Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
Being a Historical Exploration of the Creation and Reception of the
Third Book of the Chronicles of Narnia

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            At the time of its release, The Voyage of the 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 few highlights:

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, along 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 . Print. 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 Unlimited. 2004.
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 Chronicles of Narnia."
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 missing noblemen."
Trachtenberg, Ellen. 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.

Bibliography of Reviews
(Reviews marked with a * have been quoted above.)