Barrie, J. M. Peter Pan, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. Atheneum Books for Young Children (Simon), 2014. $24.99. 200 pages. Violence: PG. Sexual content: G. Language: PG (5 swears).
The real Peter Pan isn’t quite like the fellow you’ve seen in Disney’s movie. He perhaps the most conceited character I have ever read in print. Still, Neverland and the magic of imagination still shine through after more than a century after his creation. Because the age of the book, it is not surprising that it is not politically correct: being sexist, racist, and more than a little chauvinist. Fans of Peter Pan will no doubt like to read the real story and find out what really happened to Wendy, John, Michael, and the lost boys. The illustrations are a reprint from 1980. Illustrator Trina Schart Hyman used India ink for the black and white drawings, giving them a historical look from an early age. The full color illustrations are done in acrylic and are imaginative and detailed. The characters are familiar in some ways, yet in others entirely new. This is a beautiful edition that would make a great gift for everyone who has not yet grown up, no matter their age.
EL-ADVISABLE. Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.