A Little Bit of Pixie Dust…

I’m not sure how this one almost slipped by, but more from the world of children’s lit…

Margaret K. McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing) recently announced the title of the official sequel to J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan; the title will be … Peter Pan in Scarlet. Written by Geraldine McCaughrean, the folks at Simon & Schuster say the story itself “is a closely guarded secret but readers are promised high adventure, dramatic tension and all the swashbuckling, danger and derring-do they can handle.” And let me tell you, I can handle an awful lot of derring-do. You can read some of the story behind this here and here. Truth be told, I’ve never been much of a Peter Pan buff, but it will be interesting to see how the new tale is received once it hits the stores this fall. (Side note, while I respect the ability of the publishers and author to select a decent title, I have to admit Peter Pan in Scarlet tends to conjure up images of this for me.)

3 Responses

  1. Dave Barry Smackdown!It’s
    Dave Barry Smackdown!

    It’s just because I’m tired, but I hope with all my heart that Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson find this Geraldine woman (or man?), and just, like, bludgeon them to death with a wide variety of sandwich meats.

    I mean, really. Hasn’t this been done already? And done by two guys who are pretty cool, and are (to my understanding) putting out yet ANOTHER Peter Pan book, later this year?

    Relevant link here:


    For me, personally, I will be working on my book about Peter’s long lost brother, “Paul Pot.” I am sure it will be a number one bestseller. It will be about a young man who got kicked out of Neverneverland, got really, really mad out it, then moved to Cambodia. There, no one pronounced his name quite right, so he went on to perform a mass genocide.

    It’ll have a happy ending, really. See you on the NYT Bestseller list!

  2. There are a lot of things
    There are a lot of things about that

    Master debaters have pumped the long history of Peter Pan for sexual symbolism since the play first climaxed on December 27, 1904. Why, they ask, was Captain Hook such a dandy in the wake of the recent Oscar Wilde scandal? Why did Peter rebuff Wendy and Tinkerbell? Why is Peter always played by a woman? The movie, Finding Neverland, (in which Johnny Depp does a good job as J. M. Barrie), implies that a girl had to step in after a boy actor broke his arm, but I don’t know if that really happened.

    Here’s me, trying to sort all this out for a LitKicks article which I’ll probably never finish.

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