Book Reviews of Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter, Bk 1)

Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter, Bk 1)
Peter and the Starcatchers - Peter, Bk 1
Author: Ridley Pearson, Dave Barry
ISBN-13: 9780786839247
ISBN-10: 0786839244
Publication Date: 7/1/2005
Pages: 451
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 86 ratings
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

It's always interesting, at least to me, to read a book that is the retelling of a beloved childhood tale. Whether it be a retold fairy tale such as SNOW WHITE or SLEEPING BEAUTY, or a classic such as PETER PAN, these new spins on old stories usually fall into one of two categories--terribly bad remakes, or truly amazing, imaginative stories with new twists. Thankfully, authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have turned PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS into the latter.

In this rendering, Peter is an orphan about the ship Never Land. He's become the leader of sorts to the other young orphans who have been sold into slavery to King Zarboff the Third, evil ruler of Rundoon. Not long after Peter and his boys board the boat, he meets Molly Aster. The fourteen-year old daughter of the new Ambassador of Rundoon is unlike any other girl Peter has ever met. Actually, the only other girl he remembers seeing in a very long time was the daughter of the Headmaster of St. Norbert's Home for Wayward Boys.

Peter's increasing infatuation with Molly is challenged when she lets him in on a secret--she is an apprentice Starcatcher, one who guards the magical starstuff from the Others who would use it to do harm. Starstuff is magic that, when it falls to Earth, it brings about increased intelligence, happiness, and even the ability to fly. Although Peter is, at first, quite skeptical of Molly and her Starcatcher business, he soon learns that she's being nothing but truthful.

Add to the story the dreaded Pirate Black Stache and the evil pirate crew of the ship the Sea Devil, and you have an interesting story. Throw in the a shipwreck, a missing cargo of starstuff, mermaids, a flying crocodile, and island dwellers that just may be cannibals, and the story goes from interesting to amazing. This is a remarkable retelling, or possibly even a prequel, to the well known story of PETER PAN. Kudos to both Mr. Barry and Mr. Pearson for a highly entertaining and thoroughly engrossing read!
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Helpful Score: 4
We all know how the story of Peter Pan goes... now find out how the boy and his friends (and enemies) came to be.
I had trouble putting this book down once I got past page one, which made this a very fast read.
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Helpful Score: 2
So I was in the mood for something light and just a bit brainless, and dove into my daughters shelves for the first book in Dave Barry and Ridley Pearsons Peter Pan prequels, called Peter and the Starcatchers. And oh, what fun this was.

The story is essentially the adventure that got Peter and the Lost Boys to Neverland, introduced his pirate nemesis (here called The Black Stache, as hes pre-hook), and birthed Tinkerbell. Barry and Pearson did an awesome job of creating characters full of personality and a thirst for adventure, and villains worthy of the name.

This book was a joy to read. Its absolutely suitable for kids (for whom it was written) as well as adults craving light, fun adventure.

4 of 5 stars.
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Helpful Score: 2
Hey! Do you have a child who asks 'Why?' When you read the bedtime story he/she asks, 'But how did they get there in the first place?' One whose curiosity bump isn't satisfied with 'That's the way the story goes'?

Get this book! Not at all what I expected with Ridley Pearson's name on it, this is a GREAT prequel to James Barrie's PETER PAN.

You learn why Captain Hook is so upset with Peter.
You learn why the crocodile really wants to taste Captain Hook.
You learn how it is that the lost boys can fly.
You learn where Tinkerbell came from.
And so much more...

Now you can answer some of those 'Why?' requests---and delightfully written, too.
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Helpful Score: 1
This truly delightful book will answer questions you never knew you had about the origins of Peter Pan. Told with humor and thrilling adventure, this adventurous tale tells how Peter came to be an ageless, flying boy hated by Captain Hook (and how Hook ended up with that hook), where Tinkerbell came from and why they're living in Neverland. All is revealed in this amazing fantasy concoction by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. By time Captain Hook raises his corset-shaped sail in hot pursuit, you'll be so absorbed you won't be able to put the book down until you get to the end. Like the seven Harry Potter books, this is definitely a book you will want to pass down to future generations to enjoy.
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Really enjoyed this book. Always loved Peter Pan and Tinkerbell so this was a wonderful book to read. The adventures,childhood innocents, and the struggle to take on adult issues is so common today its refreshing to see character take it on without losing their sense of right and wrong.
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I loved this story! It was an easy read for myself (day or two) and I am now reading it to my 9yr old son. It was a bit too much for him to undertake himself but it is the perfect book to read to an older child that likes pirates and a little bit of freight. I wouldn't read it to my 6yr old quite yet.
I would definately recommend this book to others, adults and children alike.
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Very creative and imaginative. Clear writing and easy to read. This is to Peter Pan as Wicked is to Wizard of Oz. Great possible action explanations of how each character became who they are and why. Plots within plots. I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, but got hooked immediately. The action keeps going and you want to keep going to the next chapter to see what is going to happen! I just finished Peter and the Shadow Thieves,oh my gosh, scary, thriller and close escapes. I've also read Kingdon Keepers by Ridley Pearson. This is supposed to be a young adults book, but if you're still young at heart you'll love it!
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Couldn't put it down, can't wait to read the next in the series. Not just for kids.....great for anyone who loves Peter Pan.
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I thought that this was a really fun read. It gives a new spin to earlier parts of Peter's story prior to what we're familiar with from the Disney movie. Even though it's a read aimed towards children, it was written well enough that I didn't find myself annoyed by overly-dramatic teens and sub-standard plot. I'm definitely looking forward to more in the series!
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I thought that this was a really fun read. It gives a new spin to earlier parts of Peter's story prior to what we're familiar with from the Disney movie. Even though it's a read aimed towards children, it was written well enough that I didn't find myself annoyed by overly-dramatic teens and sub-standard plot. I'm definitely looking forward to more in the series!
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I thought that this was a really fun read. It gives a new spin to earlier parts of Peter's story prior to what we're familiar with from the Disney movie. Even though it's a read aimed towards children, it was written well enough that I didn't find myself annoyed by overly-dramatic teens and sub-standard plot. I'm definitely looking forward to more in the series!
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This truly delightful book will answer questions you never knew you had about the origins of Peter Pan. Told with humor and thrilling adventure, this adventurous tale tells how Peter came to be an ageless, flying boy hated by Captain Hook (and how Hook ended up with that hook), where Tinkerbell came from and why they're living in Neverland. All is revealed in this amazing fantasy concoction by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. By time Captain Hook raises his corset-shaped sail in hot pursuit, you'll be so absorbed you won't be able to put the book down until you get to the end. Like the seven Harry Potter books, this is definitely a book you will want to pass down to future generations to enjoy.
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Great rewrite of Peter Pan. Very enjoyable.
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I think this book is a very interesting twist on the Peter Pan story. It's a page-turner and will keep you wanting to read more.
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This truly delightful book will answer questions you never knew you had about the origins of Peter Pan. Told with humor and thrilling adventure, this adventurous tale tells how Peter came to be an ageless, flying boy hated by Captain Hook (and how Hook ended up with that hook), where Tinkerbell came from and why they're living in Neverland. All is revealed in this amazing fantasy concoction by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. By time Captain Hook raises his corset-shaped sail in hot pursuit, you'll be so absorbed you won't be able to put the book down until you get to the end. Like the seven Harry Potter books, this is definitely a book you will want to pass down to future generations to enjoy.
reviewed Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter, Bk 1) on + 1756 more book reviews
I thought that this was a really fun read. It gives a new spin to earlier parts of Peter's story prior to what we're familiar with from the Disney movie. Even though it's a read aimed towards children, it was written well enough that I didn't find myself annoyed by overly-dramatic teens and sub-standard plot. I'm definitely looking forward to more in the series!
reviewed Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter, Bk 1) on + 1756 more book reviews
I thought that this was a really fun read. It gives a new spin to earlier parts of Peter's story prior to what we're familiar with from the Disney movie. Even though it's a read aimed towards children, it was written well enough that I didn't find myself annoyed by overly-dramatic teens and sub-standard plot. I'm definitely looking forward to more in the series!
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great book-very funny
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My children (ages 14, 11, and 4) LOVED this book! It was fun to discuss it with each other, and hard not to tell what was going to happen! It was very exciting, and made me glad I had gotten it! It's tough to find a book that everyone in the family can enjoy together!
reviewed Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter, Bk 1) on + 1756 more book reviews
I thought that this was a really fun read. It gives a new spin to earlier parts of Peter's story prior to what we're familiar with from the Disney movie. Even though it's a read aimed towards children, it was written well enough that I didn't find myself annoyed by overly-dramatic teens and sub-standard plot. I'm definitely looking forward to more in the series!
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great spin on the original peter pan story! i love it!
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Great series, very interesting and somewhat believable series of events explaining the origins of central characters of the peter pan series including Hook who was first called "black 'stache" worth reading.
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This truly delightful book will answer questions you never knew you had about the origins of Peter Pan. Told with humor and thrilling adventure, this adventurous tale tells how Peter came to be an ageless, flying boy hated by Captain Hook (and how Hook ended up with that hook), where Tinkerbell came from and why they're living in Neverland. All is revealed in this amazing fantasy concoction by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. By time Captain Hook raises his corset-shaped sail in hot pursuit, you'll be so absorbed you won't be able to put the book down until you get to the end. Like the seven Harry Potter books, this is definitely a book you will want to pass down to future generations to enjoy.
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Good book
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A surprisingly different version of Peter pan discovering powers and having adventures.
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Enjoyable "precurser" to Peter Pan story.
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Starts off a little slow but picks up quickly.
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I thought that this was a really fun read. It gives a new spin to earlier parts of Peter's story prior to what we're familiar with from the Disney movie. Even though it's a read aimed towards children, it was written well enough that I didn't find myself annoyed by overly-dramatic teens and sub-standard plot. I'm definitely looking forward to more in the series!
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Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

It's always interesting, at least to me, to read a book that is the retelling of a beloved childhood tale. Whether it be a retold fairy tale such as SNOW WHITE or SLEEPING BEAUTY, or a classic such as PETER PAN, these new spins on old stories usually fall into one of two categories--terribly bad remakes, or truly amazing, imaginative stories with new twists. Thankfully, authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have turned PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS into the latter.

In this rendering, Peter is an orphan about the ship Never Land. He's become the leader of sorts to the other young orphans who have been sold into slavery to King Zarboff the Third, evil ruler of Rundoon. Not long after Peter and his boys board the boat, he meets Molly Aster. The fourteen-year old daughter of the new Ambassador of Rundoon is unlike any other girl Peter has ever met. Actually, the only other girl he remembers seeing in a very long time was the daughter of the Headmaster of St. Norbert's Home for Wayward Boys.

Peter's increasing infatuation with Molly is challenged when she lets him in on a secret--she is an apprentice Starcatcher, one who guards the magical starstuff from the Others who would use it to do harm. Starstuff is magic that, when it falls to Earth, it brings about increased intelligence, happiness, and even the ability to fly. Although Peter is, at first, quite skeptical of Molly and her Starcatcher business, he soon learns that she's being nothing but truthful.

Add to the story the dreaded Pirate Black Stache and the evil pirate crew of the ship the Sea Devil, and you have an interesting story. Throw in the a shipwreck, a missing cargo of starstuff, mermaids, a flying crocodile, and island dwellers that just may be cannibals, and the story goes from interesting to amazing. This is a remarkable retelling, or possibly even a prequel, to the well known story of PETER PAN. Kudos to both Mr. Barry and Mr. Pearson for a highly entertaining and thoroughly engrossing read!
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Pirates and magic, what's not to like? Fun, easy to read book with some neat ideas on how Peter Pan came to be where and what he was. Good for pre-teens with no bad language or adult situations. Not a bad read for adults, the humor is more for kids, but it reads more quickly than you would think 451 pages would go. I have the next two in the series and I will be reading them and passing the series along to the nearest 10 year old.
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A quick, fun adventure. I was up all night- though more like a "disney" tale than the origonal Peter Pan book.
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I loved this book! It is all about how Peter Pan came to be. It has orphaned boys, pirates, a little girl who is a starcatcher, talking dolphins, magic dust that can make any person , or even an aligator fly. It has shipwrecks and cannibals and mermaids. It is family friendlly and I would recommend it for adventure lover's of any age!
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Definitely a great story: creative, exciting, fast-paced, surprising. Why is it listed for young teens? As an adult, I loved it and I can see my older teen and a friend's older teen (girl and boy, respectively) both enjoying this tale.

I look forward to reading the sequels and, then, Rrading "Peter Pan," too!

Fun. Read it: you won't be disappointed whether if you are 8, 18, 48, or 88!
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I have a hardback copy of this book with no jacket cover. It is in perfect shape.

My son really enjoyed this book when I read it allowed but it is fun for adults as well.