Peter Pan Book Review

“There could not have been a lovelier sight; but there was none to see it except a little boy who was staring in at the window. He had ecstasies innumerable that other children can never know; but he was looking through the window at the one joy from which he must be for ever barred.”

Genres:  Classic,  Fantasy,  Fiction,  Adventure                                               Page  Count:  176

Author:  J. M.  Barrie

Rating:  5  Stars

Summary:

Peter Pan, the book based on J.M. Barrie’s famous play, is filled with unforgettable characters that have amazing adventures: 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.

My  Review:

Friend  after  friend  told  me  this  was  an  amazing  book,  so  I  decided  I’d  better  try  it  out  and  bought  it.  (Well,  sort  of  bought  it,  the  manufacturer  I  bought  it  from  accidentally  sent  me  a  paperback  copy  instead  of  a  hardcover  like  I’d  ordered,  and  when  I  asked  about  it,  they  kindly  let  me  keep  the  book  for  free. :))  I’m  so  glad  I  did,  this  book  was  Amazing  with  a  capital  A!

It  is  a  children’s  book,  and  I  know  that  you  might  be  thinking  your  past  reading  children’s  books,  but  seriously,  this  book  was  so  good!  The  writing  was  beautiful  and  I  discovered  quickly  that  it  was  narrated  which  may  be  looked  down  upon  these  days  and  rare,  but  I  found  it  very  interesting  and  that  it  added  to  the  comedy.  Oh  yes,  comedy,  I  should  probably  have  talked  about  that  first!  This  book  was  hilarious!  Through  the  whole  thing  I  was  smiling  to  myself  or  laughing  out  loud.  I  couldn’t  help  but  many  times  stop  in  the  middle  of  reading  and  tell  my  sister  about  Peter  and  Wendy’s  conversation  or  be  like  ‘you  wouldn’t  believe  what  Tinker  Bell  said!’

It’s  a  short  book,  but  it  took  me  a  little  while  to  read  and  I  blame  it  on  the  fact  that  I  couldn’t  help  but  stop  in  the  middle  of  a  chapter  and  tell  someone  about  the  story  and  dialogue. 😀  I  loved  the  characters  too,  especially  Peter,  Wendy  and  Captain  Hook.  They’re  dialogue  was  interesting  and  they’re  characters  were  well  developed!  Also,  through  the  whole  story,  there  were  fascinating,  relatable  quotes  that  I  found  gave  the  story  a  deeper  feel  to  it.  This  one  is  one  of  my  favorites:

“It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness.”

Like  most  stories  that  are  highly  comedic,  Peter  Pan  was  a  little  strange  at  times  and  I  found  some  of  the  situations  unlikely (like  how  easily  the  children  could  defeat  the  powerful  and  feared  pirates).  I  felt  that  these  two  things  were  a  little  forgivable  though  because  the  strangeness  added  to  the  creativity,  and  Neverland  was  supposedly  a  world  that  made  the  impossible,  possible.

It  was  an  innocent  book  that  I’m  glad  I  finally  read  and  don’t  feel  I’ll  soon  forget.

My  Rating:

Suggested: 8+

Romance: 0-10

(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘seriously?’)

The  story  largely  implies  that  Peter  and  Wendy  like  each other,  but  I  wouldn’t  say  there’s  any  romance  between  them,  just  funny  dialogue  between  the  two.

Language: 1-10

(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘constant cussing’.)

Tinkerbell  many  times  refers  to  Peter  as  a  silly  ‘ass’.  I  think  she’s  saying  it  in  terms  of  a  donkey  though.  XD

Violence:  2-10

(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘graphic violence’.)

Peter  and  the  other  boys  in  this  book,  often  talk  of  killing  Pirates  and  Indians.  Peter  is  said  to  have  cut  off  Hook’s  hand  and  killed  pirates  before  along  with  the  other  boys,  but  in  the  few  scenes  he’s  shown  killing  a  Pirate,  it’s  very  discreet,  and  not  described.  The  only  times  blood  is  talked  about,  is  when  the  boys  are  casually  talking  about  cleaning  up  after  fights  with  Pirates.

Drinking,  drugs  or  smoking:  1-10

(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 ‘for seriously’

One  of  the  children,  in  one  scene,  chews  tobacco.

No  Homosexuals  or  Mention

 

 

 

 

 

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