Flying to Neverland with Peter Pan (Hardcover)
Peter Pan: a live television special on NBC in 2014
Lyrics from two beloved songs from Peter Pan are transformed into a magical picture book sure to enchant the musical's legions of new and returning fans. Acclaimed songwriters Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Carolyn Leigh knew a thing or two about crafting songs that touch hearts and imaginations and endure for generations. They hit one of their many pinnacles with this pair of lovely odes to "a place where dreams are born" and the joys of flying--whether over a sleeping city or inside one's very own bedroom.
The Tony Award-winning actress Phyllis Newman, wife of the late Adolph Green, contributes a personal introduction to the songs. With this and luminous illustrations, including a lavish gatefold of the "flying" scene, this is an extraordinary book to give, to cherish, to share.
About the Author
Betty Comden and Adolph Green produced six decades-worth of plays, melodies, and lyrics. Drawing on J.M. Barrie's book and play, the duo wrote lyrics for several songs in the 1954 smash hit musical "Peter Pan." The production went on to become a perennial favorite with countless revivals and productions. Their other famed collaborations include "On the Town," "Do Re Me!," "Singing in the Rain," and "Applause," to name but a few. While both are now deceased, their legacy and melodies linger on--on stages, screens, and in this lovely book. Phyllis Newman, a two-time Tony award-winning actress, brings a personal perspective to these songs whose lyrics her late husband wrote with his creative partner, Betty Comden.
High praise for Blue Apple's picture book rendition of Comden and Green's What's New at the Zoo?:
*"...the lyrics of the Tony-winning duo scan perfectly. Green's widow, Phyllis Newman adds an appealing introduction and afterword. Fresh and vintage at the same time."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred
*A Kirkus Best Books of 2011 selection
"With fun lift-the-flap details and tummy-tickling rhymes, this book will appeal to fans of slapstick humor. The cartoon illustrations really bring the silliness to life. A great read-aloud with an interesting history and musical connection."
--School Library Journal