Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

When the monster under the bed or in the woods turns out to be real—when the people who told you it was only a dream turn out to be wrong—when you see children float or bonelessly stretch or possibly commune with insects—then you know you’re at Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

In this new book by Ransom Riggs, sixteen year old Jacob has just lost his beloved, crazy, story-telling grandfather to what everyone says was a wild dog attack. But Jacob was the only witness, and that’s not what Jacob saw. Despite the best efforts of his shrink, he knows what he knows, and he knows he needs to find out more.

With his inept and vacillating father, Jacob visits the remote island where his grandfather was sent as a child for safety during World War II. He discovers a world of peculiarity, a world where he doesn’t have to stamp down his belief in the magical or his taste for the bizarre. But it’s a fragile world that very much needs Jacob to be a hero, and being a hero is never easy.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is illustrated with atmospheric and extraordinary vintage photos which help develop a certain grimly fantastical aesthetic reminiscent of Edward Gorey’s work. If you enjoy that sort of thing, (and really, who wouldn’t?) you may also find another of our upcoming acquisitions rather thrilling-- a book of photography called Strange Vintage Fictions: the world of Haggis Vitae by Julie Miller.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent book. And the ending is such a surprise. Be sure to read it all, including the author's comments at the end.