“I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.”
On September 30th, fans will be flocking to theaters to watch director Tim Burton‘s take on Ransom Riggs, New York Times best selling book, “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.” Our plea to you is READ THE BOOK first!
We just finished reading the book and we can tell you that it’s a page turner that takes you into the fantastical world of Jacob, the Peculiars and the dreaded Wights. The book opens with an enticing epigraph by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Sleep is not, death is not;
Who seem to die live,
House you were born in,
Friends of your spring-time,
Old man and young maid,
Day’s toil and it’s guerdon,
They are all vanishing,
Fleeing to fables,
Cannot be moored.
From here it’s off to the races as Jacob discovers a world he never knew, or even believed, existed.
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of peculiar photographs. It all waits to be discovered in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” 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 decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrin’s children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. they may have been quarantined on a desert island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive.
Riggs has crafted a wonderful story full of time travel, extraordinary abilities and wicked villains. The book has 50 fantastic black and white photos throughout that really help capture the tone of the story in a special way. The MINUTE we finished this book we were already excited to get on to the next book in the series, “Hollow City.” Here is what Riggs had to say about the continuation of Jacob’s and the peculiar children’s drama.
“The first book was about opening a door and discovering a world. In the second book we get to explore that world. But it’s no tourist trip- it’s a world facing a mortal and existential threat, from both the Axis powers and from the Corrupted: the Wights and the Hollows. Jacob and his new friends embark upon a death-defying, time-trotting adventure to save their ymbrynes, their way of life, and perhaps the very world, as they struggle to derail their enemies’ disastrous plans, they get themselves into all manner of peculiar and dangerous situations, meet all sorts of curious beings and unusual people, and explore places they never could’ve imagined.”
We have a strong feeling that Tim Burton is going to give us some incredible visuals but do yourself a favor and check out Quirk Books movie tie-in edition of Ransom Riggs, “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.” Click HERE to order your copy today!