Escape from the Carnivale (Never Land Series #1)

Escape from the Carnivale (Never Land Series #1)


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ISBN-13: 9780786837892
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 09/28/2006
Series: Never Land Series , #1
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 18 Years

About the Author

Ridley Pearson isthe award-winning, best-selling author of Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, Kingdom KeepersII: Disney at Dawn, and Kingdom Keepers III:Disney in Shadow, as well as Steel Trapp- The Challenge and SteelTrapp-The Academy. Ridley has also coauthored, along with Pulitzer Prizewinning writer Dave Barry, the Peter and the Starcatchers series. Ridley, his wife, Marcelle, and their two daughters divide their time between St. Louis,Missouri, and Sun Valley, Idaho.

Greg Call studied graphic design at the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver. After graduating in 1983, he worked as an Art Director at the Colorado Institute of Art until the desire to do more illustrative work found him in Pasadena, California, attending The Art Center College of Design. Upon graduation in 1988, he began working freelance for clients in music, entertainment, and publishing. Greg has been recognized for his work repeatedly, including awards from the Society of Illustrators and Addy awards among others.


Miami, Florida

Date of Birth:

July 3, 1947

Place of Birth:

Armonk, New York


B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969

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Escape from the Carnivale 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Cute children's story based on the mythology of Barry & Pearson's Peter and the Star Catchers series.
the_hag on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Have you ever wondered what was going on with the Mollusks and The Lost Boys while Peter was away having adventures in Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves and Peter and the Secrets of Rundoon? Well, this easy chapter book series (billed A Neverland Book) neatly fills that gap quite nicely. This story takes place in between Starcatchers and Shadow Thieves and features Little Scallop (along with others) on a madcap mini-adventure involving mermaids, pirates, a traveling carnival seeking new attractions, the infamous Black Stache (and his gang), dolphins, and of course the irascible Mr. Grin. We begin the story with Little Scallop wishing her father had more time for her as she goes off to spend some with her mermaid friends, Surf and Agua. All three are tired of being told what they can and cannot do because of their age, and as young children often do, they break all the rules to swim out to Shark Cave, forbidden to the two young mermaids AND Little Scallop (it¿s certainly not in the shallows where her father has told her to stay). So off they go¿and no sooner than they are on their way than a raging squall comes upon them and they become lost AND what¿s worse, there is a ship (deathly dangerous for mermaids). Surf is captured and now it¿s up to Agua and Little Scallop to get help for their captured friend and in the process of doing so, they encounter a lot more adventure and danger than they bargained for¿will they rescue their friend? You¿ll have to read to find out! Overall, this is a cute addition to the Neverland stories, though I would wager this is most appropriate for a slightly younger age range than the longer Pan novels Barry and Ridley have written. Escape from the Carnivale comes in at 134 pages and is a nice early chapter book with large spacing and type with an entertaining and easy to follow storyline that younger fans of Peter Pan and get into easily on their own (best for ages 4-8) and it would certainly make a great read aloud story for younger readers! I give it four stars, both of my kids loved it and we all hope that there will be many more of these to come¿we absolutely loved reading more about the Mollusks, the Lost Boys and The Mermaids!!!
Librarygirl66 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
From the bestselling authors of "Peter and the Star catchers" comes the firstbook in a new adventure series featuring Peter's friends and enemies in NeverLand.
-Biebergirl97 More than 1 year ago
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!
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