Dave Barry’s take on Peter Pan takes us back to when Peter was an orphan making a trip on a ship called The Neverland. He gets entangled with a girl named Molly whose family has long been tasked with protecting starstuff that falls from the sky. They protect it from falling in to the hands of The Others who only want to use it obtain power. The Starcatchers seek out starstuff that has fallen from the heavens, hide it, and return it to the sky during very specific times.
Peter ends up helping Molly which takes us on a wild and funny ride slowly introducing us to the elements of the Peter Pan story so familiar to us: Captain Hook and his pirates, the crocodile, the island, the mermaids, Tinkerbell, and “pixie dust”.
Peter, cocky kid who refuses to grow up from previous adaptations, is shy and insecure, going along for the ride in this story. Over the course of this and the following title in the series, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, we see him grow into that character. I wish that Tinkerbell had been given more depth instead of being immediately the jealous female. Molly, daughter of a major player in Starcatcher circles, takes the lead in this adventure. Until Shadow Thieves, that is. I found her to be pretty lame in Shadow Thieves which is why I might not make it past the second book in this series.
Over all, I found this first book a delightful read that added a layer to the now familiar tale of Peter Pan. I actually listened to the audiobook of this title read by Jim Dale. It was fantastic! Jim Dale’s expressive voice adds so much to the stories he reads. I was taken back to the time I listened to him read me some of the Harry Potter books. He alone adds a touch of magic.