I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel by Cassandra Jean, Ransom Riggs
Also by this author: Hollow City
Published by Hachette Digital, Inc. on October 28, 2013
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Ransom Riggs's haunting fantasy bestseller adapted to a graphic novel!
As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying 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 its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive.
Why Did I Read This Book?
I really like experiencing stories in different mediums. I know I have friends who don’t care for graphic novel adaptations of books they’ve already read, which is cool, we’ve all got our preferences. I picked up Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean because I thought it would be cool to get visuals beyond the photographs included in the original book by Riggs. I also had a copy on hand of The Hollow City to read and so, because it has been forever and a day since I read Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, I thought this graphic novel would be a great way to refresh my memory and also experience Riggs’s story in a whole new format.
What’s The Story Here?
Jacob Portman has grown up hearing strange stories from his grandfather for pretty much his entire life. Only, lately Jacob isn’t so sure he believes his grandfather. These stories are totally fantastical. Unfortunately for Jacob he receives a frantic call from his grandfather and discovers he has been attacked by this monster called a Hollowghast which basically look like Krampus according to the book, what with the tongue and all. So, then Jacob finds these photographs left by his grandfather and after some soul searching decides his grandfather was not lying after all and so convinces his dad to go to Cairn Island, which is off of Wales, in search of his grandfather’s childhood. When there, Jacob is pulled into this time loop where he goes back into the past and encounters this guardian named Miss Peregrine and her home for peculiar children. There, he meets the peculiar children, including one named Emma who had a thing for his grandfather. Unfortunately, the time loop is not quite as safe as Jacob hopes.
How’s The Artwork?
Cassandra Jean is the illustrator of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel. I think that if you like manga style, you will like this version. The lines are pretty angular and I would say that for the most part, the art is realistic looking. What I thought was cool was how when Jacob is in present, normal time, the art is in black and white. However, when he slips into the time loop, the art gains color. It reminded me of The Wizard Of Oz, when Dorothy enters Oz and everything is in color. I kind of like the statement that makes. I really liked that I was better able to picture the peculiar children because they were drawn out for me. Also, Jean includes the photos from the original book in the graphic novel which is kind of neat.
Any Other Thoughts?
I realize this review is super short, because I don’t want to get repetitive and I pretty much explained my feelings for this story in my review of the original book. However, what I will say is that if you are about to read The Hollow City but don’t have time to re-read the original book, check out this graphic novel. It will take less time and it’s a pretty decent adaptation. I really liked encountering the story and the photographs again and now I have a better idea of how to visualize everything. Also, it was cool because at the end, there’s an illustrated preview of The Hollow City which makes me want a graphic novel version of it, although I have not read it yet.