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Walt Disney's Peter Pan (Walt Disney's Classic Fairytale) Hardcover – November 24, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Walt Disney's Classic Fairytale
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Press (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423113233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423113232
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #791,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author


Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than a dozen books, includingDave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far);The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog;Dave Barry's Money Secrets; andBig Trouble. Along with Ridley Pearson, he is the co-author ofPeter and the Starcatchers,Peter and the Shadow Thieves,Peter and the Secret of Rundoon,Escape from the Carnivale,Cave of the Dark Wind,Blood Tide,andScience Fair.

Ridley Pearson, in addition to thePeter and the Starcatchersseries with Dave Barry, is the award-winning author ofThe Kingdom Keepers-Disney After Dark,Kingdom Keepers-Disney At Dawn, andSteel Trapp. He has also written more than twenty best-selling crime novels, includingKiller ViewandKiller Weekend. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University.




Mary Blair (1911-1978) was one of Walt Disney's most brilliant conceptual designers. During her 34 years with the company, she helped define the look of such film classics asCinderella,Alice in Wonderland, andPeter Pan. In addition to her work on animated films, Ms. Blair brought her unique style to children's books, advertisements, theatrical set designs and theme park attractions. She remains one of the most respected artists in the history of animation.

More About the Author

The New York Times has pronounced Dave Barry "the funniest man in America." But of course that could have been on a slow news day when there wasn't much else fit to print. True, his bestselling collections of columns are legendary, but it is his wholly original books that reveal him as an American icon. Dave Barry Slept Here was his version of American history. Dave Barry Does Japan was a contribution to international peace and understanding from which Japan has not yet fully recovered. Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys is among the best-read volumes in rehab centers and prisons. Raised in a suburb of New York, educated in a suburb of Philadelphia, he lives now in a suburb of Miami. He is not, as he often puts it so poetically, making this up.

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The book was from a library in Denver.
Barbara Arms
It is an artful and lighthearted retelling of the story, not the usual heavy handed writting in children's Disney books.
Windy St George
Our daughter still reads it at 5 years old and our younger son has grown to love it as well.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By radiowires on December 1, 2009
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This is the third storybook Disney has published that puts Mary Blair's Disney concept art to it's story, rewritten in this case by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson to match the art Blair left behind. The story at times seems stilted because it has to work with what had already been drawn, but succeeds overall in re-imagining a classic. You will not regret buying this fun storybook full of some of the most beautiful images ever made on the Disney lot. Truly inspirational and a study for anyone in the art/design/animation world.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mumzonline on January 3, 2010
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As I was reading this book to my boys, I kept thinking how masterfully it was being told. Most children I would think have only experienced Peter Pan on DVD. What a joy to read this beautiful, engaging story to my children. If you have read "The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear", you will love the way this book has been written with the same engaging text. It took me approximately 20 minutes to read. I was not overwhelmed by the volume of text at bedtime! The pictures are on one page and a small paragraph on the facing page. The amazing animation by Mary Blair are an imagination gold mine. I wish I had read this to my kids prior to them every seeing the movie. Don't make the same mistake I have!
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I saw this book at the Walt Disney Museum in San Francisco (an adult museum dedicated to the man's life). This book was in the gift shop, but I decided to pass, then changed my mind at home and ordered it on Amazon.
The illustrations are lovely, although many are castoffs, background, or not really defined. Thats ok, because it lends the book a dream-like ambiance. What I really like is how it is written. It is an artful and lighthearted retelling of the story, not the usual heavy handed writting in children's Disney books.
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I like Dave Barry, but I feel like he probably had a limited number of the illustrator's pieces to work with here, and was trying to fit the story to the limited pictures available to him. As a result, the story seems a little forced at times -- or the picture doesn't really match the text. It feels like he tried to touch on aspects of each picture he had, but it could have been better if parts had been left out, as it just seemed like the plot was being rushed through (whereas if he had more of the illustrations, he could have made the story less all over the place and focused on what smaller plot within the story as a whole). I also don't love the artist's work (which I'm sure is sacriligous), but it was a really cool idea to do this. My almost 3 year old seems to really like this though -- it's just kind of long to get through each time. I love the opening and the ending though, and parts of it definitely capture some of Dave Barry's excellent humor (in a funny way). I don't think anyone could have done a better job with it - I just think they needed to have more selection in the illustrations.
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We love, love, love this book!! We received it as a gift signed by the author when our daughter was 2.5 and it quickly became a favorite for both kids and adults in our family. Our daughter still reads it at 5 years old and our younger son has grown to love it as well. It is a creative version of a classic tale, very cleverly written. We give it as a gift over and over again...
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Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan, a classic tale but nothing surprising. The illustrations in this book are pretty cool, and my 4 year old son really likes this book. The narrative is not my favorite, however (I think it's because of the little side comments that the author makes in an attempt to sound ... hip? modern? ironic? ... I don't know, I could do without them). But overall, it's a good book for a 3-5 year-old and I'm glad we have it.
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