What I love:
Are you kidding? The red, black and white colour scheme; the central panel showcasing the Boy Who Never Grew Up; the ghostly, almost flickering images sweeping past behind him; the clear font with the title larger than the author’s name; what’s not to love?
I adore Brom’s artwork and writing (if you haven’t already, go back and read his illustrated novels – The Plucker and The Devil’s Rose – they are awesome to the extreme and definitely NOT for children!), and this dark re-imagining of the Peter Pan myth is nothing short of stunning. The Child Thief is Brom’s first full-length novel and there are fewer illustrations than in the illustrated novels, but the pen and ink drawings are as dark and beautiful as fans of his artwork would expect, and his writing is, well, let’s just say it more than lives up to his visual artistry! I heartily recommend reading Brom’s works of fiction – they are brilliant!
For my review of The Child Thief, click on the link HERE.
In the vein of Gregory Maguire’s bestselling works, the award-winning artist Brom takes us on a haunting look at the true world of Peter Pan, in his first full-length novel. From modern-day New York to the dying land of Faerie, “The Child Thief” reveals the world of Peter Pan through the eyes of an insecure runaway who is seduced by Peter’s charm. But any dreams of a fairy wonderland are quickly replaced by the reality of life and death survival as Peter’s recruits are forced into a lethal battle in which the line between good and evil is blurred.