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Monday, May 17, 2010

Escape From The Carnivale by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Title: Escape from the Carnivale: A Never Land Book #1
Series: A Never Land Adventure
Author(s): Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
Genre: Children's Fantasy
Publisher: Disney Editions
Received: Bought and will give away on Paperback swap
Release Date: September 1, 2006
Finished: May 5, 2010
Pages: 144
Challenges: None

My Thoughts: The Never Land Series debuts with Escape from the Carnivale. This new Disney series tells the stories of other characters in Never Land besides Peter Pan.  In this tale, a curious girl named Little Scallop, who is the chief's daughter, befriends the mermaids Aqua and Surf. The mermaids normally stay close to the shore, but today the girls decided to search for pearls.  Since pearls are found in deeper water, that means leaving their safe haven and hijinx ensue.

Escape from the Carnivale is a short story with pirates and an exciting rescue. You can't go wrong with pirates. I liked this story more because it didn't have Peter Pan - there were some lost boys, but Peter Pan is so often the central character that it was a nice change.

About the Author: Dave Barry is know for his humorous books and newspaper columns. He has written over 30 books. Visit his site and blog at

Ridley Pearson is the author of 25+ mystery novels and has written 5 or more children books with Dave Barry. He also wrote the Disney Kingdom Keepers series, the first book of which I loved; someday I will get to the next two. Visit Ridley Pearson's website at

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