Title: Another Pan (Another #2) Author: Daniel & Dina Nayeri Publication: 2010, Candlewick Press
Darling and her insecure freshman brother, John, are hitting the books
at the Marlowe School. But one tome consumes their attention: THE BOOK
OF GATES, a coveted Egyptian artifact that their professor father
believes has magical powers. Soon Wendy and John discover that the
legend is real—when they recite from its pages and descend into a
snaking realm beneath the Manhattan school. As the hallways darken, and
dead moths cake the floor, a charismatic new R.A. named Peter reveals
that their actions have unleashed a terrible consequence:...read more
Review: A wonderfully paced and deliciously engaging retelling of Barry's "Peter Pan" that somehow, mysteriously, admirably, forces one to sip, not gulp, while still holding the reader's curious attention. This book has a stunning opening and unfolds in one tempting bit after another.
With witty little sections of interlude, this retelling delivers an interesting and artistic literary production. One will enjoy the enticing web of the injected twists and layers to this classic children's tale. Each legend is written in a sophisticated and extremely authoritative and believable diction and contributes brilliantly to the Egyptian twist of the retelling. Surprisingly, the siblings-author team makes the magic last for a "never-never" worthy amount of time, yet it still turns out to be an absolutely mind-blowing journey by the end!
This book will require patience and a bit of brain-work, as it is not just a take-and-go thrill ride (which may explain a lot of the negative reviews on this book from Goodreads.). I was glad that I took the time to look past smaller areas that lacked satisfaction, such as the slightly shallow romance and the minimal character development. The writing and deeper content itself was fantastic, and the capturing of the magical nuances of the tale was executed very well.
Instead of a chunk of filling chocolate, I thought of this book as something smaller, more of a delicacy that may not be immediately sweet and enjoyable, but overall boasts an endearing and high-in-quality nature.
Ratings:✰✰✰✰ 4 Impressed Hoots
Final Notes:I'd recommend this book to those of you who are able to give the time to make this slow journey. It took me 5 days to finish this one (when I usually finish a YA book in a day and a half at most.), and it wasn't because I lost interest in it.
If you're looking for a highly entertaining rollercoaster, then unfortunately, you'll be disappointed.I'm warning off like that because I really hope others will see and feel what I thought about the diction and moral stories in this one because it really deserves better.
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