Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

“A pirate ship needs a name that inspires fear in the heart of every sailor who hears it,” said Stache. He drummed his bony fingers thoughfully on the desk that once belonged to Captain Scott.
Smee said, “What about the Jellyfish?”
Stache turned and stared at Smee with a look that Smee, unfortunately, mistook for encoragement.
“I mean the stinging kind,” Smee continued brightly. “I’ve seen grown men cry when they–”
“SHUT UP, YOU IDJIT,” thundered Stache, slamming the deck with his fist. He took a long, deep breath, then continued in a calm voice: “You don’t name a pirate ship the Jellyfish.”(131-132)

Peter, who claims to be one year older than the oldest person of the group, is loaded onto the Never Land with four other orphans; James, Prentiss, Thomas, and Tubby Ted. Also on the ship is Molly, the daughter of a visiting dignitary, her governess Mrs. Bumbrake, and a trunk, which seems slightly unusual to Peter. He doesn’t realize how unusual until pirates show up, led by the evil captain Black Stache. Everyone ends up on a remote island as a result of a storm and revenge, where they encounter just what the contents of the trunk can do. Dave Barry and Ridley have started a rollicking, pirate filled series with Peter and the Starcatchers, a prequel to Peter Pan.


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