Ambrosia4All, January 4, 2009 (view all comments by Ambrosia4All)
An intelligent book about a young Captain Hook that details all the important aspects of his youth from why he is the way he is to how he got his name. Young King Jas. enters Eton wearily and finds almost immediately the enemies (named Darling of course, like the children in the original book), friends (Jolly Roger of course!) and love that his life has been missing. His adventures continue to entertain fluidly transforming from one to another. J.V.Hart really found the comfortable medium where the reader roots for James while still seeing the evil that you will someday come to expect from Capt. Hook. Everything is here: dastardly deeds, poisonous pet spiders, duals to the death, fires, escapes, mutinies! The whole book reads well and comes highly recommended for a bit of light reading.
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berryvirgo, August 19, 2006 (view all comments by berryvirgo)
This book was wonderful. Its kinda confusing at first, but it's written sort of the way people wrote like at first and that makes it cooler. You should read this book. King Jas will definetly captivate you!!!!!!!!
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Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth
J. V. Hart
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Swimming against the books-to-film tide, this novel from the screenwriter of Steven Spielberg's Hook attempts to explain how the captain's childhood made him the nefarious pirate he became. (It's his father's fault.) The author takes the scant details about Hook in J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan ('piercing' blue eyes, mustard-colored blood, a fondness for trends set by King Charles II) and spins them into a backstory beginning the day 15-year-old James, the illegitimate son of 'Lord B,' arrives at Eton. The upperclassmen, led by house captain Arthur Darling, identify him immediately as in need of comeuppance and hang him with the moniker James Matthew 'Bastard.' (Readers never learn James or Lord B's real last name — is the author suggesting Hook was Barrie?) A sharp student and accomplished swordsman, James relishes the notoriety. He and best friend, 'Jolly Roger' Davies, become victims of vicious hazing, but perpetrators of equally nasty revenge. They triumphantly lead the underclassmen to victory against Darling's gang in a traditional Eton game, while the Queen and a visiting princess (for whom James falls) look on. James leaves Eton in a blaze of glory, but the story slogs on past this natural end. The author attempts to turn the heretofore conscienceless James into a hero when the fellow saves some Africans from a slaver's ship. The dialogue adds sparkle ('Topping swank!' is a compliment of the highest order) as do Helquist's occasional full-page black-and-white drawings, which emit an air of swashbuckling brio often missing from the text. Ages 10-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[S]ome determined, sophisticated readers will be pulled in by the magical, tall-tale details; James' triumph over bullies; the exciting adventures; and the thought-provoking portrait of a villain who is capable of both murder and great sympathy."
Renowned screenwriter J.V. Hart traces the evolution of J.M. Barrie's classic villain from Peter Pan from his younger days as a student at Eton, the most prestigious school in England, where he decides to make a name for himself — and will stop at nothing to become the most notorious student there. Illustrations.
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