Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Jacob is sixteen, in high school and hating work part-time in his family’s business. He loves his grandfather and all the tall tales that he told of an island with children with amazing powers – floating and being invisible and all sorts. As Jacob has grown, he realises that these are just stories about monsters from a man who fled the Nazis in World War Two. But when his grandfather passes away, Jacob realises that he must investigate this island find out the truth.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really like the way the author has tied the images in to the narrative and created a strange world – even a lot of parts of the real world are strange and mysterious. I think the audience for this book is probably hard to nail down – if you go too young, it may provoke nightmare material, but it’s not as gory and intense as recent popular YA novels such as the Hunger Games or the like. I definitely want to read on, to more adventures of these strange characters.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Film Review
After his grandfather’s death, Jacob (Asa Butterfield) and his father Frank (Chris O’Dowd) head to Wales to check out the island that may hold some secrets of his grandfather’s past – and he finds the time loop that contains Miss Peregrine and her home.
After loving the book, I was concerned about the film. But special effects have meant that it has been able to keep the spirit of the book beautifully. It was interesting to see how much the end was changed – unless I remember the end of the book incorrectly, it was extremely different. But I really liked the way the film used the technology to really bring to life the bad guys as well as the talents of the Peculiar Children.