Peter Pan

Paperback | November 4, 2007

byJ.M. BarrieIllustratorDavid Wyatt

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The night that Peter Pan flies into the Darling children's nursery is the night that magic flies into their lives. It's the night that Wendy and her brothers follow Peter out of the window and soar through the sky to Neverland. It's the night that they discover a world of mermaids, fairies,and pirates, of lost boys, and of the terrible Captain Hook. It's the night the adventure begins...Peter Pan is one of the best-loved stories ever written for children. For more than one hundred years this unforgettable tale has enchanted readers of all ages.Step into Neverland with this magical, timeless classic.

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The night that Peter Pan flies into the Darling children's nursery is the night that magic flies into their lives. It's the night that Wendy and her brothers follow Peter out of the window and soar through the sky to Neverland. It's the night that they discover a world of mermaids, fairies,and pirates, of lost boys, and of the terrible...

J. M. Barrie (1860-1937) was a British novelist and dramatist. He is best remembered for inventing Peter Pan, the boy who refused to grow up, whom he based on his friends, the Llewelyn Davies boys.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.8 × 5.08 × 0.59 inPublished:November 4, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0192727486

ISBN - 13:9780192727480

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from So many great memories Was amazed by this book as a boy, and re-read as an adult - such an incredible adventure
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic story This is a great read for kids of all ages.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-read A great book to read, whether for kids or adults. There is much to learn from this book. A fun read, and yet full of emotion.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Peter Pan Good, fun book for kids to enjoy. The story was different than what I remembered from the movies but still great.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliving Childhood This book is absolutely wonderful in the way it reminds us the innocence of childhood let us view this story much different from how we see it now. Peter Pan is a very cruel and forgetful and unchanging, like time.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Peter Pan at his best And by that I mean he's as cocky as ever. The original Peter Pan delves into true nature of The Boy Who Never Aged. His lack of empathy and sympathy; his conniving plans to steal children away into the night; how he manipulates those around him; and his game of killing pirates he won't remember in a decade's time. Brilliant, really.
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adventurous Who couldn't in joy a classic
Date published: 2014-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enchanting This tale has been enchanting us since its creation. Originally written for adults and highly successful since its debut, this mischievous character has appeared in several works of fiction and adaptations, including the widely known animated film version by “Walt Disney”. Peter Pan is a boy who can fly and magically refuses to grow up. He spends his childhood adventuring Neverland as the leader of a gang of Lost Boys. His escapades include mermaids, Indians, fairies, pirates and ordinary boys. The adventure is triggered after Peter Pan suddenly appears at the Darling residence, looking for his shadow in the children’s bedroom…. While reading the Ereader version of this unique and entertaining story of Tinker Bell, Peter Pan and all the characters, it brought back fine memories of my youth, many enjoyable hours spent with Disney’s mythical creations. The story is dark, sad, rather creepy and very violent, it also highlights how precious childhood is and how adults view it. I rather think if it were not for the animated versions still burnt into my mind, this book would have been a ho-hum read. Flying around is great fun …..The only way to travel…..all you need is a good sprinkling of fairy dust….. In my opinion, this is a childhood fantasy that is more dependent on visual effects than words alone.
Date published: 2011-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it! One of my favourite childhood stories. When i first read it I realized it was a lot different than the Disney version and worth every minute that I read it. Great story. More a long the lines of the live action Peter Pan movie
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not your Disney Peter Pan Peter Pan has long ago gone through the 'Disneyfication' process and few people I know have read the original version of this story. I have been trying to find a version that has not been rework and don't know if I have yet succeeded. I found both the copies shown at my local library. The first is a 1950 version from Charles Scribner's Sons. This is the one that my husband and I both chose to read. He also compared a number of pages between both books and found they were the same. You could read this book very quickly and lightly and decide that its an enchanting story of a flying boy who is in need of a mother. He finds a girl sitting at her open nursery window and convinces her and her brothers to return to Neverland with him. Oh how sweet. You could read a little deeper and find that all is not so bright an cheery. Peter can be very ruthless. When the children are first flying to Neverland, its a very long flight and occasionally John, Michael and Wendy would fall asleep and then they would drop toward the ocean. Peter would wait till the very last moment to save them. Peter seems to like to have others around so he can boast to them, but I question whether he cares about them. This quote from page 68 says 'no'. "The boys on the island vary, of course, in numbers, according as they get killed and so on; and when they seem to be growing up, which is against the rules, Peter thins them out;" By saying 'thins them out' I suspect that means 'kills them'. There is more killing. In the final battle, in order to keep secret that he has boarded Hook's ship, Peter kills the quarter master Ed Teynte and then refers to the body as carrion. Teynte hadn't attacked him. Peter doesn't exhibit 'good form' when he sneakily kills Hook by kicking him overboard when he is standing on the bulwark instead of engaging him in a fair sword battle. There is one passage near the end of the book where Peter has returned to Wendy after she has been home with her family for a year. She is looking forward to talking about old times, including Captain Hook. " 'Who is Captian Hook?' he asked with interest when she spoke of the arch enemy. 'Don't you remember,' she asked, amazed, 'how you killed him and saved all our lives?' 'I forget them after I kill them,' he replied carelessly. " Having been raised on Walt Disney versions of this story I didn't know about this blood thirsty side of Peter Pan. Interesting. I will be looking for an even earlier edition of this book to read and check for changes in the text. One question did come to mind regarding Princess Tiger Lily. I had to wonder whether she was fashioned after Mohawk author/poet Pauline Johnson? She had toured England a number of times before Mr. Barrie penned this book. I wonder if perhaps he had viewed one of her orations where she was garbed in her 'Indian' dress and he was inspired to include her as a character?
Date published: 2009-12-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So Many Peter Pans, So Little Time!, n 1904 J.M. Barrie wrote & directed his new play "Peter Pan." In 1911 he wrote & printed the same story as a novel sometimes known as "Peter Pan" sometimes known as "Peter & Wendy." Since that time there has been much confusion between the 2 editions of "Peter Pan." This product is advertised as a "Fantasy in Five Acts" that is, a play. It is an excellent revised/adapted version of the original 1904 play. But if you are a REAL Peter Pan fan, you will also want to purchase the original 1904 version of the play, currently available in the Oxford Drama Series as "Peter Pan & Other Plays" by James M. Barrie. May this 100th anniversary of "The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up" inspire us all to "think lovely wonderful thoughts"!
Date published: 2009-10-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Definately Different from the Disney Version Ok I have watched the Disney version and the really old movie with a lady playing Peter Pan, but I figured I should read this children's classic. It's interesting...darker than I would expect (people actually die) and...just was different. This book definitely didn't pull me into keep on reading; I skipped parts.
Date published: 2009-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Fun This was an interesting book, full of adventure but also has a more serious side about the need to grow up and grow in wisdom. It makes us realize the consequences of our actions and also the importance of family and friends. The questions it left unanswered for me were: -What school is it that Hook went to? What is known for its slouch and walk? -The question of fairies that are unsure of their sex? Androgynous like angels? -Forget fairies and you kill them the power of naming or unnaming A great read for children of all ages, and if you like Peter Pan then check out ‘Capt. Hook’ by J.V. Hart for an introduction to Hook as a young man. (First written as Journal Reading Notes in 1999.)
Date published: 2008-12-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Rare Time When The Movie Was Better -- Every Version Actually. I am not sure I can see why Peter Pan is such a beloved "classic." J.M. Barrie's story about the boy who wouldn't grow up just didn't reach me. And I read it aloud to 4 year old boy-girl twins. Oh, they enjoyed it, and I may have bred a love for the story in them that will last (which could be exactly why the story has endured -- parental readings), but no matter how much they liked Peter Pan I could not see the appeal. Wendy drove me crazy; Peter grew increasingly annoying; Hook bored me stiff; there was too much violence; Barrie's narrative interjections grew to be too intrusive; and I generally felt a distinct lack of fun. About the only thing I liked about the book, besides it ending, was Tinkerbell. Her snooty fairy arrogance always made me smile. I know I will incur the wrath of many when I say this, but I actually prefer the Disney version. Walt brought some real joy to the story, and while I will never read Peter Pan again, I will watch the movie. Probably tomorrow. If there wasn't a successful play of Pan I would put the longevity of Barrie's story on the head of Disney. Too bad I can't, but then he's been blamed for enough over the years, hasn't he?
Date published: 2008-09-07