Sunday, October 2, 2011
Review: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books, 2011
The loss of his grandfather and attempting to solve the puzzle of his final words sends sixteen-year-old Jacob on a journey to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive.
There is a great deal to love about this book before you even get to actually reading it. Open that deliciously creepy looking cover and discover beautiful black and brown pages that remind one of Victorian wallpaper - this features throughout in pages between the chapters. The text is printed on thick , pure white paper that has a luxury silky smooth finish. All quite gorgeous and very cleverly designed to appeal to potential readers by offering something new and original.
Then there are the vintage photographs - I loved those too and they created a marvellous spooky atmosphere.
Would Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children be receiving the attention it's getting without the above two elements? I doubt it although the story is entertaining enough - a mixture of adventure, time travel , a haunted house , ghosts and spooky happenings that should particularly appeal to young teens.Personally, not being a YA fiction reader, although I quite enjoyed the first half I then began to lose interest so skimmed through the second half very quickly. I'm still glad I brought it home even if it was only to enjoy the presentation and the photographs,