The Book That Made Me: James Mayhew 17/07/19
Publisher: Nosy Crow
One magical night, a young boy called Peter Pan flies in through Wendy, John and Michael’s bedroom window, only to be shooed away by their mother, Mrs Darling.
Peter accidentally leaves his shadow behind and when he sneaks back to retrieve it, he begs the Darling children to accompany him to Neverland and meet his friends, the Lost Boys. They readily agree and are swiftly spirited away from their London home by fairy dust and happy thoughts. Arriving in Neverland, they have some remarkable adventures, involving fairies, mermaids and a band of dastardly pirates, led by the fearsome Captain Hook.
In this delightful gift edition, J M Barrie’s classic tale about the boy who wouldn’t grow up is simplified and told entirely in verse, while still retaining the magical joy of the original. The narrative touches on some complex emotions, such as Tinker Bell’s fierce jealousy of Wendy and Peter’s deep sadness that he does not have a mother, yet the tone remains lighthearted and carefree.
The rhyming text is wonderful to read aloud and the enchanting full-page illustrations bring the adventure to life for a younger audience.