Miss Peregrine�s Home for Peculiar Children. Book review

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Quirkbooks, $17.99

Reviewed by Jan Edwards

 The production values on this book are excellent, with its red cloth hard covers with gold lettering and stitched inner using good quality paper. It has lavish illustrations, mostly old photographs but with the occasional line drawing.

When Grandpa Portman dies Jacob catches a glimpse of the monster that killed him, and realises that the crazy stories Grandpa told may not be that crazy. When Jacob is left some odd photos (used in the book) he persuades his father to take him from Florida to North Wales on a holiday to find what the photos could mean.

As the title suggests this is about a home for peculiar children which appears to be a ‘Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters’ with a dose of Hogwarts. There is a hint of Lovecraft and a suggestion of Alan Garner in the way that Jacob uncovers his family legacy bound inextricably with legends of the past. An older reader (especially the British ones) may find the portrayal of Wales and the Welsh somewhat odd, and the oddly elastic age of Jacob from young child requiring Dad’s permission to go out alone to teenage lad in love, a little irritating. But this is a YA book (up to 15 years) and for that audience will be a good exciting read with bags of intrigue and a cliff-hanger ending that bodes fair for at least a second volume.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Quirkbooks, $17.99

Reviewed by Jan Edwards

 The production values on this book are excellent, with its red cloth hard covers with gold lettering and stitched inner using good quality paper. It has lavish illustrations, mostly old photographs but with the occasional line drawing.

When Grandpa Portman dies Jacob catches a glimpse of the monster that killed him, and realises that the crazy stories Grandpa told may not be that crazy. When Jacob is left some odd photos (used in the book) he persuades his father to take him from Florida to North Wales on a holiday to find what the photos could mean.

As the title suggests this is about a home for peculiar children which appears to be a ‘Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters’ with a dose of Hogwarts. There is a hint of Lovecraft and a suggestion of Alan Garner in the way that Jacob uncovers his family legacy bound inextricably with legends of the past. An older reader (especially the British ones) may find the portrayal of Wales and the Welsh somewhat odd, and the oddly elastic age of Jacob from young child requiring Dad’s permission to go out alone to teenage lad in love, a little irritating. But this is a YA book (up to 15 years) and for that audience will be a good exciting read with bags of intrigue and a cliff-hanger ending that bodes fair for at least a second volume.