Devotees of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's prequels to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan (Peter and the Starcatchers; Peter and the Shadow Thieves) will want to check out their Escape from the Carnivale, illus. by Greg Call, the first in a Never Land Adventure series told from the viewpoint of the creatures that give Mollusk Island its name. Little Scallop, daughter of chief mollusk Fighting Prawn, befriends mermaids Aqua and Surf who gets kidnapped by humans. It's up to Little Scallop to save her. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Gr 3-6-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 Gray, John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor, NY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.