Continuing on in the Chronicles of Narnia series, we finished The Voyage of the Dawn Treader tonight. When I asked the kids what they thought I should say about it on my blog, Darcy said, "It's amazing!" and Wesley said, "It felt like it went on forever!" When I asked him what he meant by that, he said that they had so many amazing adventures in this book, that it seemed like it went on forever, but in the best way. He loved every minute of it.
I found this one difficult to read aloud, because of some of the nautical terms that I'm not familiar with (we had a lot of giggling every time the book made reference to the "poop" of the ship), but it's a great story.
Lucy and Edmund Pevensie are sent to spend the summer at the house of their nasty cousin Eustace. One afternoon a painting of a sailing ship comes to life, filling the room with water, taking Lucy, Edmund and Eustace to Narnia. There they encounter their friend King Caspian, who is on a journey to find seven missing Lords who were loyal to Caspian's father. Along the way they encounter some strange lands, some strange people, and lots of magic. Eustace spends some time as a dragon and it goes a long way to improving his personality.
We made the mistake of watching the movie before reading the book. The movie changed the story in a lot of ways, but because the kids saw the movie first, they thought that was the right way to tell the story. It took a bit of convincing on my part to get them to believe that the book is actually the way the story is meant to be told.
Wesley says that this is his favourite book in the series so far (Darcy's is A Horse and His Boy). That's not really surprising giving the pirate-like feel of a story told on a ship, with countless adventures to be had. All in all, a really fun book that we had a lot of fun reading.