My thumbnail review for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? It’s the book for people who understand or have heard of Harry Potter, Dr. Who, and The Avengers, but don’t necessarily care about any of them. Just when you thought all realms of all possibilities have been exhausted in terms of imagination and story telling, along comes author Ransom Riggs and offers his vision of a world that exists just beyond our own. A living, breathing world that has been under our noses for an eternity. Riggs has a talent for building tension and constructing an almost legitimate world that could plausibly exist without too much backstory. My only issue with this book was that it was too short. It was a quick read that was helped along by a plot that moved as fast as freight train rolling down hill.
The other issue I have is one of the reviewers featured as an endorsement for this book is quoted as saying something to the effect of, “not your typical children’s book…” The protagonist is in his late teens who may have been diagnosed with a depression disorder, his parents are apathetic caricatures, the story incorporates shades of the horrors of World War II, and there’s a little banter early on in the story between the main character and a random friend of his that involves a rather unsavory, but no less un-funny, remark about the other one’s mother. Now, overlooking the fact that this reviewer can’t discern the difference between “Children’s Books” and “Young Adult” literature, my question for this so-called reviewer is, what kind of children’s books have YOU been reading?
Anyway, it’s fast paced, deeply moving in parts, and a wonderful genesis story for a series that will be the delight of many. Well done.
My oldest daughter yanked this out of my hands as soon as I was done with it…she hates reading.