New Board Book Edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia publisher HarperCollins has released a new board book edition of C.S. Lewis’s classic story The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. A “gentle re-telling” told in thirty-two sturdy paperboard pages with illustrations by Joey Chou, this new release is meant to be enjoyed by even the youngest of Narnia fans:

Now available for the first time ever as a board book, a whole new generation of readers will fall in love with The Chronicles of Narnia in this abridged retelling of C.S. Lewis’s most beloved classic. With simple text paired with bright illustrations by Joey Chou, this is a must-have board book for a young child’s first library and the perfect baby shower gift for parents to be.


Illustrator Joey Chou’s bios on Twitter and Instagram currently describe him as art director for Netflix, but there is no indication he is involved with Netflix’s upcoming Narnia series and movies.

UPDATE: Check out one Reepicheep775’s review in the Discussion Forum.

How do YOU feel about Narnia storybook adaptations that abridge (or perhaps tweak) the story for younger readers? Post a comment below or in the forum!

8 Responses

  1. Glumpuddle says:

    I like the style. Not far from how I imagined a Cartoon Saloon version of Narnia.

    And Lucy’s blonde hair FTW. 🙂

    Funny that Edmund has reddish hair. BBC influence, I wonder?

  2. Reepicheep775 says:

    Now I’m curious what a “gentle retelling” means… 😛

    The artwork looks cool. I wonder if there will be more.

    • Cleander says:

      Hopefully that means they just toned down the violence a notch without removing the conflict entirely or doing away with the Stone Table scene….
      It looks cool though! Good Christmas gift idea perhaps!

  3. Eustace says:

    I work at a preschool, so, I am going to bring this book to school and it read it to children.

    • Keeper of Lantern Waste says:

      Please let us know how the adaptation is:) I don’t have any reason to buy the book and I wasn’t able to find a sample online, so I’m very curious how “gentle” the retelling will be.

      Edit: ope I didn’t realize another NarniaWebber had put up a review on the forum already:)

  4. Andy Harrelson says:

    Looks interesting, I’m curious to see how it will play out

  5. Christine says:

    I bought this for my one year old nephew; it’s a very simplified version of the story but still cute. Of course the original is by far better!

  6. Hawk the hawkshot sniper says:

    what the heck is that? Is that a rip off of the original the lion the witch and the wardrobe? Honestly I wouldn’t even reading that book not even in my own solo life