A very solid four stars. This was such a fun read (and if you can listen to Jim Dale narrate it, even better). I adored (or hated, depending on who we're talking about) the colorful cast of characters (Tubby Ted being among my favorites).
I love the original Peter Pan. Just
absolutely love it. I reread it a couple years ago and got completely
caught up in the wit and humor and sarcasm of it all. So I was a bit
apprehensive to read this prequel. But happily, it felt and sounded
enough like the original that I didn't have any trouble thinking I was
reading about the same Peter Pan...although he is far less
conceited...maybe that comes with time. The whole story was so creative:
from Captain Hook (Black Stache)to the crocodile to Neverland...so
I did feel like the pacing slowed a bit in the middle
section because so many of the parties had broken up, so as the story
unfolded each part had to be told from three or four viewpoints.
also, since there are four more books in the series, it seemed like
things wrapped up a bit too nicely. I would have liked it if they'd left
a few Peter Pan mysteries for the next book (for example, it seemed
like the creation of Tinker Bell happened as an afterthought, and they
could have fleshed out her story a lot more if they'd saved her for a
later book. However, maybe they weren't originally planning on writing
five books?) I'll definitely read the next one; it just didn't leave me
hanging enough to run out and grab it this very minute.
looking for an engaging story for 9-12-year-old boys, then this is it.
(But, as you can see, 27-year-old moms can enjoy it too!)
I wrote this review before creating this blog.