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But Little Scallop is bored. Her warrior brothers are allowed to do exciting things, like spying on the pirates who live on the other side of the island. Little Scallop longs to have a real adventure. When Aqua and Surf invite her to go pearl-diving - even though...
But Little Scallop is bored. Her warrior brothers are allowed to do exciting things, like spying on the pirates who live on the other side of the island. Little Scallop longs to have a real adventure. When Aqua and Surf invite her to go pearl-diving - even though she knows she shouldn’t - she can’t resist.
So late one night, she sneaks off into forbidden waters with Aqua and Surf. That’s when the trouble starts - they run into a fierce storm and a strange ship sailed by men who would love to capture a mermaid. Soon, Little Scallop is caught up in the adventure she always wanted. The question is: can she and her friends get out of it?
The incomparable Jim Dale narrates Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's latest book (Disney Editions, 2006) in the Never Land series. Little Scallop, a princess of the Mollusk tribe, disobeys her father and decides to go exploring beyond the immediate seashore with her best friends, Aqua and Surf. The two mermaids take Little Scallop on a pearl diving expedition that leads them to the mysterious and dangerous part of Mollusk Island. Little Scallop, always jealous of her older brothers' adventures, gets a bit more than she bargained for when Surf is captured by a ship full of greedy men who have a traveling freak show. Horrible storms, Captain Hook, bizarre sea monsters, and frightening creatures are encountered in order to free Surf. Many familiar characters from Peter Pan make appearances. Dale gives a brilliant performance, using different voices and accents to differentiate the characters, and a well-paced narration to build suspense in this fantasy filled with humor.
—B. Allison GrayCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Posted February 4, 2008
This book is written by the same authors who created 'Peter and the Star Catchers.' Both books act as prequels to the familiar story of Peter Pan. However, where 'Peter and the Star Catchers' is appropriate for older children and young adolescents, 'Escape from the Carnivale' was written for younger children. It would be a terrific book for those children who are beginning to read chapter books. The action in the story starts quickly, so the reader is drawn into the story, and the quick pace is maintained throughout the short chapters. Even though Peter himself does not appear in the story, the main characters are all young children that readers will be able to relate to. Some characters were introduced in 'Peter and the Star Catchers,' but the story line is separate from that series, so understanding and enjoyment is not dependent on reading the other book. The black and white drawings, which are placed liberally throughout the book, are pleasing and nicely illustrate the action of the story. The plot line is enjoyable. A young girl must recruit the help of one of the Lost Boys when her mermaid friend is captured. Their adventure has them confronting Captain Hook and his pirates, fierce storms, and the gigantic crocodile. There is a heart-warming ending, in which the girls learn a valuable lesson about the consequences of not listening to their elders. The nice thing about this book, as well as 'Peter and the Star Catchers,' is that Pearson and Barry stay true to the original elements of Peter Pan. You will see Lost Boys, Captain Hook and his pirates, mermaids, crocodiles, and the native people who live on the island. The only big draw-back to the book was the use of a few words that may be too hard for young children to read and understand on their own. For example, 'phosphorescence' was used a couple of times, as well as 'mustachioed.' Children may need someone to tell them these words and their meanings. While this book is not of the same magnitude of 'Peter and the Star Catchers,' it must be remembered that this is a separate (but related) series. It is a good adventure story for the target audience which is young children.
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Take your imagination to beyond what it can handle. The Never Land Series is very well written with thrills, imagination, and heart. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson write amazing books and this is one of my favorites. It's a must-read for any creative or "Disne-loving" kid!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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