Book Review: Once Upon A Wardrobe by Patti Callahan

Patti Callahan, Once Upon A Wardrobe

Title: Once Upon A Wardrobe
Author: Patti Callahan
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christmas, Fantasy, Christian
Pages: 320 (Hardcover)
Published: October 19th, 2021

My Rating:
Read: 5/30/2022 – 5/31/2022


Having finally finished all of the Narnia series, I’m ready to branch out and explore Narnia and C.S. Lewis-inspired books. Though this one is really a Christmas book, I’ve read it at the end of spring. 

This story was heartwarming and, in keeping with the tone of The Chronicles of Narnia, bittersweet. Megs’ love for her brother George is touching. And in her quest to answer his questions about his favorite book, she discovers something about life herself as well as her own talents for storytelling. Though not set in the world of Narnia, Once Upon A Wardrobe puts into words that wonderment so many people feel when they read and reread the series. How does Narnia compare to the real world? Who is Aslan? Could a place like Narnia be possible? While a part of me does wish I waited for Christmastime to read this, it made for a good comfort read to wrap up a busy month. 


The profound themes of The Chronicles of Narnia are explored here. Though in the book the only book published at the time is The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, we get brief glimpses of what C.S. Lewis’ process might have been. The book also takes a look into his life and journey as a writer. I noticed this author has another (fiction) book about C.S. Lewis, so I am assuming this has been well researched. Admittedly, I don’t know much about his life. I want to learn more now.

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