Friday, February 1, 2013

Peter and the Starcatchers Review

Note: This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Peter and the Starcatchers
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Don’t even think of starting this book unless you’re sitting in a comfortable chair and have lots of time. A fast-paced, impossible-to-put-down adventure awaits as the young orphan Peter and his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They set sail aboard the NeverLand, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious trunk in its cargo hold, and the journey quickly becomes fraught with excitement and danger.
Discover richly developed characters in the sweet but sophisticated Molly, the scary but familiar Black Stache, and the fearless Peter. Treacherous battles with pirates, foreboding thunderstorms at sea, and evocative writing immerses the reader in a story that slowly and finally reveals the secrets and mysteries of the beloved Peter Pan.

The Facts:

Inappropriate content: none (just normal pirate-y stuff). A few lines are a bit cruder than I would prefer, since the authors are catering to boys, but nothing that's a big deal.

Violence: Again, the normal pirate violence. Some shooting, swordfighting, etc.

Language: none.

My Rating: 8/10.

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book! It had been a while since I had picked up a book over 300 pages - this book is a good length, even with the large font. Barry and Pearson write with such clear, vivid language and well-written humor. This was such an interesting story - I kept snatching minutes throughout the day to read a chapter or two. The shorter chapters were definitely a plus - they made it very readable as well, which was also a pro for my younger brothers who read it before I did.

I love books that "talk to you" and treat you like a part of the story; like you belong there. This book definitely did that. I really connected with Peter - he's smart and a likeable character. Molly annoyed me a bit, though she got a bit better as the book wore on. Black Stache, however, was absolutely fabulous, and probably one of my favorite parts. ☺

This book has recently been adapted as a Broadway show, and is coming near me next year! I am so excited and will definitely try to get tickets. I also just heard that a movie is being made as well, so we may be hearing a lot about Peter Pan soon. Peter and the Starcatchers seamlessly fits as the start of a series of books describing how the boy Peter became Peter Pan. I am definitely looking forward to reading the rest!

You can read more about the book or purchase it here. It's only $5.64 on Amazon right now!
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