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If you're a Peter Pan fan then you will absolutely love this book. Its beautifully done and perfect for children to start enjoying JM Barrie's classic story. It is retold by Libby Hamilton so I think in a way that makes it a bit easier to adapt for a children's pop up book and also a little easier to read that the original.
On the back of the book we are told, "Fly into an amazing adventure - hide from the ticking crocodile, get into a skirmish with Hook's pirates and find out if you really really believe in fairies."
Well, I definitely believe in fairies, and in particular Tinker Bell who we meet in this book, along with Peter, Wendy and her brothers John and Michael and all the lost boys in Neverland.
The story is fairly long so I would say its suited to kids 3 years and up and is definitely not a baby pop up book but the story is short enough that you just get a brief insight into how Peter met Wendy and now they ended up in Neverland battling the pirate Hook and having lots of adventures.
For me its the pop ups in this book that make it truly spectacular. They are amazing and some of the best I have ever seen. They are not just a little bit of paper that rises up when you open the page, no these are full on masterpieces that jump out at you and make you want to dive into the page because that is where the story is. For example on the first page, up pops a huge lifelike picture of Big Ben and we are shown a huge London scene, showing us where Wendy and her brothers leave. Then further on in the book there is a big snappy crocodile pop up with him trying to snap at the bottom of Mr Hook. On the final page there is an amazing pirate ship that pops out and is standing tall, sailing on the seas and its got so much detail and aspects to it. Another great thing about this book is that it has sounds and music too when you open the pop ups. The music is very atmospherical and brings the story to life as well. For example on the page with Big Ben, the page music will chime and then has a sort of magical aspect to it. There is also a ticking clock when we see the crocodile and lots of pirate laughing and Ay Captain's etc.
I think after reading this book its given me, as well as my children, a want to know more about Peter Pan and his adventures so when they are older I think we are going to start reading the proper book but for now to be able to look at the wonderful pictures and hear the accompanying music is good enough. This book is a collectors book, one that we will keep for a very long time and treasure and one that I am trying to keep nice and away from little fingers that like to pull at the pop ups.
The book costs £14.99. It is published by Templar publishing and has an ISBN of 978-1-84011-689-2.