November 23, 2015

The boy who never grew up

Lost Boy: the Story of the Man Who Created Peter Pan
by Jane Yolen
illustrated by Steve Adams

James Barrie wrote stories and plays when he was a child and never stopped. He was a well-known author as an adult, but didn't become truly famous until he met the Llewelyn Davies boys. He based the character of Peter Pan on all five boys, and later became their guardian.

Yolen's depiction of Barrie reveals a man who loved pirates, fairies, and make-believe. Her story includes quotes from Barrie's works, which appropriately mark the key moments of his life. The pictures, both sorrowful and playful, also mirror the sadness and joy that Barrie experienced.

A very charming book.

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