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Publishers Weekly Review
A number of classic children's books return in milestone and reissued editions for a new generation. J.M. Barrie's enchanting Peter Pan: 100th Anniversary Edition features a large trim for reading aloud and rich, detailed illustrations by Michael Hague (which he originally published in 1987). Peter Pan's flyaway red hair and tattered garment of "skeleton leaves and the juices that ooze out of trees" capture the free spirit of the boy who refused to grow up. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
School Library Journal Review
Gr 3-6-The story of Peter Pan, that little boy who just wouldn't grow up, has been a childhood staple for years. Though countless film and musical adaptations ensure that most children will be familiar with the basic story of how Peter arrives on the scene, taking Wendy, John, and Michael Darling to Neverland for adventures with mermaids, pirates, and Indians, the original story is in many ways darker and more poignant (as well as more whimsical) than many will remember. Barrie is also droll, and many adults will appreciate his piquant jabs at Edwardian society and mores, which will fly over the heads of most children. This particular edition of the classic, originally published in 1980 and now in print again, features mesmerizing, nostalgia-inducing illustrations from Caldecott winner Hyman. Black-and-white images rendered in India ink and full-color acrylic paintings depict well-known scenes-the Darling children taking flight, Peter in combat with the villainous Captain Hook-mixing in just a hint of menace (the pirates are certainly fearsome, and even Peter looks quite feral, more fairy than boy). This enchanting version soars. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Gr. 4-6. Peter Pan's back in the spotlight with the recent Michael Hague edition of the Barrie story (Booklist 84:700 D 15 87) and now this newly illustrated version by Ormerod. Unlike the lush, fairy-tale graphics that Hague supplies, these pictures are stylized art nouveau illustrations. The colorplates are eye-catching, inventive pieces, although many of the black-and-white sketches are spare offerings with little child appeal. Libraries may want Hague's book as their first choice, but those desiring several editions will find this an attractive alternative. IC. [OCLC]
Horn Book Review
The classic [cf2]Peter Pan[cf1] story, in Barrie's original whimsical text, is reprinted here, matched in style and imagination by Vess's black-and-white chapter-head illustrations and periodic interior art. Peter is feral and swashbuckling, the pirates are satisfyingly piratical, and the children are at once brave and innocent. Vess's compositions are dynamic and alive; it's a pity there isn't more art. From HORN BOOK Spring 2004, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Book Review
An unusually large, attractive, unabridged edition with dozens of full-page illustrations and smaller vignettes. In style, Gustafson's lusty oil paintings of the pirates are akin to N. C. Wyeth's, though they have more the flavor of compelling dramatic play than real menace. His slim, round-faced, rosy children and cozy interiors are closer to Wyeth's gifted student, Jessie Wilcox Smith, while the ethereal yet mischievous fairy folk recall Rackham. This is not to suggest that the result is merely derivative, in the manner of Michael Hague; Gustafson is a talented craftsman who skillfully melds his references to past greats to create an appropriately traditional style that has enough of a contemporary aura (especially in the characterizations) for broad popular appeal. An endpaper map of ``The Neverland'' and meticulous renditions of intriguing details add to the drama and fun. A perfect gift for a family that reads aloud. (Fiction. 5+)
El extravagente y a ratos encantador personaje de Barrie ha entrado a formar parte del olimpo literario donde reinan El principito, los Hijos del capitán Grant, Mowgli La Rana, Robinson Crusoe y Viernes, y Alicia y la Oruga. Peter Pan y Wendy es un relato mágico y septentrional cuyo personaje presenta aspectos tan contradictorios, que el lector oscila entre el regocijo y la admiración, pero también entre la cólera y el asco, ante las aventuras del niño maravilloso.