Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First Published: October 29th, 2013
Publisher: Yen Press
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Mystery, Horror
When Jacob Portman was a boy, his grandfather regaled him with stories of his fantastic life at Miss Peregrine’s home during the Second World War, even sharing photos of the remarkable children with whom he resided. As Jacob grew up, though, he decided that these photos were obvious fakes, simple forgeries designed to stir his youthful imagination. Or were they…?
Following his grandfather’s death – a scene Jacob literally couldn’t believe with his own eyes – the sixteen-year-old boy embarks on a mission to disentangle fact from fiction in his grandfather’s tall tales. But even his grandfather’s elaborate yarns couldn’t prepare Jacob for the eccentricities he will discover at Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children!
What a delightful reading experience. Cassandra Jean’s artwork is admirable and quite pleasing to the eyes. I read the first tome of the book series and found it rather uneventful and unsurprising.
But I could not get enough of this graphic novel adaptation. I’m a sucker for beautiful illustrations, so that had me going, but the writing was very engaging also, now that it’s not overflowing with unnecessary thoughts and descriptions. It’s more “to the point” than in the book.
It’s rare that I admit to preferring an adaptation to the original work. For example, I find that 99 percent of books are better than their movie adaptation. Who’s with me on that? And so it’s wonderful to see that a story not enjoyed in novel format can be enjoyed in another one (i.e. graphic novel).
I did not feel that anything of major importance was left out of the story, but it’s true there are some events that were fast-speeded. That’s okay. It’s one of the reasons I enjoyed this so much: it didn’t drag like the book. Because of this, I was more interested in getting to know all of the “peculiar” characters.
Still unsure if I should be watching the movie any soon, because it wasn’t very successful and I’m afraid it’s going to be a disaster like the movie adaptation of The Mortal Instruments series. In any case, I will be picking the second graphic novel up… in a few minutes. Excited!
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