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Peter and the Starcatchers Paperback – April 25, 2006
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On board the ship Never Land, an orange-haired boy named Peter, the leader of a group of orphaned boys being sent off to work as servants in King Zarboff the Third's court, is puzzled by his shipmate Molly's fantastical story of starstuff, but it inextricably binds him to her. Peter vows to help his new, very pretty friend Molly (a Starcatcher's apprentice) keep a mysterious trunk full of the stuff out of the clutches of the pirate Black Stache, a host of other interested parties, and ultimately King Zarboff the Third.
The downright goofy, modern 8-year-old boy humor sometimes clashes with an old-time pirate sensibility, and the rapid-fire dialogue, while well paced, is far from inventive. Still, the high-seas hijinks and desert-island shenanigans will keep readers turning the pages. Greg Call's wonderful black-and-white illustrations are deliciously old-fashioned and add plenty of atmosphere to a silly, swashbuckling story that shows us how Peter Pan came to fly and why he, and his story, will never get old. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have created an absolutely amazing re-telling of PETER PAN. Peter is an exciting character who is kind, and fun, while at the same time intelligent, even though he hasn't received any formal education. Molly, on the other hand, is brave and hard-headed, and will appeal greatly to female readers, as she possesses true girl power, which shines through in every page that she appears in. Readers who enjoyed the recent movie PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN will adore the character of Black Stache, as he puts the mean into PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS, what with his nasty attitude, and vicious orders. Overall this is an amazing adventure story that will be enjoyed by male and female readers of all ages, whether they are a fan of the original story of PETER PAN or not.
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Every chapter is quick, engaging and each one leaves you hanging. You find yourself desperate for the "and then what happened?"--almost irritated that the authors interrupt the excitement with a pan (pardon the pun) to the other characters. Except with each new pan you get caught up in those characters as much as you were with the one's you left. This tactic never leaves you with a decent option for "just one more chapter before bedtime". A wonderful story, beautifully illustrated and a must read before you or your children get a chance to grow up!
And as for those one star people-I feel genuinely sorry for them, as they probably don't like ice cream either.
Like all great "children's" fantasy, the book is written on a level that's wonderfully accessible for kids but never condescends and alienates older readers. Our hero, Peter, is an orphan who is being whisked away across the ocean for purposes unknown. Aboard his ship is a mysterious trunk and a mysterious girl who seems to know a lot about it. The trunk is highly sought after, and a Peter finds a pirate ship hot on their trail.
Each of these writers bring something to the table -- Pearson's talent for writing the fantastic and Barry's sharp comedic wit combine to tell an excellent story that I enjoyed so much I'm anxious to go back and rediscover the original J.M. Barrie novel, just to see how many dots I can connect.
The book fills in a lot of the blanks for the original "Peter Pan," and one could easily read this and then leap to the original with no further bridges, however Barry and Pearson supposedly have two more "prequel" novels in the works. I'll definitely be in line to read them.
The result is decidedly mixed: although some components are marvellously clever and mysterious, others fail to engage the reader's imagination, and at some points they make the blasphemous mistake of tampering with the established facts of Barrie's invented world. Barrie's Neverland is the internal world of child's imagination, a place of escape and fantasy. Barry/Pearson change this concept, and Neverland goes from a place accessible only by following "the second star to the right and straight on till morning", to a standard desert island affected with external magic.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. The story begins in London, where two ships are setting sail: "the Wasp" and "the Never Land" (how the ship got this rather odd name is sadly never explained). On board the Never Land are six young orphan boys, a young lady and her governess, and a mysterious trunk that has a strange effect on those carrying it aboard. Among the orphans is young Peter, who soon makes a tentative friendship with the young Molly, a girl who seems to have an agenda of her own upon the ship.
Meanwhile, the pirate ship "Sea Devil", led by its villainous Captain Black Stache is laying in wait for "The Wasp", and the great treasure that it is said to be carrying in its hold, a treasure beyond gold and jewels.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved to book. Brought back a lot of the real feel of the original. No one fell out of a pram, but the nastiness of the Pirates and the combination of arrogance and innocence in... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Prequel is AWESOME! The authors introduce everyone in an interesting way! Loved the action & adventure! Great story, for all ages!Published 1 month ago by Liz Rasmussen
Love the book but the kindle version has about one blank page per every two or so chapters where words in the story are missingPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
An interesting take on Peter Pan, and a definite favorite of mine.Published 1 month ago by Nicholas Vela
ABSOLUTELY ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS EVER! I've always loved Peter Pan, and these books made me love it even more! Read morePublished 1 month ago by bree Roffelsen
My kids loved it (7 and 10) but I thought it drug on and was quite strange at times.Published 2 months ago by cy's girl