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Peter Pan in Scarlet Paperback – May 6, 2008
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In August 2004 the Special Trustees of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, who hold the copyright in Peter Pan, launched a worldwide search for a writer to create a sequel to J.M. Barrie's timeless masterpiece. Renowned and multi award-winning English author Geraldine McCaughrean won the honor to write this official sequel, Peter Pan in Scarlet. Illustrated by Scott M. Fischer and set in the 1930s, Peter Pan in Scarlet takes readers flying back to Neverland in an adventure filled with tension, danger, and swashbuckling derring-do!
Tony DiTerlizzi on Illustrating the Cover for Peter Pan in Scarlet
In working on an image for the American jacket of this authorized sequel, I went through many designs trying to capture the spirit of the 100-year-old character while making him intriguing to the readers of today. This, of course, is much easier said than done.
Many of us have an idea of what Peter Pan should look like based on stage plays, movies, and the myriad of illustrated books, but in actuality both J. M. Barrie and Geraldine McCaughrean describe very few of his physical features. This opens up a lot of room for visual interpretation for an illustrator, however anything too severe in redesign would lead to confusion of identifying who this iconic and (dare I say) mythic character is. So I tried to breathe some new life into his appearance, but still remain faithful to the Peter Pan we all know and love.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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Top Customer Reviews
This book fills in many holes left by it's predecessor, and answers all the nagging questions that haunted me after reading the first one. It expands and deepens the characters of all the familiar faces, including the Lost Boys, the Darlings, and even Captain Hook himself. I was especially moved by Hook's story and fell in love with the character all over again.
For anyone who is worried that this is just a badly written marketing ploy, or a violation of their childhood, I say that there is nothing to fear. This book is a marvel and a fitting tribute to an amazing writer. Buy the book, and even if you don't enjoy the story within it's pages at least you will be helping a children's hospital in need.
"Peter Pan in Scarlet" will have an honored place next to "Peter Pan" on my bookshelf.
Peter Pan in Scarlet is a good book; I will read it again. However, that does not mean it is a classic in the making, following in the ever so hard to fill footsteps of the original. It is not great, is not sensational, and at the very least is worth waiting for the paperbound edition. And if you have dotted on Peter since you were small enough to fly to Neverland you will probably feel an underlying wrongness in this book.
First the whining part, the crowing. I know Peter crows. Acknowledged, accepted, but to have it spelled out, repeatedly, in double-sized print, bothered me. The end. And since when did Captain Codfish have two first mates? Starkey and Smee where both credited the post here. There are other inconsistencies as well, like the shadows and flying. But enough of that, let's move on.
The writing style was a shadow of Barrie's, in my opinion. Almost as if the author would forget that she was trying mimic it, the style would wander away, popping back now and then in a bizarre game of hide and seek.
The theme of the story was rather violent, mature one could say. Yes, there were dangers in the original, lives threatened, but still, it was held together with the magic of child's innocence that Peter Pan is meant to encompass. This story ripped that rug right out from underneath you.
Peter does seem not quite his-self, though in the beginning that can rather well be attributed to his being completely alone.Read more ›
I'm sure you already know the summary: 'Peter Pan in Scarlet' finds Wendy and the Lost Boys where we left them last - as adults in London. All of a sudden they begin to have humorously vivid dreams of Neverland; they decide they must return to Neverland and right any wrongs that have occurred in their twenty year absence. Of course Peter Pan, the Marvelous Boy is absolutely fine, and now that there are friends to share his adventures with, he decides to take them on a treasure hunt to the top of Neverpeak, joining forces with the Circusmaster Ravello along the way.
As the world's top Pan Fan, I immediately discovered a few inconsistencies with this book: the shadow/flying explanation, of course; several mistakes in respect to the pirates; the over-stressing of 'clothes making the man'. These basically unimportant mistakes can be attributed to the difficult task of creating a new storyline. But my MAIN COMPLAINT comes with a VERY BIG SPOILER: When the Darlings meet Ravello the Circusmaster, they are actually meeting none other than a disguised Hook!Read more ›
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An amazing official sequel to the J.M. Barrie Book. It sees the return of a foe, a look at Neverland that you don't see, and an interesting concept!Published 8 months ago by Nicholas Vela
I have loved the Peter Pan mythos ever since I was a little girl. I have a great many copies of the original book, all of which are just slightly different. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Silvara Wilde
Not for me - dark and horror laden
I can't recall if Peter Pan is dark, but my memories of the book are cheery and fun. Read more
This is an amazing book and I think that Geraldine McCaughrean did a great job for the sequel of Peter PanPublished 20 months ago by Kindle Customer
Great Story! Wonderful reading by Tim Curry! Kids would love this!Published 21 months ago by Deborah Thomas
It is 1926, and the Old Boys (formerly the Lost Boys) are having dreams about Neverland, dreams that are all too real. Read morePublished on August 6, 2014 by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson