After I finished reading about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I wasn’t certain I wanted to write a book review. The book by Ransom Riggs has been out for quite some time, and it was even made into a movie a while back. I felt like perhaps Miss Peregrine’s home and her children had already been covered quite extensively, so I thought maybe I’d be wasting everyone’s time by adding my two sense to the mix.
But the truth of the matter is this: I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. I haven’t been this excited about a series in quite some time. In me, it produced the kind of excitement I simply have to share.
Not since I began reading Harry Potter in eighth grade, or the Lord of the Rings later in life, have I been this excited about starting a new series.
Miss Peregrine’s Home: Peculiar Children Book Review
As Miss Peregrine’s Home begins, Jacob is questioning whether he should believe the fantastically unbelievable stories his grandfather has told him throughout his life. As a child, Jacob believed the stories to be true—especially because Jacob’s grandfather had photos to backup his claims.
But as Jacob grows older, he began to wonder whether his grandfather had sensationalized the stories in his own mind in order to cope with horrifying things happening outside of his control during his childhood. For example, Jacob’s grandfather was a Jewish child during WWII, and Jacob rationalizes that his grandfather invented his stories in an effort to deal with the horrors inflicted on his psyche.
But when Jacob’s grandfather is killed, Jacob begins to revisit the his grandfathers wild stories, and he begins to question whether his grandfather was really as crazy as he seemed. Jacob just can’t shake the feeling that his grandfather was trying to tell him something before he died, and the 16-year-old decides it’s up to him to determine his grandfather’s legacy once and for all. To that end, he sets out on a quest to visit the island his grandfather lived on during WWII, and what he finds will surprise even the most seasoned fantasy reader.
What Made Miss Peregrine’s Home Special
Here’s what made Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children special: In order to write about Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children, Riggs pulled together 50 authentic and odd photos from years past and weaved them all into a story. Throughout the book,
readers get to see a real-life photo of the levitating girl. They get to see photos of a woman resembling Miss Peregrine. In these photos, the reader get a real-life visual image of the characters who pull this strange story together and make it work.
It’s been a long time since I came across a book that stimulated so many parts of my creative mind so thoroughly. There’s the imaginative aspect of Riggs’ story, in which he’s able to pick the reader up out of the modern day and transport them straight into 1940. When reading, rarely do I leave my real life and sink into the imagined world so completely. The photos help, of course!
Additionally, this book is simply beautiful. The publisher truly did a fantastic job of making this book into a work of art rather than simply a story. The chapter pages each are decorated ornately, which isn’t something I’ve seen in a book before. I loved it, and I loved this story.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the Miss Peregrine’s Home: Peculiar Children series.
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