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Join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the beloved classic tale of Peter Pan, with this gorgeous storybook containing the unabridged, original text complemented by luminous new art.

The beloved story of the boy who won't grow up is brought to life in this sumptuous edition illustrated with stunning full-color art.

When Peter Pan pays a visit to the Darling children,
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Orchard Books (first published 1911)
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K.D. Absolutely
Nov 06, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books
Shelves: 501, childrens
A story of a dead child and a mother who is missing him.

Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937), a Scottish, wrote this book in 1902 for an older brother, David (his mother's favorite) who died in an ice-skating accident the day before he turned 14. Thus, in his mother's mind, David always stayed as a young boy who would not grow up. J. M. Barrie, a middle-child and then only 6 years old, tried to assume David's place in his mother's heart by wearing the latter's clothes and speaking and sounding l
Sep 24, 2008 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My children wanted to do our read aloud outside this evening. So we went on the patio and I began reading "Peter Pan." I read about how the mermaids would play with the bubbles, but when the children would come they would all disappear, but they would secretly watch. Pretty soon I hear over the fence our 11 year old neighbor boy say, "Is that Peter Pan?" "Yes," I say, "Would you like to come listen?" "I've been listening from here," he says. So I go on and read about Wendy's rule that all the bo ...more
Jan 13, 2009 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I've never actually read Peter Pan until now. I'd seen the Disney version, but this is both more charming and more sinister than that. There are lots of sweet little details, like mothers tidying up their children's thoughts, and the kiss on the corner of Mrs Darling's mouth.

But Peter is a monstrous sort of figure when you get past the romance of Neverland. He's a wild boy, selfish and cocky. Instead of being a kind of example of innocent childhood, he almost brings to mind the
Mar 28, 2009 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club, fantasy
I was surprised by this book in many good ways. I was expecting something that glorified the Child and its imagination, and perhaps cursed the unstoppable destruction of our Childinity. I was surprised to see this was not truly so. Barrie loves the Child, but he does not hide its foolishness, its selfishness, its ignorance. The Child in this is almost pre-moral. They have some understanding of villainy, but do not grasp the virtue of a hero. Barrie deems a key attribute to being a child as being ...more
Wendy Darling
Of course in the end, Wendy let them fly away together. Our last glimpse of her shows her at the window, watching them receding into the sky until they were as small as stars.

Reread in preparation for Neverland this coming weekend!
Sep 06, 2008 Brad rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure I can see why Peter Pan is such a beloved "classic." J.M. Barrie's story of 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; ther
Oct 25, 2014 Ariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Things that are great:
1) All of these tiny details that Barrie added in that just make everything feel really intricate.
2) Peter Pan is the most bizarre and interesting characters ever.
3) The whole concept of Neverland being fact of fiction? Fascinating.
4) The parents. WOAH SO INTERESTING.
5) I listened to an audiobook version while reading along which was read by Jim Dale and OMGSOGOOD.
6) The magic.
7) The pirates.
8) Understanding why Tinker Bell is called Tinker Bel
Vane J.
Dec 12, 2015 Vane J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“All children, except one, grow up”

When I was a kid, I used to think Peter Pan was fantastic. He didn't grow and could do everything he wanted without parents scolding him. After some years I started to be more wary about him. I didn't like how reckless he was and how he lured little children out of their beds. That was my conception of him before starting this book. And indeed, he was a bit like that.

You see, the Disney movie isn't really that far from the original story. The difference is tha
Apr 10, 2008 Janene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
This was such a treat! Three things: 1. It made me realize what a perfect Pan-type Peter I married, so many similarities, some that made me laugh out loud. 2. It made me want to look into my 4-yr-old's imaginitive eyes a little longer. 3. I also occasionally picked up my 20-month-old while sleeping just to rock and enjoy him for extra minutes.

This book just so fully captures childhood and the problem of growing up, in a witty way. If you've never read it, really you must! The edition we own is
Dec 22, 2008 Noelani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book of all time. When you grow up with the "overly-nice" Disney version of the story, picking up this book for the first time can be quite a shock. The book will also shatter the image that most girls have of Tinkerbell but personally-I prefer the original. Johnny Corkscrew, Peter's idea of a kiss, sewing on a shadow, sifting through the thoughts of your children as they sleep... So many things about this book are missed by those who never bother to pick it up because they " ...more
Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*
"Dear Peter Pan,

What I would give to fly away with you! And to go to Neverland.

Love, Audrey"


"To die will be an awfully big adventure."

When you hear the name Peter Pan and Wendy, what does it remind you of? Happiness, childhood, innocence, flying away, love, and so much more right?

That's exactly what this book makes you feel. It is beautiful and magical.The writing is amazing and it is so easy to understand. It makes you feel like you are living in the book and you are either: the Lost Boy
May 10, 2013 Steph rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, let me make it clear that there is actually more than one J M Barrie 'Peter Pan' story (something that I did not initially realise). There is 'Peter Pan and Wendy,' which is the story we are all familiar with (immortalised - inaccurately - by Disney); there is 'Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens,' which tells the story of him as a baby with the lost boys when he was originally abandoned, (which I have not yet read) and then 'The Little White Bird' (which I have not read either), but is a s ...more
All these years I've travelled far away from the Peter Pan phenomenon, from Disney to the numerous movies inspired by the novel (the only thing I remember is that great attraction in Disneyland Paris where you're surrounded by stars and you fly in the Jolly Roger - but I think I digress). I still don't understand how I could have avoided such a masterpiece at school, or how nobody ever told me before to put down my cartoons and go read something that important.

Everything involved here is so bea
Mark Lawrence
Nov 29, 2015 Mark Lawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this to Celyn. It's a short book. Google tells me 47,000 words but it felt shorter than that.

Many of us know the story second hand through cartoons, Hollywood adaptations, and picture-books. The original item is not that dissimilar, though it's a fair bit more brutal that the cartoons and having been published in 1911 it's 100 years out of date when it comes to Native Americans!

The first thing to note is that it's not just the Never-Land that has a surreal, imaginary feel to it. The Darli
Zoë (readbyzoe)
Mar 25, 2015 Zoë (readbyzoe) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 29/100
I absolutely love the movie Finding Neverland and always felt a bit stupid for not having read the story that inspired it. Peter Pan turned out to be exactly what I thought it would be: A rich and extremely imaginary fairy tale with some surprisingly brutal scenes and questionable morals that definitely have to be seen within its time of creation.
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This edition of Peter Pan contains the text of J.M. Barrie's 1911 novel, "Peter and Wendy", which he wrote from his earlier play of 1904. The character of Peter Pan, the little boy who wouldn't grow up, had already made an appearance in an earlier work by J.M. Barrie, "The Little White Bird" (1902). There continue to be many retellings of this magical story, and Peter is himself a timeless figure; one of the best-loved characters in children's literature. There is maybe a little of Peter in ever ...more
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 kn ...more
Aug 27, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theclassics, own
I read Peter Pan for the first time about five years ago, aloud to my kids. They couldn't follow it, I thought it was okay. It was a paperback with the movie tie-in cover. Then I saw this gorgeous, illustrated, three-dimensional version at Costco and thought, Ah, why not? The "Pan" movie is coming out, my kids love the Tinker Bell movies on Disney Channel, they might as well see what started it all.

I really loved this. There's something about having illustrations, and little quotes picked out f
All children, except one, grow up.

Thus begins the most classic piece of children's literature of all-time. Written with such delicate embellishments the language is a wonder in itself, and you will find yourself sighing with delight at the stunning metaphors and fanciful explanations.
The story is naturally as immortal as Peter Pan himself, and every child should have the pleasure of taking off to Neverland along with him. Neverland is the perfect idealization of every child's imaginative dre
I'll start with the cons so we can end on a happy note.

This book is weird and sexist. It's been ages since I saw the Disney version, so I don't remember all those sketchy parts of the story.

This is such a sweet, sad fairy tale about the pains of growing up, and at the same time it's a bittersweet love story.

I love how flight is used as a symbol for youth:
It is sad to have to say that the power to fly gradually left them. At first Nana tied their feet to the bed-posts so that they shou

Peter Pan is the classic tale of the boy who never grew up. In essence one could take this as a metaphor for immaturity, for there is certainly a difference between any man aging physically, mentally or emotionally. In my re-reading of this novel, I found that this theme stood out to me a lot more, along with several other, more sinister themes regarding parenthood and social acceptability. The overall message conveyed by Barrie appears to be one of conformity, not one of self discovery. Yet thi
Dec 14, 2007 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The last three books I finished were all trauma-related nonfiction. So one morning before work, I scanned my shelves hoping to find something I hadn't read four times already, to occupy my morning commute - something light and untraumatic. Classic fiction for children seemed like a good idea, so I pulled down this copy of Peter Pan that I've had since about fifth grade.

I soon remembered why my fifth grade self couldn't stomach finishing even Chapter Three. By that point, Peter has managed to tur
Dec 22, 2010 Lynai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rachel Hartman
I just read this for the first time - can you believe it? I knew the story, of course. I saw the Disney movie way back when, and probably some spin-offs too (Hook? Was that one?). And I may even have seen the play, or part of it. But I'd never read the book itself.

It was cute. I was really intrigued by the way the author asserts that children are wee narcissistic sociopaths - and here he is saying it right to his (young) readers' faces, confident that it will go over their heads. And I'm sure it
Jan 21, 2015 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Wow, I actually really loved this! I literally couldn't put it down!
Feb 12, 2014 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amber by: Becca
This was my first time reading the original and uncut story of Peter Pan. It was recommended to me at the All About Books Book club by one of my book club buddies there. I decided to read this after I read The Child Thiefby Brom which is my favorite version of Peter Pan so far after he said that reading this book inspired him to write The Child Thief. He said there was a line in this book that piqued his interest and that had him questioning why that happened. He wrote all about that in the afte ...more
Aug 21, 2014 Reddish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Yo, personalmente, he crecido con las películas de Disney, y al leer las versiones originales de los cuentos, me estoy quedando un poco alucinada viendo como cambian la verdadera historia. Aunque tal vez las originales sean un poco bestias, son preferibles -a mi parecer, claro-. Me he dado cuenta que en el caso de Peter Pan, El País de Nunca Jamás está bajo una gran dictadura, en el sentido teórico de la palabra, es decir; todo gira alrededor de Pan. Si él cree que algo no está bien será mejor q ...more
Rachel Gunter
Dec 01, 2015 Rachel Gunter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Pan is a children's classic that I've wanted to read for years now and I finally got around to reading it. I read it as part Dewey's 24 hours readathon. I really enjoyed Peter Pan, even though I went into it knowing the basic storyline there was a still a lot of it that was new to me. In many ways it was quite different to what I expected! It was quite brutal at times, the way some of the characters were very nonchalant about killing enemies such as pirates, or the island's tribes was a bi ...more
Aug 22, 2015 Aldrin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“We are never allowed to forget that some books are badly written; we should remember that sometimes they’re badly read, too.” I am reminded of this, another quotable quote by Nich Hornby, one of my favorite contemporary writers, not long after finishing Peter Pan, a novel by one of his fellow Britons. The novel was not badly written, by J.M. Barrie. Rather, it was badly read, unfortunately, by me.

I got my copy of Peter Pan, sporting a beautiful cover illustration drawn by a 10-year-old, from a
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Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.

The child of a family of small-town weavers, he was educated in Scotland. He moved to London, where he developed a career as a novelist and playwright. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him in writing about a baby boy who has
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