Having read and thoroughly enjoyed several Peter David books before, I was very excited to see his latest book on the Baker & Taylor shelves. Tigerheart is an imaginative sequel and retelling of Peter Pan. The events of this book transpire years after those of the original by James Barrie, and throughout this wonderful book, the reader is given snippets of what happened in the story as well what occurred in the time between the two.
If you are not familiar with Peter David, he tends to see things in the absurd and presents them as such to his reader. His books have humor woven into their very core, and this book is no exception. It is lighthearted and heartfelt, but never takes itself too seriously. Peter David plays on the names of the original characters and even their personalities, but never goes contrary to the characters we all know and love.
In this book, our protagonist is not Peter, but a boy named Paul Dear. Initially an only child he has a doting father who loves fairy tales more than most children and a peculiarly strong belief that they are true. Paul’s mother, on the other hand, discourages these fantasies and brushes them off. Eventually she becomes pregnant and Paul is pushed into a secondary role behind the soon to be coming baby sister. Enter The Boy formerly known as Peter Pan. In his dreams Paul visits Anyplace and The Boy visits him to teach him all of the important things such as flying, swordsmanship and how to speak with animals.
I don’t want to give away much more but things start to go downhill in a hurry and next thing Paul knows his parents have separated, his baby sister is gone, and his mom seems to hate him now, but still The Boy visits him and Paul decides to journey to Anyplace to get his mom a new baby girl. Pirates, Piccas, intrigue and adventure abound once he gets there. A great read, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
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are some other interesting Baker and Taylor Books. . .
- Requiem, Mass., by John Dufresne.Call Number: PS3554.U325 R47 2008
- Rumpole Misbehaves, by John Mortimer.Call Number: PR6025.O7552 R795 2007
- The Children of Húrin, by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher TolkienCall Number: PR6039.O32 N37 2007