Rating: High Four
Who I'd Recommend to: Fans of Peter Pan (obviously), the Land of Stories (I know, I often refer to the same books in this section), Doctor Doolittle, and old favorites like Black Beauty.
Synopsis (from Amazon):
Don't even think of starting this book unless you're sitting in a comfortable chair and have lots of time. A fast-paced, impossible-to-put-down adventure awaits as the young orphan Peter and his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They set sail aboard the Never Land, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious trunk inits cargo hold, and the journey quickly becomes fraught with excitement and danger.
On to the actual review: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. At times, I felt I could only read small sections, because it did get a little confusing and, though not often, dull. Confusing, because the authors threw in the POVs of a ton of different characters in one chapter, and switched from scene to scene every few pages. Plus, even though this sounds weird, the names Stache and Slank became confusing to tell apart, so I would start a chapter thinking it was from Stache's POV, as it was the previous chapter, and then I would read Little Richard's name and realize it was from Slank's. Other than that, I just loved the characters, the lively feel of the boys from St. Norberts, the suspense about the trunk, and on top of that all, how the danger and threats just kept piling up. This book answered almost all of my questions and wonderments about Peter Pan in a creative, fun way - I found myself guessing at the end of each chapter what would happen that would affect Peter's future life in Never Land. PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS had good humor that kept the story going, and would appeal to all ages, Peter Pan fans or not.