Friday, January 10, 2014

5:120 Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Here's the review I wrote 4 years ago when I first read it to some of the older boys.  I think it continues to hold fairly true now as well.

Written many years after the release of Peter Pan, Barry & Pearson decide to bring back the magic in this prequel to the original.  Here we meet Peter before Neverland, before he could fly, when he was just an ordinary boy, an orphan, being shipped off to slavery in a faraway country.  What happens on that journey is both magical and fantastical.  We get to learn the story of how Peter became the boy we meet in Peter Pan, how he learned to fly, the history between him and Captain Hook, Tinkerbell's origins, and how they all ended upon Neverland.

It's non-stop action as the story bounces around between Peter and Molly, the pirates, and the crew of the ships.  It's a fast read and the language is pretty simplistic, but it's fun and flows well for the most part.  There are a few scary parts in it and we do see the battle between Hook (Stache) and Peter that costs Hook his hand.  It's not overly descriptive but it's there so be aware of it when reading to younger children.  It's not any more violent or scary than the original, imo.  I enjoyed sharing it with my boys and look forward to reading the rest of the series soon.

Page count: 451p/1,279p ytd/182,317p lifetime

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