Saturday, June 25, 2011
Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I would have given it 5 stars but I just don't see this as a book I would re-read a million times.
Jacob is incredibly close to his Grandfather. Grandfather fills Jacob full of stories from his childhood spent in an "orphanage" for lack of a better word. Grandpa Abe was sent to a small island off the coast of Wales from Poland just before the rest of his family was carted off to the concentration camps. As Jacob grows older he realizes his Grandfather's "Monsters" are the Nazi's and the pictures he shares of the other kids in peculiar poses are trick photography. Grandpa's dying words to Jacob send him on a quest to the "home" where Abe spent his childhood and to learn the truth...which is far different than Jacob could have ever imagined.
I loved the story...it was very different and one of the things that set it apart was the "found" photos the author incorporated into the story (see book cover).
There are collectors out there that collect old photos they find, especially peculiar ones. These photos pepper the story. It made for really cool little asides as well as having a visual to accompany the description you just read. It made reading the book "fun".
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Posted by Pam Steinke at 6:31 PM