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Peter and Wendy: Peter Pan, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up Paperback – December 29, 2011
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This edition seems like someone 'cut and pasted' and then photocopied the results. You can even see the lines on the page where the copying was done.
Although it claims to be illustrated, there is not a single picture in the book. The review says this refers to another print edition, but you'd think there would be some accuracy.
And while there is not a single page number in this book, there are odd page numbers referred to in the text that seem to refer to some other edition or where there were supposed to be pictures or something. Really strange.
For example, in chapter 8, at random points there are references in brackets to pages 126 and 127 between paragraphs and to pages 129 and 130 in brackets in the middle of paragraphs. I'd list what pages these were on, but as I said before - there are no page numbers on the actual book pages.
Not sure if this is a print of a version meant for pre-publication review, galley proof, or something. But I should have ordered a 'regular' book.
The story itself does not seem to be impacted. This book was bought for my daughter and I hope she won't find the random insertion of page numbers to be annoying. I know I would hate it.
(and yes, I used the "Look inside" feature. The problems were not noticable as I scrolled the first few pages.)
I became curious about this book as an adult because I read that J.M. Barrie's inspiration for "the boy who never grew up" was in fact a child who died just a day shy of turning 14. This child was the author's older brother - a child who could never be replaced in his mother's heart. As a mother myself, reading about that dark origins of Peter Pan touched my heart and made me incredibly sad. I had never thought about it before, but yes, a dead boy is indeed a boy who never grows up because he can't.
Ostensibly, this book is about a boy who comes to whisk three English children away for fun adventures with pirates, mermaids, and Indians, but dig a little deeper and actually this book is really a book about mothers. Over and over again, the author comments on the unconditional love of mothers, the importance of mothers, the role of mothers, and the poor children without mothers. Peter Pan brings Wendy to Neverland where she becomes a mother to him and the lost boys. As Wendy plays the role of a mother, she also keeps faith in her own mother's love and fervently believes that her mother would keep the window open for them. At one point, in a rare moment of darkness, Peter Pan reveals that he doesn't share Wendy's faith in a mother's love.Read more ›
If you're looking for a pretty book to stick on a shelf or keep for display in your library, get another edition. If you want something you won't feel bad about carrying everywhere and possibly abusing, this is it.
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This was the worst thing I've ever seen. Returned it immediately. The kerning on the back cover was atrocious and the text on the back cover was basically a synopsis of the entire... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kyle
I wish I had read the reviews before purchasing this book, because the printing quality is HORRIBLE. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The cover looks a bit like a photocopy.. That was a little disappointing as I bought this to display.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very poor quality edition. It looks like somebody printed this off at home and just slapped it together without any regard for page margins. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lauren M Foley
The cover is an enlarged, low-quality photo-copy of an older, once-nicer cover. Print-quality is terrible, as is the quality of the construction of the book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brian Powell
I honestly don't know what to write because I haven't read it yet, so I'm going to rated based on the way it looks. The cover looks like someone printed it out of a Canon printer. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Angelina
Bought mostly as decoration for my friend's Peter Pan themed party. The cover art looks like it was printed on a home printer-- it's enlarged and pixelated. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Catwoman