"'I liked The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,' Matilda said. 'I think Mr CS Lewis is a very good writer. But he has one failing. There are no funny bits in his books.'"
The wardrobe that inspired Narnia, now on show at Wheaton University in Chicago
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe wardrobe that inspired Narnia - Credit: JBColorado

CS Lewis wrote the Chronicles of Narnia in which The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the second book. The book opens with the four children being evacuated from London during World War II. When they discover a secret doorway to Narnia through the back of a wardrobe in a strange old country house, they find themselves in a land of continuous winter. Soon they become embroiled in a war between the fantastical creatures of Narnia. With so much war and metaphorical darkness it is easy to see why Matilda feels there are no 'funny bits' in the books.