Peter Pan flies again


Growing up, Peter Pan was one of my favorite fairy tale classics. I remember having a well-thumbed Little Golden Book of the Disney cartoon, which was also a great favorite of mine. I  also remember playing Peter Pan with my younger brother  — he was Michael, I was Wendy, and we had an imaginary Peter Pan. I would sprinkle some baby powder around us then we would romp about pretending to fly, chorusing, “second star to the right and straight on ’til morning!”

When I was in second grade, I also faithfully watched Saban’s The Adventures of Peter Pan (Peter Pan No Boken), which came on every morning at ten-thirty.  It was a great series with lots of little stories, but I really loved the character of Luna, the princess of darkness and the scary elements her story added to the cartoon. I was so obsessed with the cartoon that my mom bought me the Peter Pan book by Apple Classics, and I read it from cover to cover in one sitting.

Steven Spielberg’s “Hook” is also another favorite from childhood. I really loved Tinkerbell in this movie, especially when she says to Peter, “You know that place between sleep and awake? That place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you, Peter Pan. That’s where I’ll be waiting.” Aww…

Anyway, this love for Peter Pan drew me to Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s retelling of  the classic story of the boy who never grows old, starting with Peter and the Starcatchers (book #107 for 2009).

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Making Mischief by Elizabeth Young

I can’t quite give a summary so here’s the back of the book description:

Abby Morland’s been making mischief since she was not-so-sweet sixteen, when she spied gorgeous Guy from the neighborhood being attacked by curvaceous Cara, the “Topless Piranha.” It was a racy, tasty, spicy piece of gossip Abby couldn’t resist passing along. But years later, her indiscretion may be coming back to haunt her — since she now wouldn’t mind a little nibble of Guy herself. With four cousins, two weddings, and a re-emergent piranha in the offing, the recipe for making more mischief is at hand, and it might just turn Guy in Abby’s direction at last!

It would have been funny, because the characters are charming, but I think the author went overboard with the plotline — it was just too complicated. There’s Cara the piranha, then there’s the riotous wedding, then there’s the family tradition of boyfriend-stealing subplot, and there’s the adorable little brother that brings Mr. Right closer to home…. One at a time, they’d have made a great story, but all together, they’re quite chaotic. There are enough characters to fill a school bus, and it just takes so long for the necessary action to take off that it can be quite dragging.

It’s just a long way to happily ever after.

My copy: trade paperback, from the NBS bargain bin

My rating: 3/5 stars

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