Peter Pan

peter panby J.M. Barrie
Children’s Fiction / Classics
5 of 5 stars

This has been one of my favorite classic children’s stories for years, and I received this gorgeous edition for Christmas! This embossed hardcover comes fully illustrated with 3-D interactive pop-up elements throughout. Eep! (My previous version was a strange Borders edition with some goth girl in a “Tink” t-shirt on the front. It obviously had to go). My only critique is that “big words” and certain British usages are defined in brackets for younger readers. Learn from context, your parents, or Google, children. It’s good for you!

All that aside, the story itself is fantastic if you haven’t read it. This was a no-brainer to choose for my first classic novel of the year. Yes, it’s a kid adventure story about a flying boy that never grows up, but there are poignant and interesting pearls of wisdom hidden here, too.

Barrie’s descriptions are stirring and memorable, and the episodic adventures are a perfect representation of childhood fun. I haven’t come across this sort of narrative style in quite the same way, so just add this to your list. If you’ve seen a film or stage version, you officially have no idea what the story is really like (although the 2003 adaptation with Jeremy Sumpter comes closest in terms of dialogue and symbolism). Read this and let your heart laugh and twist with wistful feelings.

If you’d like to see more reviews or buy a copy for yourself, this edition of Peter Pan is available on Goodreads and on Boulder Book Store’s website here. Please consider supporting your local bookstore!

Similar reads:

  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo – A brave little mouse sets out to become a knight in a kingdom’s castle to save the beautiful Princess Pea. Charming and full of excellent symbolism.
  • The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle – A “traditional” fairy tale that examines what it is to be human as the last unicorn searches for the rest of her kind with the help of a cynical woman and a magician that can’t do magic.
  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket – The first in A Series of Unfortunate Events which follows the three orphaned siblings Violet, Klaus, and Sunny as they get passed from guardian to guardian trying to avoid their nefarious uncle, Count Olaf, and uncover mysteries relating to their parents’ deaths. Darkly humorous and almost too vague at times, but enjoyable.
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery – A philosophical and sharp look at modern society through the eyes of a visiting child-prince. See my review here.
  • How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell – An illustrated and hilarious look at one boy’s quest to prove dragons aren’t all evil monsters. Just as good as the movie!

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