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4.0 out of 5 stars A richly imagined world, 22 Aug. 2011
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This review is from: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children) (Hardcover)
Jacob's Polish grandfather tells him stories about his childhood in an idyllic children's home off the coast of Wales, a home for children with strange powers (rather like the academy in X-Men), where the only threat is from horrible monsters on the outside. Jacob had assumed his grandfather's stories were fairy tales until a terrible event causes him to travel from Florida to Wales to investigate...

This is a beautifully presented book with lovely silky pages and coloured embellishment. Wonderfully strange vintage photographs serve as illustrations, their subject matter being incorporated into the narrative. I did feel, however, that the prose was not of the same standard as the book's production values and Ransom's attempt to render Welsh (and later 1940s) dialect felt completely artificial and was very distracting.

The plot, however, soon became compelling and the world of peculiar children is brilliantly and richly imagined. As a result about halfway through this went from being a three star to a four star book.
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