McCaughrean had these, highly encouraging, things to say about the novel:
- "Children like other-world adventures — they like going there. Children like to be taken out of themselves" (as do adults, I might add)
- "There are also fairies, pirates, children — and a circus — 'because children love animals and I felt we needed more of them.'"
- "Wendy, she said, is 'a bit more central to the story' this time — 'I wanted to make her more a prime mover.'"