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Peter Pan
Publication Information:
Edina, Minn. : ABDO Pub., 2002.
Physical Description:
240 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Series title(s):
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Playmore : Waldman Pub., 1990.
Darling family of England -- Peter arrives -- Invitation to the Neverland -- Flying away -- Make-believe place come true -- New mother -- House underground -- Danger in the lagoon -- Kite and the bird -- Last night on the island -- Kidnapping -- Close call for Peter -- Pirate ship -- "Hook or me!" -- Return home -- Forgetting how to fly.
The adventures of the three Darling children in Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up.


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The adventures of the three Darling children in Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up.

Author Notes

James Matthew Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, was born on May 9, 1860, in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland. His idyllic boyhood was shattered by his brother's death when Barrie was six. His own grief and that of his mother influenced the rest of his life. Through his work, he sought to recapture the carefree joy of his first six years.

Barrie came to London as a freelance writer in 1885. His early fiction, Auld Licht Idylls (1888) and A Window in Thrums (1889), were inspired by his youth in Kirriemuir. After publishing a biography of his mother Margaret Ogilvy and the autobiographical novel Sentimental Tommy, about a boy living in a dream world (1896), he concentrated on writing plays.

The Admirable Crichton (1902), the story of a butler who becomes king of a desert island, helped to establish Barrie's reputation as a playwright. Meanwhile, he began to relive his childhood by telling the first Peter Pan stories to the sons of his friend, Sylvia Llewellyn Davies. The play Peter Pan was first performed in 1904 and published as a novel seven years later. Its imaginative drama, featuring the eternal boy's triumph over the grownup Captain Hook, idealizes childhood and underscores adults' inability to regain it. These resonant themes made it a classic of world literature.

Barrie's later work shows his increasingly cynical view of adulthood, particularly in Dear Brutus (1917). Often considered his finest play, it concerns nine men and women whose caprices destroy a miraculous opportunity to relive their lives.

Barrie married the former Mary Ansell in 1894. They divorced in 1909, never having any children. Barrie died in London on June 19, 1937.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-The story of Peter Pan, that little boy who just wouldn't grow up, has been a childhood staple for years. Though countless film and musical adaptations ensure that most children will be familiar with the basic story of how Peter arrives on the scene, taking Wendy, John, and Michael Darling to Neverland for adventures with mermaids, pirates, and Indians, the original story is in many ways darker and more poignant (as well as more whimsical) than many will remember. Barrie is also droll, and many adults will appreciate his piquant jabs at Edwardian society and mores, which will fly over the heads of most children. This particular edition of the classic, originally published in 1980 and now in print again, features mesmerizing, nostalgia-inducing illustrations from Caldecott winner Hyman. Black-and-white images rendered in India ink and full-color acrylic paintings depict well-known scenes-the Darling children taking flight, Peter in combat with the villainous Captain Hook-mixing in just a hint of menace (the pirates are certainly fearsome, and even Peter looks quite feral, more fairy than boy). This enchanting version soars. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

A number of classic children's books return in milestone and reissued editions for a new generation. J.M. Barrie's enchanting Peter Pan: 100th Anniversary Edition features a large trim for reading aloud and rich, detailed illustrations by Michael Hague (which he originally published in 1987). Peter Pan's flyaway red hair and tattered garment of "skeleton leaves and the juices that ooze out of trees" capture the free spirit of the boy who refused to grow up. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

The classic [cf2]Peter Pan[cf1] story, in Barrie's original whimsical text, is reprinted here, matched in style and imagination by Vess's black-and-white chapter-head illustrations and periodic interior art. Peter is feral and swashbuckling, the pirates are satisfyingly piratical, and the children are at once brave and innocent. Vess's compositions are dynamic and alive; it's a pity there isn't more art. From HORN BOOK Spring 2004, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

An unusually large, attractive, unabridged edition with dozens of full-page illustrations and smaller vignettes. In style, Gustafson's lusty oil paintings of the pirates are akin to N. C. Wyeth's, though they have more the flavor of compelling dramatic play than real menace. His slim, round-faced, rosy children and cozy interiors are closer to Wyeth's gifted student, Jessie Wilcox Smith, while the ethereal yet mischievous fairy folk recall Rackham. This is not to suggest that the result is merely derivative, in the manner of Michael Hague; Gustafson is a talented craftsman who skillfully melds his references to past greats to create an appropriately traditional style that has enough of a contemporary aura (especially in the characterizations) for broad popular appeal. An endpaper map of ``The Neverland'' and meticulous renditions of intriguing details add to the drama and fun. A perfect gift for a family that reads aloud. (Fiction. 5+)

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. Peter Pan's back in the spotlight with the recent Michael Hague edition of the Barrie story (Booklist 84:700 D 15 87) and now this newly illustrated version by Ormerod. Unlike the lush, fairy-tale graphics that Hague supplies, these pictures are stylized art nouveau illustrations. The colorplates are eye-catching, inventive pieces, although many of the black-and-white sketches are spare offerings with little child appeal. Libraries may want Hague's book as their first choice, but those desiring several editions will find this an attractive alternative. IC. [OCLC]