Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Book: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Published: Quirk Books
Purchase: Waterstones, Smiths, Amazon, you know, a book shop somewhere 🙂

I am an avid fan of the weird and the wonderful. Wacky is great and Magic is absolutely real and no, you cannot convince me to the contrary. This being said, it is entirely unsurprising that ‘Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children’ worked its way into my ‘To Read’ pile. Nor is it that unusual that I picked this to read after a ridiculously long day at work, over the thrillers, the language books and the histories. I definitely chose the right book to read! I had to reluctantly put this book down some fifty pages to the end last night, in order to actually make it into work this morning. part of the reason I chose to read this is because of the upcoming movie, and, in all honesty, it is a little wacky and different which is absolutely my kind of book.

This is the story of teenage Jacob Portman, as he discovers the world of his grandfather. A world where children are born with ‘peculiarities’. He finds friends amongst the invisible boy, a girl who can levitate, a boy full of bees and a girl who can create fire from her hands. Headmistress of this home, is Miss Peregrine, a shape-shifting, time-manipulating Peculiar who has taken it upon herself to care for the children, and protect them from the real world. But there is danger, and while Jacob has found the children, so have the Hollowgast, and only Jacob can help save them!
I was hooked. It starts off with Jacob as a child, hanging onto his grandfathers stories, and follows his wonder turn to disbelief, in the same way a child stops believing in santa. Later, he goes on a journey of physical and self discovery. That this story was concocted around a series of old photographs is remarkable! And I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the vivid descriptions and the character of Miss Peregrine!
I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of book 2 from Amazon, and I am also eagerly awaiting the movie, to see what magic Tim Burton has created from this magical tale. I can already tell from the trailer that the story has been adjusted. But really, what book-to-movie adaptations are ever as good as the book? I will have to review the film once I have seen it.
I absolutely definitely recommend this, to anyone, regardless of what you usually read!

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