From Debbie Wiley Book Reviews
Home for Peculiar Children
thought his grandfather’s stories were just that- stories. After
all, how could a world exist with monsters, a levitating girl, and an
enchanted children’s home? But then Jacob’s world is shaken up and now
Jacob is wondering… what if those stories are actually true? What will
Jacob find on the Welsh island?
MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN is a compelling story,
richly textured both in language and in pictures. Ransom Riggs’
exquisite use of language evokes a haunting atmosphere, while the
photos enhance the eeriness of the overall storyline. The two elements
work well together, even as the story would stand alone without the
accompanying pictures. Quite honestly, I almost didn’t read this tale
because I worried the photos would focus more on the typical “circus
freak” storyline, but this was far from the case. Instead, the pictures
add a mystical quality, showing the reader how a photo can tell a story.
Jacob’s journey is a fascinating one. From the exciting new world he
visits to the intriguing characters, every aspect is superbly done.
MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN is the first in a series,
so readers should note that it ends on a cliffhanger. Even without a
sequel, however, the ending fits, as it leaves some of the mysteries
unanswered- and sometimes a story that leaves room for the imagination
is better than one that tells all. Beautifully done!
Publisher: Quirk Books (June
by Debbie, Debbie Wiley Book Reviews