Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
ISBN: 9781594744761
Pages: 352
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

Jacob has listened to his grandfather’s mysterious and fanciful tales about his childhood all his life, but he always assumed they were exaggerations.  That is, until one day, when sixteen-year-old Jacob finds his grandfather dying after some sort of vicious attack and sees the monster that murdered him, something right out of his grandfather’s stories.  Desperate to understand what has happened, Jacob travels to a small island off the coast of Wales in order to find the truth about his grandfather’s past.

Review:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is one of the most unique books I’ve read in recent memory.  Not only is the story singular, but the layout of the book is very appealing.  The novel is centered around old black and white photographs that Ransom Riggs actually found in people’s collections.  People used tricks in order to create optical illusions within photographs – a levitating girl, a double reflection in a lake – and it seems that Riggs used these in order to craft this novel, asking, “What if these weren’t optical illusions at all?  What would the stories behind them be?”

Jacob is an appealing young narrator.  His sense of guilt permeates the novel; he wonders what might have happened if he hadn’t doubted those old stories, if his grandfather might still be alive.  His openness to the strange things he finds on the Welsh island is welcome and refreshing.  He feels connected to that place, like he has somewhere to belong, something he hasn’t found in the everyday world.  Riggs wrote a wonderful main character for this book, someone readers will really be able to connect with regardless of age or gender.

The story of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is really magical.  It seems like it would be a super creepy book from the cover, but it’s not really.  Of course it has spooky and frightening elements, but it’s more of a fantastical novel with some dark twists.  I absolutely fell in love with the world that Riggs created, and it makes me so glad that he is writing a sequel to this novel.

I will say that Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a novel that needs to be read in print; readers need to be able to easily flip from description to photograph, to be able to really study the pictures on all the glorious detail.  What’s more, Quirk Books has done an amazing job making this book absolutely beautiful to behold.  While an ebook might work fine for the story, it will take away from really experiencing the book.

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Comments

  1. I enjoyed this book and I realize how it ended was so the story could have “more adventures” but I was not happy that Jacobs father didn’t find out about his dad. there was anguish there that needed to be taken care of. soI was a bit disappointed in the ending

  2. I enjoyed this book and I realize how it ended was so the story could have “more adventures” but I was not happy that Jacobs father didn’t find out about his dad. there was anguish there that needed to be taken care of. soI was a bit disappointed in the ending

  3. I want to check this book out simply because it’s so unique.

  4. I want to check this book out simply because it’s so unique.

  5. I have gone back and forth about this book for the longest time, but recently I picked it up in the bookstore and gave it a thorough look through and think that it’s just strange enough for me to enjoy. I am glad to hear that you liked it too! I am adding this one to my list, and am probably going to check it out sometime after the holidays. Wonderful review today!

  6. I have gone back and forth about this book for the longest time, but recently I picked it up in the bookstore and gave it a thorough look through and think that it’s just strange enough for me to enjoy. I am glad to hear that you liked it too! I am adding this one to my list, and am probably going to check it out sometime after the holidays. Wonderful review today!

  7. I loved this book! I thought the pictures really added a special element and I can’t wait for the sequel.

  8. I loved this book! I thought the pictures really added a special element and I can’t wait for the sequel.

  9. This has appeal, loving the idea that the old photographs are jumping off points forge story.

  10. This has appeal, loving the idea that the old photographs are jumping off points forge story.

  11. I have heard a lot about this novel, but I didn’t realize there were photos involved. I love that! I’m going to bump this up on my list.

  12. I have heard a lot about this novel, but I didn’t realize there were photos involved. I love that! I’m going to bump this up on my list.

  13. I think my favourite aspect of this book was the old photographs and how they inspired the book in the first place. I am looking forward to the sequel!

  14. I think my favourite aspect of this book was the old photographs and how they inspired the book in the first place. I am looking forward to the sequel!

  15. What age is this book for? I have a 12 year old sister, a 14 year old brother, and a 16 year old sister I believe will enjoy it, but I’m not sure who to give it to for Christmas. No matter who gets it, everyone will get to read it, but I want to make it as significant/appropriate as possible.

  16. What age is this book for? I have a 12 year old sister, a 14 year old brother, and a 16 year old sister I believe will enjoy it, but I’m not sure who to give it to for Christmas. No matter who gets it, everyone will get to read it, but I want to make it as significant/appropriate as possible.

  17. Tierra – It’s hard for me to gauge age because I don’t have kids, but I think it would be appropriate for any age. There’s nothing objectionable about the book except for some scary parts that may freak out a young kid.

  18. Tierra – It’s hard for me to gauge age because I don’t have kids, but I think it would be appropriate for any age. There’s nothing objectionable about the book except for some scary parts that may freak out a young kid.

  19. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a very interesting book. I was attracted to it because of the pictures at first. I think it is a really original overall idea, and you are right… Whoever plans on checking it out should really get the hard-copy. The pictures come alive. The whole feel of the book would not be the same if not in print. I am currently working on a review for this book myself. Feel free to check it out: http://www.projectrainyday.wordpress.com

    Great review, thanks for sharing.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a very interesting book. I was attracted to it because of the pictures at first. I think it is a really original overall idea, and you are right… Whoever plans on checking it out should really get the hard-copy. The pictures come alive. The whole feel of the book would not be the same if not in print. I am currently working on a review for this book myself. Feel free to check it out: http://www.projectrainyday.wordpress.com

    Great review, thanks for sharing.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I really loved this book.It has a spooky swist to it

  22. Anonymous says:

    I really loved this book.It has a spooky swist to it

  23. I am definently (sorry I spelled that wrong)am going to check this book out at my book fair!

  24. I am definently (sorry I spelled that wrong)am going to check this book out at my book fair!

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