Tuesday 14 March 2017

Peter Pan by J M Barrie


'Just always be waiting for me, and then some night you will hear me crowing.'

When I love a film that is based on a book, I am always eager to read the book. This hasn't been more true than the case of Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie, I have searched high and low for this book for the longest time, so when I went to Central Library in Manchester at the start of the month, this book was at the top of my list to find. Luckily, they had a copy, so I snapped it up and took it out. 

I read the entire book in one sitting, which is not unusual for me when I read a Children's book, but this book was so enthralling that I couldn't put it down. The story was very similar to the beloved Disney classic, but, as always with an adapted film, there was so much more in the book. It was a wonderful book which evoked the spirit of childhood and imagination perfectly. I heard a rumour once that Peter Pan was actually Walt Disney's favourite story, and it is so easy to see why. The thing I love most about this book is that it is told in a very clever way, it follows a linear story, but each chapter is presented as a separate adventure, which also shows the playful, adventurous spirit of the book's title character. I also loved reading that this book was donated to Great Ormond Street by Barrie, which is an amazing act of kindness by the author which I knew nothing about.

Overall, I loved this book, I would 100% read it again, and it has made it's way into my list of favourite Children's books.


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