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Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel (Riggs, Jean)

AUTHOR: Ransom Riggs
ILLUSTRATOR: Cassandra Jean
SERIES: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, book 1
PUBLICATION DATE: October 29, 2013
ISBN: 9780316245289
PAGES: 272
SOURCE: my library
GENRE: graphic novel; horror
SETTING: present day and Sept. 3, 1940; island off coast of Wales

SUMMARY: After the violent and mysterious murder of his grandfather, sixteen-year old Jacob begins having nightmares and seeing monsters. For his birthday, he is given a package from his late grandfather and a cryptic letter giving Jacob directions to finding out who he–and his grandfather–really are.

REVIEW: I think I would love the Miss Peregrine novel, but for me, the graphic novel just goes too fast. The story is interesting and creepy, but I felt like I was missing a lot of plot and character development because I was reading the graphic novel instead of the actual book. Sometimes, I could not tell the Jacob illustrations from other teen boys in the story. The romance between Jacob and Emma felt rushed and underdeveloped. How is she able to fall for Jacob so quickly after hearing of Abe’s death?

I did not really understand why the monsters wanted Miss Peregrine and the children out of the time loop. What do they hope to gain? Are they trying to harness their powers? Make them one of the monsters, too? How could these things happen if the peculiar children will die shortly after leaving the loop?

I’m betting that these questions are better-explained in the actual book. I’d love to see more development of plot, suspense, and character.

THE BOTTOM LINE: The graphic novel made me want to read the book, which I think I will like and understand much better.

STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: We have the novel (2 print copies+ one OverDrive e-book) and a print copy of the graphic novel. Also have print and OverDrive copies of each of the two sequels. All are incredibly popular with my students and stay on-hold and checked out.

READALIKES: Cirque du Freak: The Manga (Shan/Arai)


  • Overall: 3/5
  • Creativity: 4/5
  • Characters: 3/5
  • Engrossing: 3/5
  • Writing: 3/5
  • Appeal to teens: 5/5
  • Appropriate length to tell the story: 4/5


  • Language: medium-high; a few F-bombs and sh**
  • Sexuality: mild; some kissing
  • Violence: medium-high; monsters kill Jacob’s grandfather (bloody)
  • Drugs/Alcohol:e non
  • Other: Some of my students have told me this is too scary for them. I do not think the graphic novel is scary at all. The scariest scenes are the ones with the monsters, but I’ve seen so much worse. There are also a couple of drawings of an old corpse.
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