Peter Pan, Hardback Book
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Peter Pan and Tinkerbell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland - the island where the lost boys play.

Magic and mischief is in the air but if villainous Captain Hook has his way, before long someone will be swimming with the crocodiles . . .


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic
  • ISBN: 9780141329819

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I didn't actually read this edition, but rather, I read an abridged edition aloud to my son. It has been a very long time since I've read Peter Pan in its entirety, although as my son has gotten interested in the character, we have watched the Disney movie and then read the abridged version of the novel.The story holds up. My son is still fascinated by the character of Peter Pan and his adversary, Captain Hook. He enjoys the adventures on the island. As an adult reader, I was disturbed at how Indians (albeit fantasy-land Indians, rather than genuine Native Americans) were portrayed, as well as some of the female-male stereotyping (although the Disney movie is much worse in that regard). In those ways, the story is dated.What struck me the most, though, is how bloodthirsty this story is. Peter does not just play at sword-fighting; he kills people (mainly pirates). Also, I did identify with the poor mother who was left behind, wondering for weeks or maybe even months where her children went to. Although, in hindsight, maybe they shouldn't have employed a dog as a governess. These things did not seem to concern my son at all.Overall, this is still a ripping good children's adventure story, and it does really capture that tension between wanting to grow up and wanting to stay a child forever better than almost any children's book I can think of. Modern parents should be aware of stereotypes and violence, which may require softening.