, 197pp.