Book Reviews of Peter Pan (Charming Classics)

Peter Pan (Charming Classics)
Peter Pan - Charming Classics
Author: J. M. Barrie
ISBN-13: 9780694013180
ISBN-10: 0694013188
Publication Date: 1/31/2000
Pages: 240
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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4.5 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: HarperFestival
Book Type: Paperback
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Unabridged classic.
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No charm included...sorry!!
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Charm not available (lost) When the Darling children are visited by Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, he convinces them to fly away to the island of Neverland, where children never gorw up! There they meet the Lost Boys, a gaint crocodile, and the evil Captain Hook. Discover the magicial adventures of Peter Pan in this timeless classic tale.
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No charm (Lost) sorry. Definitely a classic to add to anyone's collection.
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2 stars for the last 1/3 of the book, no stars for the first 2/3.

I think I would have liked this book more if I had skipped the introduction. I may have ended up seeing things that weren't really there. After reading the intro, I saw this book as nothing more then Barrie writing this story to get over mommy issues.

I honestly found nothing likeable about Peter. He was a sadistic bully who found joy in murdering anyone he felt like. We're told while Peter is away, Neverland is a happy place. Everyone keeps to their selves and there is no fighting. As soon as he gets close to Neverland, all hell breaks lose. I just don't understand why all the inhabitants worship him. He says he never wants to grow up, but very much enjoys playing Father to the Lost Boys.

Wendy was too perfect to be believable. If she had had even one or two small flaws, I think I would have liked her more. The Darling boys didn't really add anything to the story or make much of an impression. They only thing that stands out was a scene with Michael towards the end.


I hated the narrator. I believe a narrator should pop in here and there as needed. They should play the role of a minor character at best. I'm pretty sure this narrator probably had more page time then Peter. I found him over opinionated and condescending.

Surprisingly, Hook was the only character I really liked. He was the only one who was flawed enough to come off as somewhat believable. He was the only one in all of Neverland that actually had something to be upset about.

I have loved every movie and stage show version I've ever seen of Peter Pan. I was expecting the fun little care free boy I see in those. I'm hoping this book hasn't ruined future movie versions for me
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A few years ago, I saw the movie "Finding Neverland" which is about playwright J. M. Barrie and his relationship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan. After seeing this, I wanted to read the novel, Peter Pan, and finally got around to it. The novel is actually based on the play which was produced by Barrie in 1904. Of course, there have been many productions of the play as well as movie productions including the Disney classic which has always been a favorite. The novel actually coincides pretty directly with the movie version including the story of the Darling family who use a dog, Nana, as a nurse for the three Darling children, Wendy, John, and Michael. Then the children encounter Peter who teaches them to fly and whisks them off to Neverland where they encounter the Lost Boys, and interact with fairies (including Tinker Bell), pirates, mermaids, and redskins. Captain Hook is the bad guy and he is afraid of a ticking alligator.

But overall, the novel is much grittier than the Disney version. There is a lot of death and mayhem with most of the "redskins" and pirates getting killed. Peter seems to be very self centered without caring about most anyone else with the exception of Wendy. And of course the book is very dated using such euphemisms as redskins and other stereotypes. Wendy seems to be only good for being a mother and doing the chores required of her such as cleaning up and darning socks!

I'm glad I finally read this one but can only mildly recommend it.