This sequel to the very popular book The Black Stallion is not remarkable in style, plot or characterization, yet [The Black Stallion Returns] has pace and verve and holds the reader's interest throughout. Central theme, the love of Alec for his horse, has all the elements of sure-fire popularity with young people twelve and over.
Dorotha Dawson, "New Books Appraised: 'The Black Stallion Returns'," in Library Journal (reprinted from Library Journal, November 15, 1945; published by R. R. Bowker Co. (a Xerox company); copyright © 1945 by Xerox Corporation), Vol. 70, No. 20, November 15, 1945, p. 1093.