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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel

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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!

272 pages, Hardcover

First published January 1, 2011

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Ransom Riggs

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Hi, I'm Ransom, and I like to tell stories. Sometimes I tell them with words, sometimes with pictures, often with both. I grew up on a farm on the Eastern shore of Maryland and also in a little house by the beach in Englewood, Florida where I got very tan and swam every day until I became half fish. I started writing stories when I was young, on an old typewriter that jammed and longhand on legal pads. When I was a little older I got a camera for Christmas and became obsessed with photography, and when I was a little older still my friends and I came into possession of a half-broken video camera and began to make our own movies, starring ourselves, using our bedrooms and backyards for sets. I have loved writing stories and taking photographs and making movies ever since, and have endeavored to do all three.

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Profile Image for Jessica.
265 reviews3,538 followers
June 6, 2015
Loved this! It's been awhile since I've read this one, and I really wanted to read Hollow City, so I'm really excited I could quickly read this graphic novel as a refresher! Going to read Hollow next for the first time! #TBRTakedown
Profile Image for Jesse (JesseTheReader).
468 reviews176k followers
November 1, 2013
I just love this story SO much! It was interesting to see it play out in a graphic novel. I'm always going to prefer the book over any adaptation that comes out of it, but I still really enjoyed this. It was a nice refresher and it hit all the key plot points. It made me even more excited for Hollow City. JANUARY 2014 BABY!
Profile Image for Jeffrey West.
91 reviews182 followers
October 4, 2013
It looks like a lot of people are reviewing the wrong book. This is the graphic novel which doesn't even come out until October 29, 2013. Stop reviewing the wrong edition.
Profile Image for Miranda Reads.
1,589 reviews157k followers
December 10, 2020
Wonderful art, solid storyline

I am a sucker for books with fabulous pictures.

The first book (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) already had vintage photos scattered throughout...so I was a little unsure how if adding more pictures would truly provide anything valuable to the storyline...

Let me assure you, it did.

It didn't feel like the graphic novel cut anything from the story - even though it was certainly shorter and contained far less text. The images are expressive and enhance the story in every positive away that the story almost feels the same as reading the novel.

Highly recommended.

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Profile Image for Emma.
59 reviews2,303 followers
August 22, 2017
Rereading the book in this form reminded me how much I loooooved it the first time. Now I'm so ready to finish the series!! Also the art style was mind blowing as per usual with Cassandra Jean.
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2,038 reviews709 followers
July 20, 2020
Enter the world of make believe as a young man, Jacob, is drawn into a time where children who are indeed peculiar show Jacob just how strange a world others have never known can be. Armed with the knowledge of his unusual grandfather and a collection of strange photographs, Jacob, indeed different himself, takes a trip with his father to an island where in 1940 a home was destroyed with the children inside by the bombings by Nazi Germany.

Jacob struggles with living in the real world. He is a loner, misunderstood, under the care of a psychologist. He is adrift so on this mysterious island where his father is researching birds for a book he will never write. Jacob is transported into this world run by the very unusual Miss Peregrine, where children can and do look amazing and perform amazing feats. Jacob is enthralled and soon as danger lurks finds himself drawn into a world he had never imagined, a world where his grandfather existed, a world right before his eyes.

This was a well done fantasy story that had a fine amount of tension along with the theme that we never really know what might exist right before our eyes. Interestingly too, is that the author used old photographs as a jumping off point for his story telling.
Profile Image for Maxwell.
1,172 reviews8,384 followers
August 3, 2016
Obviously I loved this just as much as the full novel. The illustrations fit perfectly with the story. I loved the use of color sporadically throughout, and how it emphasized the mood of the scene.

It did leave out minor plot points and details that would have just made it too long, so that was alright.
Something I appreciated was the drawing of the hollowgast, because when I read the story I didn't really understand or have a vision of what they looked like. Also it was really fun to see how the characters were drawn compared to how I saw them in my head.

The integration of the creepy, original pictures was done pretty well too. Definitely stays true to the book.

A great, quick, fun, beautiful read to go along with the book series. I am excited to get the "Hollow City" version!
Profile Image for Angigames.
1,269 reviews
February 21, 2017
3 stelle e mezzo (4 stelle ai disegni della Jean, 3 alla storia)
Sono anni che vedo il libro da cui è tratta questa graphic novel da per tutto, ma per un motivo o per l’altro non l’ho mai letto. Non so... è stato un libro talmente chiacchierato che la mia curiosità con il tempo si è persa…
Ma quando ho saputo dell’uscita di questa graphic novel non ho potuto dire di no. Mi è sembrata un ottima soluzione, avrei conosciuto la storia e tutto mi sarebbe stato mostrato dalle splendide tavole di Cassandra Jean!
Per quanto riguarda i disegni, non avevo dubbi dell’abilità della Jean, infatti le sue tavole sono bellissime. Tratti molto particolari, riconoscibili eppure nuovi, scelta dei colori accurata e soprattutto azzeccata. Bel lavoro, ci sono alcuni disegni che mi hanno lasciato a bocca aperta.
La storia mi ha un po’ deluso. O meglio, la maniera in cui si è deciso di trasportarla da romanzo a graphic novel non mi ha convito, non so se mi sono spiegata.
Insomma, la storia di per se è molto particolare e molto ben congenita, ma tutto si perde a causa della velocità con cui si è deciso di narrala in questo frangente. A metà libro già sappiamo tutto. Non c’è stato nessun colpo di scena, nessuna cosa che mi abbia fatto trattenere il fiato. Troppo velocemente Jacob fa amicizia con i ragazzi speciali, si scorrono le pagine e già si arriva alla fine…
Mi sono sentita quasi tradita dalla storia in sé.
Poi il vero ORRORE è la pseudo love story tra Jacob ed Emma. Qui presentata con una velocità pazzesca, ma no… cioè, NO VI PREGO! DITEMI CHE HO CAPITO MALE! Che non finirà come credo…
Perché sarebbe imbarazzante e mi sa tanto di mezzo incesto e, soprattutto… di banale!
Nota positiva: comunque sono molto curiosa di leggere la seconda parte della storia, spero esca presto!
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26 reviews3 followers
May 6, 2013
I am halfway through this book and can only say I already know this is one of those books it will take me a long long while to get over. The characters in these kinds of books become my friends and I miss them so when their stories don't mingle with mine anymore...
Profile Image for Mira123.
535 reviews
May 24, 2023
Leute, ich habe mich endlich, endlich an ein italienisches Buch gewagt. Ich lerne ja seit inzwischen fast zwei Jahren Italienisch an der Uni, davor habe ich in der Hauptschule schon ein bisschen Italienisch gelernt, aber davon nicht besonders viel mitgenommen. So wirklich auf Italienisch zu lesen, das habe ich mich bisher aber nie getraut. Aber irgendwann muss man diesen ersten Schritt wagen - und die Entscheidung, wann dieser erste Schritt sein soll, hat mir meine Professorin abgenommen. Denn wir müssen irgendwann im Laufe des Semesters ein Buch unserer Wahl präsentieren. Ich bin morgen dran (also bitte Daumen halte. Anstrengende Woche. Am Mittwoch präsentiere ich mein Masterthema meiner Seminargruppe. Diese Rezension wird schon etwas früher vorbereitet. Wisst ihr wieviel Gehirnschmalz ich gebraucht habe, um rauszufinden, dass ich Donnerstag in diesem Satz als "morgen" bezeichnen sollte?)

Ich habe mich für dieses Buch aus zwei Gründen entschieden. Erstens, weil es ein Graphic Novel ist und ich gehofft habe, dass mir das hilft, zu verstehen, um was es eigentlich geht. Und zweitens, weil ich den Film dazu bereits kannte und mir dachte, dass das vielleicht hilfreich ist, wenn ich die Handlung bereits kenne. Tja, bei letzterem habe ich definitiv falsch gedacht. Wie weit kann ein Film vom Buch entfernt sein? Hier wurde unglaublich viel geändert! Schauplätze, Figuren wurden gestrichen, verschmolzen oder neu dazuerfunden, zusätzliche Twists wurden eingefügt, die aber gar nicht wirklich nötig gewesen wären, zumindest meiner Meinung nach. Buch und Film unterscheiden sich sehr von einander. Trotzdem würde ich sagen, dass beides seinen Reiz hat. Ich weiß, ungewöhnliche Meinung meinerseits. Hängt wahrscheinlich damit zusammen, dass ich den Film bereits vor einer Ewigkeit gesehen und ihn schon gesehen habe, bevor ich das Buch gelesen habe.

Dadurch, dass ich doch noch dabei bin, Italienisch zu lernen, werde ich es mir auf Goodreads und co. verkneifen, eine Sternebewertung zu vergeben. Wenn ich alle paar Worte wieder eine Übersetzung nachschlagen muss, bin ich meiner Meinung nach einfach nicht berechtigt, über Schreibstil oder die Charakterisierung der Figuren zu urteilen. Das wäre dem Buch gegenüber einfach nicht fair. Das einzige, das ich wirklich bewerten kann, ist der Zeichenstil, in dem der Graphic Novel gezeichnet wurde. Der hat mir eigentlich ganz gut gefallen. Hat mich persönlich (als Nicht-Manga-Leserin, also ich entschuldige mich jetzt schon!) irgendwie an den Zeichenstil eines Mangas erinnert. Besonders schön fand ich das Spielen mit den Farben. Teile des Buchs sind in Schwarz-Weiß gehalten, andere sind farbig, und dadurch entsteht meiner Meinung nach eine weitere Erzählebene. Das fand ich toll gemacht.

Mein Fazit? Eine interessante Lektüre für mich. Alles habe ich (noch) nicht verstanden, aber das Buch hat mir trotzdem gut gefallen.
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588 reviews28 followers
June 7, 2018
Eine sehr interessante Umsetzung der Geschichte als Comic. Ich habe das Buch nicht gelesen - möchte das jetzt aber unbedingt nachholen! - aber diese Adaption hat mir beim Lesen viel Spaß gemacht. Der einzige kleine Kritikpunkt ist die doch etwas fehlende "Tiefe", die im Buch sicherlich mehr zum Tragen kommt. Auch auf die Folgebände bin ich gespannt.
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21 reviews11 followers
May 5, 2017
Wasn't to big, and i kind of liked the book. Honestly it was good enough to make me want to read the next one. I liked how it was written and how it summed up the actual book in a graphic novel form.
Profile Image for Emma.
2,508 reviews853 followers
November 21, 2021
This was creepy and a lot weird! Time loops, wytes, peculiar children as in the title- quite a tale. I never got on with this story in novel form but as a graphic novel it worked well.
Profile Image for Ally C.
13 reviews8 followers
December 5, 2016
This boo was okay, It was really slow and i didn't want to pick it back up. I rated it a 3 because people who actually like graphic navies would probably like this book ( i am not one of those people)
Profile Image for Gina.
447 reviews51 followers
August 26, 2015
This was so good! I think it helped having read the book before the graphic novel but the graphic novel makes the story so much creepier!! Loved it!
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10 reviews1 follower
November 2, 2017
I think that the story didn't really have a plot. It was confusing and kind of boring
Profile Image for Dimitra.
518 reviews53 followers
November 5, 2015
(στα ελληνικά υπάρχει review στο blog μου http://pumpeduppages.blogspot.gr/2015... )


I ADORE these books and when I saw the graphic novel I HAD to get it!
It took me some time but I finally did, and read it in one sitting!!!

It's unbelievably awesome!
The artwork is stunning, it's so easy to read and I enjoyed it so so SO much!!!

I can't wait for Hollow City graphic novel!

One of the best, unique and beautiful book series I have ever read in my life, so far!

Thank you R.Riggs and Cassandra Jean!!! You are both AWESOME!

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224 reviews198 followers
July 5, 2015

You know a graphic novel is good when you see a whole new facet of a story through its eyes. Or, well, through its art, at any rate.
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91 reviews
March 25, 2016
A nice summary of the story. Can't replace the actual book, though. A good read-in-one-sitting book.
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1,893 reviews
March 11, 2017
I have actually not read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Nor have I seen the movie. But I am absolutely fascinated by graphic novels. And so when I came across this graphic novel at my library I knew that I wanted to read it.

This graphic novel is easy to follow. I'm assuming that it pretty much follows the book's story.

I really enjoyed the story and I really enjoyed the illustrations. I cannot wait to read the second graphic novel.
Profile Image for Isabella.
438 reviews38 followers
March 6, 2021
Rating: 5 stars

These graphic novels are really phenomenal. The illustrations match the story just perfectly and complement it wonderfully. 100% recommend to anyone, familiar with the series or not.
Profile Image for Effie.
65 reviews34 followers
June 23, 2017
Tu y retrouveras tous tes personnages aimés. Sauf un... Mais je ne te dirai pas lequel...
Profile Image for SpaceBubble.
222 reviews26 followers
July 27, 2021
C’était super sympa de lire cette œuvre avec des illustrations. Je les trouve très percutantes et elles collent vraiment bien à l’univers du roman. J’avoue que j’avais pas envie de me lire les pavés donc en BD c’est parfait !
Profile Image for Abigail.
170 reviews44 followers
January 9, 2023
I've been wanting to reread this series for a while and starting off with the graphic novels was a great plan. Whilst I felt some parts were a bit too fast paced (especially introducing the characters) I really enjoyed it and will continue on to read Hollow city soon.
Profile Image for Malene.
243 reviews86 followers
January 21, 2016
"I wanted to act like I didn't care about the last words, but I did."

Jeg læste den første bog omkring Peregrines sælsomme børn i foråret sidste år (læs anmeldelsen her) og på trods af, at jeg havde forventet noget helt andet, så var jeg godt underholdt af historien.
Så selvfølgelig måtte jeg også læse tegneserien (graphic novellen lyder spøjst og jeg har stadig ikke helt fundet ud af, hvad jeg ellers skal kalde det), da jeg opdagede den.

"I told Emma about my grandfather.
About his murder.
About the Monster."

Selve tegningerne synes jeg virkelig bidrog fantastisk til historien - de er lige tilpas skumle (nogle af dem en anelse for meget, men jeg er også lidt sart) og jeg elsker hvordan illustratoren har skiftet mellem sort/hvid og farver igennem historien, alt efter hvilken stemning der er.
Det gjorde bestemt synsoplevelsen til en fornøjelse og mine øjne kørte over siderne igen og igen, for at nærstudere de små detaljer.

Rent historiemæssigt er det jo selvfølgelig meget afkortet i tegneserien (that is sort of the point), men det var desværre også så afkortet, at det føltes lidt fladt ind i mellem og jeg er også overbevist om, at havde jeg ikke læst romanen i forvejen, så havde jeg været på bar bund - derfor vil jeg også anbefale, at man læser bogen før graphic-novellen.

Så vurderringsmæssigt havde jeg nogenlunde samme oplevelse med tegneserien, som jeg havde med romanen - dog af forskellige årsager.
Jeg er dog ret glad for at have læst begge to, da de på en eller anden måde bidrog til hinanden og jeg har nu en nogenlunde fuldendt oplevelse i mit hoved (hvis det da på nogen måde giver mening for nogen).

"I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life,
but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed
to notice how extraordinary it was."
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