The Picture Story Book Of Peter Pan (green Tiger's Illustrated)Reviews
- Number of Pages: 96
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
J. M. Barrie's 1904 play Peter Pan and Wendy (and its subsequent variations) about the adventures of a boy who won't grow up and his adventures with Tinker Bell too as the Darling children has challenged and delighted illustrators for more than a century. Every significant children's illustrator seems to have completed a version of it, and when one considers the visual possibilities of the story - youngsters flying over London, crocodiles, pirates, mermaids, and a Newfoundland dog as a nanny - it's straightforward to see why.
We have long wanted to publish this story, and in Roy Best's 1931 The Picture Story Book of Peter Pan we've found our Peter. These illustrations, though more than 80 years old, seem preternaturally modern in their coloring and style. This Peter Pan is vibrant, more Disney than Arthur Rackham, but nothing is cheap or commercial. It isn't often that and illustrator can sustain emotional and visual impact through practically 100 pages, but Best manages it. Barrie's tale is offered its full due both visually and in the text, adapted from Barrie's play.
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