Peter Pan by J.m. BarriePeter Pan by J.m. Barrie

Peter Pan

byJ.m. Barrie

Mass Market Paperback | March 1, 1985


Considered a masterpiece since its first appearance on stage in 1904, Peter Pan is J. M. Barrie’s most famous work and arguably the greatest of all children’s stories. While it is a wonderful fantasy for the young, Peter Pan, particularly in the novel form Barrie published in 1911, says something important to all of us. Here “the boy who wouldn’t grow up” and his adventures with Wendy and the lost boys in the Neverland evoke a deep emotional response as they give form to our feelings about parents, boys and girls, the unknown, freedom, and responsibility. Humorous, satiric, filled with suspenseful cliff-hangers and bittersweet truths, Peter Pan works an indisputable magic on readers of all ages, making it a true classic of imaginative literature.
Sir James Mathew Barrie was born on May 9, 1860, at Kirriemuir in Scotland, the ninth of ten children of a weaver. When Barrie was six, his older brother David died in a skating accident. Barrie then became his mother’s chief comforter, while David remained in her memory a boy of thirteen who would never grow up. Barrie received his...
Title:Peter PanFormat:Mass Market PaperbackProduct dimensions:176 pages, 6.89 × 4.13 × 0.38 inShipping dimensions:6.89 × 4.13 × 0.38 inPublished:March 1, 1985Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0553211781

ISBN - 13:9780553211788


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I love the story of Peter Pan but this book was just a little hard to get through. I'm glad I read it, though.
Date published: 2019-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series of books. Collecting all the clothbound classics for the grandkids. These look beautiful on the shelf.
Date published: 2019-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great classic! The original story of Peter Pan! Definitely a great read as it addresses concerns of humanity such as growing up. Wide variety of complex and unique characters, in a beautiful and brilliant setting full of magic and fantastical adventure.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad Although I love Peter Pan, I found the book difficult to get through
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Original Peter Pan story read by Tim Curry, what could be better? Wonderful classic story, plus Tim’s voice really helps you to relax.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Full of fun and adventure! This book is FUN! The storyline takes one turn after another and it is an adventure to follow Peter Pan, but also contains some important issues and lessons. A timeless classic that never gets old ;)
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Dear Favourite My favourite book of all time. I simply love the characters and tone of the writing, and wish dearly that I had more stories about the mermaids and pirates. A treasure for any bookshelf and reading table!
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Dear Favourite My favourite book of all time. I simply love the characters and tone of the writing, and wish dearly that I had more stories about the mermaids and pirates. A treasure for any bookshelf and reading table!
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Dear Favourite My favourite book of all time. I simply love the characters and tone of the writing, and wish dearly that I had more stories about the mermaids and pirates. A treasure for any bookshelf and reading table!
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good This just brought me back to my childhood, was so much fun to read.
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a fan.... It took me two weeks to read this seemingly short story, and I didn't like it at all. I will stick to watching the movie with my kids.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Fantastic story, full of imagination, a total classic!
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very interesting, but a little dated I enjoyed reading this, but there's so much that makes it unsuitable for today's kids.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastical and wonderous I love the characterization of Peter, but I found the last chapter to be a little odd. I would have preferred if the last chapter wasn't there (like how they performed it for only ONE play).
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! One of my childhood favourites that I still enjoy today.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful cover I've always loved the story of Peter pan, whether its reading it or watching the movie. I am trying to grow a collection of my favourite (classic) books with beautiful covers, so I had to pick this one up.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Confusing I found it quite confusing and a bit too advanced for small kids. The ending was the worst part. I think modernized mediums of this story are much better for young children these days. This book worked for 1911, but not now.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oh Peter... I absolutely adore my paperback Puffin Chalk edition, it is beautiful! I enjoyed the story, but I must admit that I kept comparing it to film versions of Peter Pan I've come to know and love. Sadly, the original Peter was a bit of a disappointment - he's just not quite as amazing as the Disney cartoon character. The story was also a bit darker and more violent than I was expecting. That's not to say that it isn't suitable for children, just that Disney, obviously, made their version much more pleasant. Overall, a good adventure story which I am happy that I have finally read. There is an underlying tone that left me feeling sad, but I still enjoyed the book.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Peter Pan I absolutely LOVED Peter Pan. I had never read the original and only know the Disney version, so this version struck me as a bit darker. That being said, the themes were the same and I suspect children would probably find this version more engaging. What a wonderful novel!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this! Peter Pan is a story i have always adored and so i took it upon myself to finally read the novel, and can i just say, that it was amazing. Definitely left me in tears, and I'm an adult. A must read for any grown up fan.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Classic, But Not a Young Children's Book "Peter Pan" is a great fairy-tale about a young body that does not want to grow up. I think many people's first introductions to this story was through movies about him such as Disney's flick by the same title. When I sat down to read this book, I noticed that the language had a different flow to it and word choice that is not used in modern day (which is not bad). In a way, that kind of helped with the mood of the book. Since I am an adult reading a children's story, it makes sense that is might be a bit difficult for me to understand due to my age. For course, the language was not a problem when the book was first published and this affect has only occurred because of the changes that come with time. Something to note as well, "Peter Pan" was originally a play that was adapted into a book due to its growing popularity (it was custom to see a play and read a book, so play text were rarely published to the public). The book is wordy and the language is dated, but the story is timeless and produces this wonder that lives within us all. Not necessarily a bed time story for little ones because (1) it is a chapter book, (2) the end of chapters are generally cliff hangers, (3) does lull at times, and (4) there is talk of the blood when killing. So avoid the nightmares and read this too yourself as a bed time story! Maybe read the shorter, cleaner version many children's authors write now. Chapters/Indigo/Coles has a wide select of these so pick your favourite for your kids, but pick this book for you.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a must read I loved the cover of the book. It was such an enjoyable and fun read and I loved re-reading it as an adult and remembering how imaginative and beautiful it really was
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love this Edition! I purchased two copies of this edition of the wonderful Peter Pan, and am likely to purchase more for the young readers in my life. These hardcovers are beautiful and durable. A great fit for the young reader in your life!
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read This was a very well written story. I love the way the author captures how imaginative young minds are through this classically written fable.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic A classic read, you can judge this book by its super ornate decorative cover, thick pages, grab some tea and snuggle up with this whimsical read.
Date published: 2016-12-10
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
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Peter Pan Actually reading the original story is rather shocking. On one level it is just a fun story of adventure -- the obvious -- but this book is also filled with dark undercurrents of cruel satire. Much different from the Disney version. While an adult may appreciate some of the mockery of people's foibles and of society, I find it difficult to accept that this is a book published for children.
Date published: 1999-03-05

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CHAPTER 1 _______ PETER BREAKS THROUGH   ALL CHILDREN, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, “Oh, why can't you remain like this for ever!” This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end.   Of course they lived at 14, and until Wendy came her mother was the chief one. She was a lovely lady, with a romantic mind and such a sweet mocking mouth. Her romantic mind was like the tiny boxes, one within the other, that come from the puzzling East, however many you discover there is always one more; and her sweet mocking mouth had one kiss on it that Wendy could never get, though there it was, perfectly conspicuous in the righthand corner.   The way Mr. Darling won her was this: the many gentlemen who had been boys when she was a girl discovered simultaneously that they loved her, and they all ran to her house to propose to her except Mr. Darling, who took a cab and nipped in first, and so he got her. He got all of her, except the innermost box and the kiss. He never knew about the box, and in time he gave up trying for the kiss. Wendy thought Napoleon could have got it, but I can picture him trying, and then going off in a passion, slamming the door.   Mr. Darling used to boast to Wendy that her mother not only loved him but respected him. He was one of those deep ones who know about stocks and shares. Of course no one really knows, but he quite seemed to know, and he often said stocks were up and shares were down in a way that would have made any woman respect him.   Mrs. Darling was married in white, and at first she kept the books perfectly, almost gleefully, as if it were a game, not so much as a brussels sprout was missing; but by and by whole cauliflowers dropped out, and instead of them there were pictures of babies without faces. She drew them when she should have been totting up. They were Mrs. Darling's guesses.   Wendy came first, then John, then Michael.   For a week or two after Wendy came it was doubtful whether they would be able to keep her, as she was another mouth to feed. Mr. Darling was frightfully proud of her, but he was very honourable, and he sat on the edge of Mrs. Darling's bed, holding her hand and calculating expenses, while she looked at him imploringly. She wanted to risk it, come what might, but that was not his way; his way was with a pencil and a piece of paper, and if she confused him with suggestions he had to begin at the beginning again.   “Now don't interrupt,” he would beg of her. “I have one pound seventeen here, and two and six at the office; I can cut off my coffee at the office, say ten shillings, making two nine and six, with your eighteen and three makes three nine seven, with five naught naught in my cheque-book makes eight nine seven—who is that moving?—eight nine seven, dot and carry seven—don't speak, my own—and the pound you lent to that man who came to the door—quiet, child—dot and carry child—there, you've done it!—did I say nine nine seven? yes, I said nine nine seven; the question is, can we try it for a year on nine nine seven?”   “Of course we can, George,” she cried. But she was prejudiced in Wendy's favour, and he was really the grander character of the two.   “Remember mumps,” he warned her almost threateningly, and off he went again. “Mumps one pound, that is what I have put down, but I daresay it will be more like thirty shillings—don't speak—measles one five, German measles half a guinea, makes two fifteen six—don't waggle your finger—whooping-cough, say fifteen shillings”—and so on it went, and it added up differently each time; but at last Wendy just got through, with mumps reduced to twelve six, and the two kinds of measles treated as one.   There was the same excitement over John, and Michael had even a narrower squeak; but both were kept, and soon you might have seen the three of them going in a row to Miss Fulsom's Kindergarten school, accompanied by their nurse.   Mrs. Darling loved to have everything just so, and Mr. Darling had a passion for being exactly like his neighbours; so, of course, they had a nurse. As they were poor, owing to the amount of milk the children drank, this nurse was a prim Newfoundland dog, called Nana who had belonged to no one in particular until the Darlings engaged her. She had always thought children important, however, and the Darlings had become acquainted with her in Kensington Gardens, where she spent most of her spare time peeping into perambulators, and was much hated by careless nursemaids, whom she followed to their homes and complained of to their mistresses. She proved to be quite a treasure of a nurse. How thorough she was at bath-time; and up at any moment of the night if one of her charges made the slightest cry. Of course, her kennel was in the nursery. She had a genius for knowing when a cough is a thing to have no patience with and when it needs stocking around your throat. She believed to her last day in old-fashioned remedies like rhubarb leaf, and made sounds of contempt over all this new-fangled talk about germs, and so on. It was a lesson in propriety to see her escorting the children to school, walking sedately by their side when they were well behaved, and butting them back into line if they strayed. On John's soccer days she never once forgot his sweater, and she usually carried an umbrella in her mouth in case of rain. There is a room in the basement of Miss Fulsom's school where the nurses wait. They sat on forms, while Nana lay on the floor, but that was the only difference. They affected to ignore her as of an inferior social status to themselves, and she despised their light talk. She resented visits to the nursery from Mrs. Darling's friends, but if they did come she first whipped off Michael's pinafore and put him into the one with blue braiding, and smoothed out Wendy and made a dash at John's hair.   No nursery could possibly have been conducted more correctly, and Mr. Darling knew it, yet he sometimes wondered uneasily whether the neighbours talked.   He had his position in the city to consider.   Nana also troubled him in another way. He had sometimes a feeling that she did not admire him. “I know she admires you tremendously, George,” Mrs. Darling would assure him, and then she would sign to the children to be specially nice to father. Lovely dances followed, in which the only other servant, Liza, was sometimes allowed to join. Such a midget she looked in her long skirt and maid's cap, though she had sworn, when engaged, that she would never see ten again. The gaiety of these romps! And gayest of all was Mrs. Darling, who would pirouette so wildly that all you could see of her was the kiss, and then if you had dashed at her you might have got it. There never was a simpler happier family until the coming of Peter Pan.   Mrs. Darling first heard of Peter when she was tidying up her children's minds. It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day. If you could keep awake (but of course you can't) you would see your own mother doing this, and you would find it very interesting to watch her. It is quite like tidying up drawers. You would see her on her knees, I expect, lingering humorously over some of your contents, wondering where on earth you had picked this thing up, making discoveries sweet and not so sweet, pressing this to her cheek as if it were as nice as a kitten, and hurriedly stowing that out of sight. When you wake in the morning, the naughtiness and evil passions with which you went to bed have been folded up small and placed at the bottom of your mind; and on the top, beautifully aired, are spread out your prettier thoughts, ready for you to put on.   I don't know whether you have ever seen a map of a person's mind. Doctors sometimes draw maps of other parts of you, and your own map can become intensely interesting, but catch them trying to draw a map of a child's mind, which is not only confused, but keeps going round all the time. There are zigzag lines on it, just like your temperature on a card, and these are probably roads in the island; for the Neverland is always more or less an island, with astonishing splashes of colour here and there, and coral reefs and rakish-looking craft in the offing, and savages and lonely lairs, and gnomes who are mostly tailors, and caves through which a river runs, and princes with six elder brothers, and a hut fast going to decay, and one very small old lady with a hooked nose. It would be an easy map if that were all; but there is also first day at school, religion, fathers, the round pond, needlework, murders, hangings, verbs that take the dative, chocolate pudding day, getting into braces, say ninety-nine, three-pence for pulling out your tooth yourself, and so on; and either these are part of the island or they are another map showing through, and it is all rather confusing, especially as nothing will stand still.  

From Our Editors

Junior Booklovers Contest Winner Hannah, age 14, London, ONOne of the most brilliant books I have ever read, Peter Pan continues to enchant the minds of young and old alike, even a century later. The tale is beautifully woven and the outdated style in which it is written is perfectly charming with all its odd sayings and delicious metaphors. J.M. Barrie brings to life a world where you never have to grow old and where adults are the bad guys and kids are in charge. The story of Peter and Wendy is everything a fairytale should be and is sweet in its childlike innocence, but the island of Neverland is the crowning touch in an already fantastic story. It's a place where adventures lie in wait around every corner and where dreams come true if you only let your imagination take hold.

Editorial Reviews

“Barrie wrote his fantasy of childhood, added another figure to our enduring literature, and thereby undoubtedly made one of the boldest bids for immortality of any writer. . . . It is a masterpiece.”—J. B. Priestley