“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
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.
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.
(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.
(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
(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