At the time of its
Dawn Treader was reviewed
by several prominent publications—Booklist,
The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Herald Tribune, and Horn Book. These reviews were generally brief but
favorable, often noting that it
held up well in comparison to the first two Narnia books. Here are a
Louise Bechtel, in The
Herald Tribune Book Review:
“It is a complicated, different sort of fairy tale, exciting and
beautiful. It can be read independently of the other Narnia books.
Those who like one are apt to read all. They are finding an audience
among both boys and girls, and in read-aloud families who have
graduated from shorter fairy tales, and even among those who do not
generally like fairy tales. … The strange symbolism will not often be
understood, but it is well worth that place at the back of a child’s
mind where it will linger until suddenly it is clear.”
Chad Walsh, in New
Book Review: “… better
than its immediate predecessor [Prince Caspian], though perhaps not up to the very high
level of ‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.’ … As in many other of
Mr. Lewis’ books, one finds a strong poetic sense and awareness of the
loveliness and mystery of a universe which cannot be wholly grasped by
common sense. And the noble lion, Aslan, appears and reappears as the
friend and savior of fairyland’s voyagers.”
J. D. L., in The
Horn Book: “This is the third
story about Lucy and Edmund and their adventures in the land of Narnia,
and just as good as the other two. … One can imagine that twenty,
thirty years from now, grownups will be recalling the Narnia tales with
the same nostalgic pleasure many people today feel for the E. Nesbit
books. Both these writers should be introduced to all imaginative
Virginia Kirkus’ Bookshop Service: “More English make-believe and
symbol-ridden adventure in this sequal [sic] to The Lion,
the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince
Caspian … fine fantasy.”
who fell under the spell of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and its
sequel will welcome this return to the imaginary land of Narnia… the
one of exciting incident, beauty, and magical symbolism. Can be enjoyed
independent story and would be an excellent choice for reading aloud.”
Recommendations The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,
with the six other books in The Chronicles of Narnia, have
remained popular since their publication. The series has been
consistently recommended to librarians and parents throughout the last
50 years. Generally, catalogs will provide a short review of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
and then list the next six books.
The Chronicles of Narnia have been listed in:
Children's Catalog. New
York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1966 .
All seven Narnia books have been
recommended in every edition of the Children's
Catalog since the 11th edition in 1966 for children grades 4-7.
Gillespie, John and Catherine
Barr. Best Books for Middle School
and Junior High Readers, Grades 6-9. Westport, Conn: Libraries
Lists all seven Narnia books
under "Fiction: Fantasy."
Hahn, Daniel and Leonie Flynn. The Ultimate Teen Book Guide. New
York: Walker and Co, 2008.
As a sidebar to the listing for Abarnat by Clive Barker, this guide
says, "If you're find of tales about children escaping the boring,
everyday world, try C. S. Lewis's The
Lipson, Eden Ross. The New
York Times Parent's Guide To The Best
Books For Children. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2000.
"This seven-volume allegorical
Christian fantasy has steadily gained worldwide popularity since it was
first published in the 1950s. In the beginning, Aslan, the white lion,
freed Narnia from the spell of the White Witch, but that was just the
beginning. These tales are very good for reading aloud."
Lynn, Ruth Nadelman. Fantasy Literature for Children and Young
Adults: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: R. R. Bowker, 1989.
"In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
(1952; 1986, pap.) Edmund, Lucy, their cousin Eustace, and Prince
Caspian sail to World's End aboard the Dawn Treader, in search of seven
A Parent's Guide to the Best
Children's Literature. Los Angeles: Parent's Guide Press, 2003.
Recommends all seven Narnia
books for ages 10 and up.
(Reviews marked with a * have been quoted
Austin, Patricia. "The Voyage
of the Dawn Treader (Book)." Booklist 100.13 (2004): 1212.
*Bechtel, Louise S. “All Ages Will
Enjoy Together Fun, Magic Facts in New Books.” New York Herald
Tribune Book Review, 16 November
*“Books to Read Aloud.” Bulletin
from Virginia Kirkus’ Bookstore Service 20
(August 1, 1952): 451-2.
Christopher, Joe and Joan Ostling. C.
S. Lewis: An Annotated Checklist of Writings about him and
Works. Kent, OH: Kent State
Downing, David C. Into the
Wardrobe: C. S. Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles. San Francisco: