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5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky, striking and magical..., 21 Oct 2013
This review is from: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children) (Paperback)
The striking look of the book with odd old-fashion pictures all through is at the same time, a marvellous way to attract your interest and to make you a little suspicious of the content. Is it not a bit too gimmicky? is there more to it than just looks? Be reassured, it is exactly as good as it looks and more...A boy of fifteen, Jakob, finds one day his beloved, eccentric grandfather dying in the woods, killed by wild beats of some sort, and before dying, manages to reveal to him only part of a lifelong secret... All the boy knows is that he must go to a small island away from the welsh coast in England and discover the rest of his grandfather's past for himself, armed only with a few pictures and the mysterious letter of a 'Miss Peregrine' addressed to his grandfather years ago. Being from a wealthy American family background, Jakob is taken first to see a psychiatrist to help him deal with the grief of losing his grandfather, but also to try and convince him that the vision of 'monsters' he saw in the woods when the old man died, was just that: a vision. But Jakob knows there is more to the strange death of his grandfather than appears and that it is up to him to find out the truth. Eventually convincing his bird-watching, novel-writing, father to go on a trip to the island, they arrive on a peculiar small island not unlike the one, you think, in the Wicker Man...From there the story becomes too good and too magical to ruin by any more details, just make sure you read the book before it becomes a film adaption that Tim Burton has announced he will do... I found it was an absolutely beautiful, bizarre, magical story that completely draws you in, and in some ways an allegory about 'difference'. The author will publish sequels, but whatever happens next, this spooky, haunted and haunting novel stands perfectly on its own.
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Ann Fairweather
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