Thursday, 25 March 2010

Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

This is the follow-up to the popular kids novel 'Peter and the Star Catchers'.  I listened to it on an audio book.

Peter and the lost boys have been on Mollusk Island when a boat of pirates lands.  They are lead by a shadowy figure known as Lord Ombra.  He is one scary guy who is able to capture peoples' shadows, which gives him control over them.  Peter learns that Lord Ombra is searching for Star Stuff and that he is going to travel to London to find Lord Aster.  Peter is most concerned about his friend Molly, Lord Aster's daughter.  He sets out to fly to London along with his ever present companion Tinker Bell.

I enjoyed this story as much as I did the first book in the series, which now extends to four books. (Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Peter and the Sword of Mercy)  Partly it is due to the wonderful voices employed by reader Jim Dale.  Having now listen to at least 2 audio books he has read, I would not hesitate to select an audio book solely on the basis that he is the reader.

I have two favourite episodes in this book.  The first is when Peter is in the Post Office in London and he is trying to send a letter to Lord Aster.  If he weren't already drinking, he would have driven the postal clerk to taking up drinking.  I had to listen to that part several times.  The secone happens shortly afterward when Peter loses site of the Letter Carrier and is rescued from the nasty Trotter and the man.  The rescuer is none other than a neighbour of Lord Aster named James Barrie.  Mr. Barrie gives Peter directions to Lord Asters: follow the path to the second path and turn right. (had to paraphrase this).  hmm, reminds me of something an author named J.M. Barrie wrote...

I am left wondering whether Lord Ombra is an octopus that encountered a large amount of star stuff?  At one point Molly describes his method of movement "like ink flowing".

I look forward to the third installment of this fun adaptation of the story of Peter Pan.

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Thanks to where I borrowed the cover photo.

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