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Peter Pan: With Three-Dimensional Pop-Up Scenes

Peter Pan: With Three-Dimensional Pop-Up Scenes

J.M. Barrie
Illustrator:  Nicola L. Robinson 
Paper Engineer: Manth
Novelty Book
Tango Books, 2013   ISBN: 978-1857078282

The story of the boy called Peter Pan is one that people all over the world are familiar with. They know that he was a boy who refused to grow up and that he lived in a place called Neverland with the Lost Boys. Thanks to a dusting of fairy dust, Peter could fly and he would fly to our world whenever he felt so inclined with is fairy companion, Tinker Bell, at his side.

   One night Peter met a girl called Wendy and he invited her to fly to Neverland with him. Peter needed a mother and a storyteller, and he could tell that sweet and kind-hearted Wendy would a wonderful mother. This was how Wendy and her two brothers, John and Michael, left their home and their parents to have a grand adventure with Peter in Neverland.

   What makes this retelling of Peter’s story special is that it is accompanied by artwork and remarkable three-dimensional scenes that were created out of paper. There are four scenes in all that take us into Wendy’s bedroom, Peter’s underground home in Neverland, on board Captain Hook’s pirate ship, and finally back in the Darling home in London. The scenes were created so that we can look into them, and the effect is quite remarkable.

   This book is a must for people who like novelty titles and who have a fondness for Peter Pan.