I read the Chronicles of Narnia as a child. My best friend liked the series so much he stole the books from the school library (which I always found kind of ironic). I enjoyed them, but preferred J. R. R. Tolkien to Lewis. It wasn't until I was an adult that I discovered C. S. Lewis' non-fiction work. The Narnia books are a great read. My only reservation is my shared disdain of allegory with Tolkien who wrote:
I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence.But the books are good reads for children and adults. Here's hoping the movie does justice to them.