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Peter Pan (Penguin Popular Classics) [Paperback]

J. M. Barrie
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25 Jan 2007 Penguin Popular Classics
It was Friday night. Mr and Mrs Darling were dining out. Nana had been tied up in the backyard. The poor dog was barking, for she could smell danger. And she was right - this was the night that Peter Pan would take the Darling children on the most breath-taking adventure of their lives, to a place called Neverland, a strange country where the lost boys live and never grow up, a land with mermaids, fairies and pirates - and of course the terrible, evil, Captain Hook. Peter Pan is undoubtedly one of the most famous and best-loved stories for children, an unforgettable, magical fantasy which has been enjoyed by generations.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (25 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140621415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140621419
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.7 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All children, except one, grow up. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A new edition for this classic favourite, with a beautiful new cover to make it the perfect companion to Peter Pan in Scarlet --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An edition to be treasured -- exquisite! 14 April 2003
By tobe
Format:Hardcover
A large, hardback edition of this classic story, Cooper Evans' "Peter Pan" includes the most exquisite, original illustrations, in marvellous Deco/nouveau styles. These illustrations are a selection of contemporary ones, from the original stage production flyers, to the early, classic editions of the story itself in 1911.
The book itself is a treasurable edition, itself well-produced and glossy.
In addition, the text faithfully reproduces the author's first-edition grammar, story and spellings, and splits it into the original chapters.
This books is perfect for someone who wants to give this wonderful title as a gift, to recapture the magic and avoid Disney-style illustrations. It's not a book for toddlers, however, as the story is too complex & wordy, and the book too pretty for jam fingers. Children from around 5 or 6 years of age will appreciate it, right through to adults.
One thing that this republishing of original text highlights is just how witty and sharp the writing is, and what sophisticated stories we used to share with our children.
(If you do buy it, have a look at the fabulous, glamorous, Diva-esque depiction of Tinkerbell on page 32!)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars at last the full story - again! 28 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
For those who have never read J. M. Barrie's long, quirky & involved story of a boy who can fly, loses his shadow & talks with fairies & the girl who befriends him & learns to fly too. It's all there & I was surprised at how long it is. It could take a month of daily reading to your children to finish it!
This complete & unabridged original tale of Neverland(no, it was not ever Never Never Land!) is rich in Victorian/Edwardian England's sense of humor & propriety; of starched strangers getting to know each other across social barriers; of precious parents torn with guilt & passionate dogs bereft of duty. Of cocky young boys & mean-spirited pirates; of exotic redskins & luring mermaids & that dreadful ticking crocodile! Certainly not for the politically correct!
It is also rich in an entirely new way for Raquel Jaramillo has set Barrie's story to photographs in an immediate, fantastically textured, dreamy & magical way. This illustrator has refreshed the images to this oft-abbreviated story & revived its delightful & scary philosophies.
Psychology & political correctness aside, Raquel Jaramillo has done well with this master storyteller's greatest tale. Adults & children alike will be able to identify with the whole cast & once again become immersed in the magic.
"Second to the right & then straight on until morning..." how many nights did I slip into sleep, murmuring that phrase & dreaming I was on my way to Neverland where the Lost Boys made their homes(after all, girls were much too clever ever to fall out of their prams & get lost!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Escapism at it's BEST!! 8 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
J.M.Barrie creates a vivid world, that is appealing to anyone with a love of adventure. His playful use of language and charming wit transport you to the most fantastical fantasy world ever; Neverland, complete with Indians, mermaids and pirates. Contrasting with the real world of the Darlings, bound with the issues of society and reputation, and a belief that all children must grow up. Fans of the new peter pan movie will be further pleased with eight wonderful colour pages of photographs.
This enchanting book is sure to captivate any reader.
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63 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what i wanted... and even more . 10 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I always new that there are many versions to "PETER PAN " I also new that a lot of this This versions are not exactly as the original story by JM BARRIE some of them are short, some of them are pop out books , some of them are for little kids , (some of them are Disney ) exe... I also new that some of them contains wonderful illustrations inside...and some are not .
When I attended to the amazon.co.uk I was asking for PETER PAN In the original version of JM BARRIE with magical illustrations inside . I had got exactly what I wanted...and even more ..
In this book you will find the version of peter pan as it was published in 1911. You can see here the original story of the boy who never grew up with very exiting descriptions and full of imagination by JM BARRIE .
And this story is full of illustrations that where taken from a lot of early editions of PETER PAN . from the beginning of the 20 century and they are not gust magical . They are full of life . it looks like they are going to move every minute and come real. And they are all deferent . you can see there illustrations of MABEL LUCIE ATWEL ,ALICE WOODWARD , FD BADFORD and some of the illustrations were made by unknown artist .
This book is very special to me and it is a grate pleasure reading it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware - this book is not as it seems !!! 21 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I did not realise that this book is a special edition when I ordered it . It is printed sideways, but not back to front which makes it very difficult to read . Because of the cover I assumed it was normal . !!!!!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A beautifully written book from start to finish. A very charming story that, although is fundamentally a children's book, has something to offer to all age groups.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL CHILDREN, EXCEPT ONE, GROW UP! 25 Jan 2005
By Wendy
Format:Paperback
The story of Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up, has been vivid in people's minds for many years. In fact, when JM Barrie wrote the story as a stageplay in 1904, I doubt he could have known or even dreamed of the success his character would eventually achieve.
Musicals, musicals, dramatisations (animated as well as real ones) have been made but still the world can't get enough of Peter Pan. Is it because he can fly? Because he stays a little boy forever? It's a tempting thought, yes, but this book shows very well the good as well as the bad sides of eternal youth.
It's true that this is no happy, merry little fairy tale. Of course, bad things happen and villains do have to be sinister and scary! Otherwise children would just laugh at them and that can't be the point. So, Peter Pan may be a little dark at times but, honestly, I think the Grimm Brothers' fairy tales are much scarier and more cruel than this simple story.
The reasons this book is for everyone is that, as a child, you mostly see the adventure and the fight of good against evil, whereas as an adult, you can see the pitiable creature that is Peter Pan. If it's only to think "Well, being grown-up isn't that bad" - read this book!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Faith Trust And Pixie Dust
Peter Pan is a great read . Whether your an adult or a child it is a thrilling magical tale about pirates, crocodiles and fairies. With a hint of faith trust and pixie dust . Read more
Published 4 days ago by Shannon Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased
It was delivered very quickly, it is in very good condition and it looks amazing. Really a nice buy and something worth owning if you like Peter Pan!
Published 1 month ago by Pieter Jan Poortmans
5.0 out of 5 stars It's an Awefully BIG Adventure
I love this book I think that I have always loved this book even after a gap of not reading this book for over 30 years you can still quite easily fall in love with it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by alan's kindle
5.0 out of 5 stars peter pan
i brought this book as a present for my grandson it is an amazing book well written and looks lovely
Published 2 months ago by Janet Bisseker
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't read the description properly
I didn't read that this book was a bed book (all printed landscape so can be read laying down). The front and back cover are very flimsy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Easy to read in bed with the layout, perfect for reading to my little one before putting him to sleep. A classic book that every parent should read to their children.
Published 2 months ago by Katy-Rose Dale
5.0 out of 5 stars Neverland
What a fantastic dream.I want to be peter.if the world was as simple as this.no wars all peace and love
Published 3 months ago by 21signals
4.0 out of 5 stars "It is only the gay and innocent and heartless who can fly."
Everybody knows and loves Peter Pan -- the immortal, flying imp who lives in a floating otherworld, battles pirates, and never has to grow up.

And J.M. Read more
Published 4 months ago by E. A Solinas
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful - This is not the book reviewed by other people!!!
Peter Pan itself is of course wonderful. But this particular edition is the worst layout I have ever seen. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars book review
peter pan is a good read and i really like the film because it was my favourite story as a child
Published 5 months ago by Biro
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