Sixteen String Jack and the Garden of Adventure by Tom Pow
Published by Birlinn Limited
Sixteen String Jack is the story of a happy time in the author James Barrie’s childhood and his relationship with the Gordon family of Moat Brae, particularly brothers Stewart and Hal. Together the three created wonderful imaginative games in their lush garden and this glorious time later inspired the stories of Peter Pan.
Set in the present day, the garden now lies neglected. An elderly relative of a fictional house-maid who once worked at Moat Brae recounts tales of the three boys playing in the Big House gardens. Wild tales of fierce fights, of pirates and Indians are beautifully described to her own granddaughter Daisy.
Daisy imagines herself as a participant of the fun and we, the reader, also become fully immersed into the story. The illustrations are tenderly created and delicate. They are simply outstanding. You can feel the gentle rustle of the long grass right through to the roar of a battle charge. Daisy is enthralled and so are we.
Barrie’s tale is so captivating and timeless that Peter Pan will never die as long as the stories are told. Children around the world will always believe in the power of imagination carrying Peter into flight forever.
Peter Pan is back and the garden will come alive again says Daisy’s grandmother. And she is right! This beautiful book goes a long way in helping sustain Barrie’s legacy.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Tom Pow
Illustrator: Ian Andrew
Title: Sixteen String Jack and the Garden of Adventure
Publisher: Birlinn Limited
Published: July 2015