These Brand New Peter Pan Illustrations Will Absolutely Make You Believe in Fairies

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It’s just over a century since Scottish novelist J.M. Barrie adapted his stage play Peter and Wendy into a novel. And now, there’s a beautiful new edition of Barrie’s book, illustrated by MinaLima, the firm that did the graphics in the Harry Potter films. Check out an exclusive look inside the brand new Peter Pan!

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Seriously, the new Peter Pan volume is just a delight. Not only is it a beautifully bound hardcover, but every page looks just stunning. The illustrations really help to bring out the insane sense of wonder in the story, and there are also little interactive touches throughout—like an envelope that pops out of the book, containing secret documents. Or a spinning wheel that allows you to decide the outcome of a crocodile attack. Or see below for a glimpse at the pop-out map of Neverland.

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The illustrations below can’t quite convey how beautiful this edition actually is when you’re holding it in your hands—but they definitely give a hint. You can also read a sample of the book, with illustrations, at the Harper Collins site.

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Contact the author at charliejane@io9.com. All images from PeterPan. Illustration © MinaLima Ltd. Published by Harper Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; © 2015 by MinaLima Ltd.

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Absolutely stunning...ly racist. One would thing after so much time has passed, that somehow this book could be edited in such a way as to make it marginally less terrible. I get it, I get the attitudes of the past. As a historical document, this book is a great one, just as Huckleberry Finn is. But I just can’t bring myself to read it to my daughter. There is a really interesting story about how PL Travers decided to revise a chapter in Mary Poppins because “About two years ago, a schoolteacher friend of mine, who is a devotee of Mary Poppins and reads it constantly to her class, told me that when she came to that part it always made her squirm if she had Black children in her class. I decided that if that should happen, if even one Black child were troubled, or even if she were troubled, then I would have to alter it.” Alright, call me a raving crazy SJW but maybe it is time for this book to be changed. Even if you keep the stereotypical depictions of native peoples the VERY least you could do is take out blatant racial slurs that serve no function. Very rarely do we read Huckleberry Finn to small children. The children that read it are usually of an age that they can understand the historical context that it was written in, and understand a discussion of slavery at the very least. Peter Pan appeals to young children, very young children, children who have VERY few good depictions of indigenous peoples in books for them. Just my two cents.