The Kellyhorns
September 20, 2017
October 5, 2017

Peter Pan

Quick Glance



This is the total number of incidents in this 240 page book.

*As personal standards vary, please see the breakdown to determine what matters to you.

Author: J. M. Barrie
Key Words: Fiction, Classics, Action & Adventure

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Book Description:

Peter Pan and Tinkerbell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland - the island where the lost boys play. Magic and mischief is in the air but if villainous Captain Hook has his way, before long someone will be swimming with the crocodiles . . .


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Children's Bad Words

Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 7 Incidents

stupid, “Her mirror was a Puss-in-boots”, shut up, dash it all

Name Calling - 19 Incidents

“Father’s a cowardy custard,” you silly *ss, lubber, you dunderheaded little jay, the toads!, noodles, you scugs, honey, brats, sneaky tell-tale!

Scoundrel, redskin, codfish, dog and or dogs are used throughout the book.

Religious Profanities - 1 Incident

Good heavens

Religious & Supernatural - 3 Incidents

Gnomes, mermaids, fairies, pixie dust, etc. are mentioned throughout the book.

Reference to hell: “And if we’re parted by a shot, we’re sure to meet below!”

The Indians reference the “Great White Father.”

Romance Related - 14 Incidents

Mentions Mrs Darling having a kiss on the corner of her mouth. (Stated several times throughout the book).

Dancing is mentioned several times in the book.

“Tinker Bell, ...gowned in a skeleton leaf, cut low and square, through which her figure could be seen to the best advantage.”

A boy and girl exchange thimbles and kisses.

“Peter gave Wendy a hand at first, but had to desist, Tink was so indignant.”

Fairies come home from an orgy.

Of Tinker Bell “and then we shall all see you in your neglige.”

Wendy often comforts Peter by holding him in her lap like a mother does a baby.

Again, Wendy holds Peter tight.

A husband kisses his wife.

Mentions redskins’ naked bodies.

The word “breast” is used to mean chest.

The word “breast” is used to mean heart.

“Naked papooses.”

Violence - 1 Incident

There are many battles and scrimmages but not very detailed.

Attitudes/Disobedience - 9 Incidents

A boy complains/refuses to take a bath.

A boy refuses to take his medicine and gets in a battle with his father about it.

A boy doesn’t like mothers and doesn’t want one (throughout the entire book).

Lying: a boy was crying but says he wasn’t.

Peter Pan is cocky and often admires how clever he is (throughout the book).

A boy doesn’t want to grow up so runs away.

Children fight and tattle during a meal.

Discusses how selfish children are.

Peter “breathed intentionally quick short breaths at the rate of about five to a second. He did this because there is a saying in the Neverland that every time you breathe, a grown-up dies; Peter was killing them off vindictively as fast as possible.”

Conversation Topics - 8 Incidents

Some pirates have tattooes.

Mentions smoking cigars and peace pipes.

When a boy is asked if he’s an animal, he says yes (implied evolution).

Pirates play dice and cards.

A Lost Boy chews tobacco.

Peter smokes Hook’s cigar.

The author admits he doesn’t like the mother, Mrs. Darling and explains why. Later he changes his mind.

The father, Mr. Darling, decides to remain inside a dog’s kennel until his children return. He does this because he’s ashamed.

Parent Takeaway

While Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael are not always the best role models, particularly Peter, it is a fun adventure story. Would be good for tween readers or as a family read-aloud as you could all discuss the children's actions and the author's thoughts on parents.

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