Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis (movie tie-in)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. LewisI don’t normally review children’s books, but I got this copy for review from the publisher’s and after my son (12) read it and approved of it, I decided I would read it, too.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: What it’s about

The voyage starts at Eustace’s house. He is a cousin of Edmund and Lucy (two characters who also appear in the other Narnia books) who are staying at his house for the holidays. They don’t like him much and try to avoid him as much as they can.

Still, the three of them are in the same room when a painting with a ship (which turns out to be the Dawn Treader) comes alive. The children are engulfed by the water and end up on the ship, where they find prince Caspian, an old friend.

Caspian is looking for seven noblemen that were banned from Narnia by his uncle Miraz. The children travel with him and with the speaking mouse Reepicheep and the rest of the crew to the unknown East where the land of the lion Aslan is said to exist.

On their way East they encounter each of the noblemen on different islands. For differing reasons they could not leave the islands. There is lots of adventure and adversity but in the end, all is well.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: What I thought

My copy was the 2010 Dutch movie tie-in with some pictures of the movie. I don’t know if the text in the book is the original or whether it’s been abridged or otherwise changed (I expect it is).

I only knew The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The Voyage is maybe a little less thrilling. For instance, there are no witches and the wardrobe made a big impression on me in the other book.

The book is for 9-12 year olds. My son of 12 enjoyed reading this.

And so did I. It is definitely a children’s book. The story and writing style are too simple. But there are enough interesting ideas to make this a fun story. Like changing into a dragon after sleeping in its den, the dining table that fills itself with food every evening, and (especially) the magic book in which Lucy almost gets lost.

The end was a little abrupt and unsatisfying, but acceptable for children, I think.

Rating: 4.5/5 (for kids)

I got this book: for review from the Dutch publishers, Kok Ten Have

I read this in: Dutch, English is the original language

Number of pages: 216

First published: 2010 (this edition), originally published in 1952

Genre: children’s fiction, fantasy

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