Perhaps because we’ve all gotten a bit busier (and we have a rule that we can’t read the family book unless everyone is there) and perhaps because the co-authors have created too many characters, this one, a prequel of sorts to Barrie’s Peter Pan books, took a while to finish. It’s entertaining enough – pirates, flying and all that – but there’s so much exposition. Reading a book out loud really compels you to notice the dialogue, and I found that Alf was the only with a distinct voice. The generic nature of the dialogue, particularly the pirate talk, made it easy to forget who was who and a little bit hard to care. Greg Call’s illustrations are cool, but the writing itself does not create too many images.

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