After a total of 68 entries to the Goodreads giveaways, I have won one! Persistence pays off, despite my streak of bad luck. (Someone I know has entered less and won about a half dozen times, a sign that the book gods are mocking me.)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel; Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean.
This book is billed as paranormal/fantasy/YA–but be warned, here there be monsters. There are definitely some haunting moments and creepy creatures illustrated in these pages, so measure your braveness accordingly.
When Jacob was a little boy, his grandfather told him stories–fantastical stories about a home he lived in with several other ‘peculiar’ children, kept safe from monsters that wanted to kill them. These children has special gifts, like super strength, or the ability to defy gravity.
As he got older, Jacob realized that the stories his grandfather told were just that–stories. Built on a tiny foundation of truth, but exaggerated to entertain. So he stopped asking about them.
Years later, Jacob discovers that perhaps the stories weren’t as exaggerated as he thought. So he travels to the origin of these stories, a tiny island off the coast of Wales, where the ruins of his grandfather’s childhood home remain.
How much of the stories were true? Jacob explores the house that was once Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, trying to uncover its secrets. Why were the children really there?
And then, as Jacob is trying to discover the truth, something truly astonishing happens.
About the art:
Most of the book is done in standard graphic novel style–square panels and speech bubbles. Some panels expand beyond their dividing lines, and some pages, like those pictured above, revolve around a larger picture or a photo collage. Also interesting to me was the color choices–some sections are gray scale, some are in color. The changes in coloring–and sometimes the coloring choices themselves add to and help tell the story.
The sequel to the book, Hollow City, will be out in January 2014. The graphic novel version will undoubtedly follow.