Peter and the Starcatchers, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
In short: This book is fun. It’s a prequel to Peter Pan, and gives us really fun, creative origins for all kinds of things, from Neverland to Tinkerbell to Peter’s ability to fly. Though pretty long for a kid’s book, Peter and the Starcatchers is fast-paced and (as you’d expect from Dave Barry) very, very funny, so it’s a good read. It also contains some really nice, period-appropriate illustrations. I should note that I’ve only read the first in the series, and usually I avoid writing reviews unless I’ve read all of the books (or at least all of the books that have been released), but I’m making an exception because I’m not sure that I will read the rest. That’s not a bad thing, though. This book stands by itself (especially because, you know, I already know how it ends), and I’m sure I’ll read the rest at some point, but I wasn’t particularly compelled to get the next one as soon as I finished the first.
Read it if you like: Peter Pan, pirates, adventures on the high seas