Reviews for Peter and the Shadow Thieves
AudioFile Reviews 2006 October/November
Jim Dale has done it again. With impressive verbal dexterity, he creates a multitude of characters, each with a voice that perfectly matches one's image of the character--from the menacing villains to the courageous voices of young Peter, Molly, and George. Dale brings us fully into the emotional lives of the characters, portraying the jealousy that rises and falls between the children, the hatred of Hook and Slank, the sadness that Peter feels as he realizes that he's growing further from Molly, and the mercurial nature of Tink. Dale deftly weaves the three story lines together, building the tension, then letting it ease out, only to build it again as he changes tempo, tone, and pace to create a riveting story. W.L.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2006 July #4
The stellar Jim Dale helps ageless boy Peter Pan and his beloved Tinker Bell turn up the action-adventure meter a notch in Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, a follow-up to Peter and the Starcatchers. Peter and Tink travel to the streets of London to help a dear friend, and face-off against a seafaring villain named Lord Ombra to good effect, via Dale's rousing rendition of the tale, and his always colorful and distinctive character voices. (July). Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2006 November
Gr 5-8 Peter Pan makes another delightful appearance in Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's sequel (Disney Editions, 2006) to Peter and the Starcatchers (Hyperion, 2004). This time, unwelcome visitors arrive on Neverland in search of the starstuff that Molly and her father took back to England at the end of the first book. The mysterious Lord Ombra is annoyed to find the magical substance gone. He reveals his ability to steal one's shadowâ€"and one's soul. The crew sets sail for London to kidnap Molly and offer Molly's starcatcher father a tradeâ€"Molly for the starstuff. Peter overhears the plan and is determined to warn his friend, so he and Tinker Bell follow the ship. In London, Peter and Molly team up with Molly's suitor, George Darling, to outwit Lord Ombra. What follows is a delicious adventure through London's foggy streets which ends at Stonehenge during a lunar eclipse. Veteran narrator Jim Dale delivers a flawless performance that will keep listeners riveted to the story. Bits from the original Peter Pan are cleverly slipped in, and Peter even has an encounter with author J.M. Barrie. This is one of those rare instances where the sequel is even better than the very fine original. Barrie would be pleased. Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK [Page 64]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.