Peter and the Starcatchers

Five Stars

Title: Peter and the Starcatchers

Author: Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Length: 452 Pages

Synopsis:

Don’t even think of starting this book unless you’re sitting in a comfortable chair and have lots of time. A fast-paced, impossible-to-put-down adventure awaits as the young orphan Peter and his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They set sail aboard the Never Land, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious trunk in its cargo hold, and the journey quickly becomes fraught with excitement and danger.
Discover richly developed characters in the sweet but sophisticated Molly, the scary but familiar Black Stache, and the fearless Peter. Treacherous battles with pirates, foreboding thunderstorms at sea, and evocative writing immerses the reader in a story that slowly and finally reveals the secrets and mysteries of the beloved Peter Pan.

Overall Review:

I adore Peter Pan. It’s one of the stories from my childhood that I love the most. Besides- pirates and magic and flying boys and never growing up? How can you not love that?

I liked this book because it was a fun adventure behind the story of the eternal dilemma between staying young and embracing growing older. It gives a unique perspective on how Peter got his magical abilities (starstuff- I want some!), as well as the backstory of the Lost Boys, Tinkerbell, and Neverland. It’s a fun and easy mystery that’s packed with humor and the stubborn characters we all love from the classic story of the boy who never grows old.

The authors do a great job of playing to the emotions of the inner children in all of us. I got outraged in all the right places and softened in others. The relationships are realistic and fun- and it was just a fun book to read. I highly recommend this book.

Highlights:

  • Great character development
  • Easy to read
  • Fun and exciting action
  • Great back story and unique angle on Peter Pan
  • Clean and non-violent
  • Full of “showing” instead of “telling”
  • World building aspects were amazing- Neverland has never been more fun to experience

Lowlights:

  • Not a lot of weighty conflict- the resolutions were easy to come by

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