Title: Peter and The Starcatchers
Author: Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Series: Peter and the Starcatchers #1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: May 1, 2006
Peter and the Starcatchers is fabulous retelling of the beloved Peter Pan fairy tale. The first in the series, this story sets up this wonderfully frightening world for us. We get to meet a cast of characters, many of which we know from the Peter Pan we have come to know and love - with a twist, and some new ones we have never had the pleasure of meeting before.
In this story, we learn how Peter and the other orphan boys come to be on Neverland. We also learn why Peter is enemy number one with the Captain Black Stache and the pirates. As well, we are introduced to group of characters we have never met before in any Peter Pan story, Molly and the rest of the Starcatchers.
I will be honest with you, the Peter Pan story was never on, or even near, the top of my favorite fairy tale stories. However, I was still very much able to get into this story and enjoyed watching it evolve. I found it fun trying to guess who the characters in this story were portraying from the original story. It was quite interesting to see how the authors tied their versions of the characters to their original counterparts. It was all very imaginative and very well done.
I found this book to be slightly darker than I thought it would be, but overall, it wasn't that dark. There were no overly gory details. You had the bad guys being bad guys and pirates being pirates, but it was not inappropriately done for the age range this book was intended for. That being said, as an adult I still found this book very engaging without those kinds of details.
This story was not without its faults. I found there to be some slow points and there were some parts where they story was not really able to hold my attention, but over all it was really good. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.