We're going on an adventure!
One of the greatest joys of reading is being taken away from the everyday and getting lost in someone else's narrative; and adventure fiction is the perfect genre for this, full of excitement and action.
Within these stories we get to meet unique individuals, visit surreal places and experience adventures beyond our wildest dreams; we can truly escape into another realm.
Today (9 May) is the birthday of author JM Barrie, whose famed children's book, Peter Pan, takes us on one of the greatest adventures of all, to Neverland.
In honour of his birthday we've explored his adventure story alongside several others which have kept us enthralled and desperately eager to experience for ourselves.
The Darling children in Neverland
Neverland is an imaginary faraway place, where Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys and other mythical creatures live. It is a place with no boundaries, where anything is possible and where you can even stop ageing.
The adventure begins for the Darling children when Peter Pan is spotted spying in on their bedtime story. Peter invites Wendy and her two brothers back to Neverland with him, and soon all three Darling children are following Peter out of the window, flying towards Neverland. And so their adventure begins...
Max's wild adventure
The wonderful illustrations in Maurice Sendak's picture book, Where the Wild Things Are, make Max's adventure even more enticing.
After being sent to bed as a punishment for misbehaving, Max finds his bedroom has been transformed into a magical jungle. He sails to a mysterious island, where the inhabitants, known as the "Wild Things", hail him as their king. Max enjoys a night of celebrations and revelry before returning home to his family.
Searching for a lost world
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's, The Lost World, is just one of the many adventure books featured on Kumon's Recommended Reading List.
Along with journalist Edward Malone and his companions, we are taken on a mighty trek through the Amazonian Rainforest in search of a lost world. Home to dinosaurs and other pre-historic beings, this certainly is a place only inhabitable through the pages of fiction.
Now you've read about some of our favourite adventures, what's going to be your next adventure?