*Review* Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie

 Peter Pan

 J.M. Barrie

176 pages

ISBN: 9780805072457

Read 6-2-12

Format: Audiobook

Source: Library

Peter Pan, the book based on J.M. Barrie’s famous play, is filled with unforgettable characters: Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up; the fairy, Tinker Bell; the evil pirate, Captain Hook; and the three children–Wendy, John, and Michael–who fly off with Peter Pan to Neverland, where they meet Indians and pirates and a crocodile that ticks.

I absolutely LOVE Tinkerbell, and I am ashamed to say I had never readPeter Panonly seen the Disney version, so I decided to change that and grabbed the audiobook from the library.  I thought it was so good and I am glad I finally decided to read it.  The language is much different from nowadays of course, but it was still really great.  Well-written and very fun, Barrie created a marvelous story for kids and adults.

The Neverland world is so creative and must have been such a pleasure for Barrie to write.  A little bit of the humor slipped by me since it was written so long ago, but not much.  I really enjoyed the reader as well, especially when he did the classic nasally Captain Hook voice we all know so well!

The characters were really great as well.  The lost boys were adorable and Peter was so stubborn.  The only character I really didn’t care much for was the father because he was so incredibly whiny and at one point argued with the youngest child just like a little kid.  I liked the way the story ended and I even saw a bunch of references from the movie Hook that I never knew were from the book.  If you like classics, this is a must read book!

Fun, well-written, wonderful classic, fast read, one for my library!


Filed under 4.5 Stars, Audiobook, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

4 responses to “*Review* Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie

  1. The Never Fairy

    Yeah, but Hook completely goes against the very fabric of this tale!
    But you are so right about Barrie’s abilities. He created a tale that works on two different levels and means two very different things to a child and an adult – all wrapped up in a wild and scary whimsy. 🙂 A bittersweet tale indeed!

    I have two book recommendations for you… each of them deal with Peter Pan, but – yes – in two very different ways.
    First up is a novel that’s based on Barrie’s own idea for more Pan adventure (how cool, right?) Click!
    Second is a book that sails far away from where the original story had gone, but unlike the movie Hook, never loses its anchor in the dark, deep and delightful tones, themes and mythos of Barrie. But be warned – this one is not for the kids!! Click!

    There’s SO much more going on in “Peter Pan” than you expected, no? ;)Hope you like these, too!

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