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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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...
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.
Another well done graphic novel-ization of a book I've read. A nice way of refreshing my memory of the story, since I read it a few years ago. I am hoping to finally finish this series in the next few months.
I have been a fan of Cassandra Jean's drawing skills for a while now, and this graphic novel is definitely a wonderful example of how talented this woman is. It has so many colours that masterfully create the perfect atmosphere and setting for the scene. This book is clearly an eye candy.
And, obviously, the story is exceptionally nice. I read the book, and I really enjoyed it wholeheartedly, now I've reread it as a graphic novel encompassing Ransom's magic and uniqe storytelling style again.
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.
3,75/5 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 !
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.