Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit: Peter Pan


How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!


Peter Pan, the book based on J.M. Barrie’s famous play, is filled with unforgettable characters: Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up; the fairy, Tinker Bell; the evil pirate, Captain Hook; and the three children–Wendy, John, and Michael–who fly off with Peter Pan to Neverland, where they meet Indians and pirates and a crocodile that ticks.


For years and years I have been familiar with the Disney film of Peter Pan and the stage adaptation. For this month’s kid-lit challenge (we’ve just fit it in!) we decided that we should read the novel of Peter Pan. I’m so glad I did, because I think it’s got such charm. Its story is still relevant to children today, although I’m sure they’d prefer to watch the Disney film instead!

I think almost everybody knows the story of Peter Pan in one form or another (and if you don’t…where on earth have you been?!). Peter Pan is the immortal, flying boy who never grows up that lives in Neverland with The Lost Boys battling pirates! Wendy Darling is one night woken up by a strange boy in her room that has lost his shadow. That boy of course is Peter Pan. He is often outside eavesdropping on the bedtime stories told. Peter Pan decides to whisk Wendy and her brothers Michael and John off to Neverland so Wendy can tell some bedtime stories to Peter and his friends.

Of course, Neverland isn’t exactly a safe place. There’s a pirate ship there, with plenty of pirates led by Captain Hook. Captain Hook is after Peter Pan and The Lost Boys, so there is much danger ahead for the children. Will Peter be able to save The Darlings and The Lost Boys?

As with many older classic children’s books, J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan is actually quite a dark tale. Tinkerbell in particular is a naughty little pixie. I forgot how scheming she was. I think Peter Pan has definitely got a bittersweet feel to it.

Peter Pan is a brilliant fantasy story for children and adults alike. There are so many wonderful, colourful characters. It’s an odd, quirky story which still seems relevant, if a little old fashioned today.

For Beth’s review, please check out her wonderful review on her blog HERE

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Next Up In Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit Challenge:
The Wind In The Willows- Kenneth Grahame

3 thoughts on “Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit: Peter Pan

  1. I think there are many different versions of this story (my copy was different to my mother’s) but you hit the nail on the head about it being darker than you’d think. Tinkerbell is the prototype for all the spoilt girls in the world and Peter Pan is the commitment-phobe boys that got their name long after J.M. Barrie wrote the play.

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