Story: Ransom Riggs
Art: Cassandra Jean
Lettering: JuYoun Lee and Stephanie Lee
Plot Type: Light Urban Fantasy UF
Ratings: Violence—3; Sensuality—2; Humor—3
|Close-up of Jacob |
and Miss Peregrine
from the cover
When Grandpa is brutally murdered, Jacob finds his body and sees a monster in the near-by bushes. When he tries to tell his parents and the authorities what he saw, they send him to a psychiatrist. But Jacob is determined to carry out his grandfather's last wishes: "Find the bird. In the loop on the other side of the old man's grave."—even though he has no idea what that means. The story follows Jacob on his journey as he fulfills his grandfather's wish and finds himself in the middle of a magical place he never dreamed could truly exist. He meets some new friends, finds out that he is just as peculiar as they are, and makes a decision that changes his life.
THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
If you want to get to know the personalities and peculiarities of the children, I recommend that you read the print novel (if possible, before reading the graphic novel). If you've already read the print novel, the graphic novel is a nice warm-up for book 2, Hollow City.
|Jacob (top and 2nd from right) meets |
some of the peculiar children for the
first time: Olive, Hugh, & Enoch
The illustrations show some manga influence, with many characters (particularly the villains) having typically almond-shaped faces, although most have more realistic eyes and normal hair colors. In another nod to manga, the artist effectively uses sets of three horizontal lines on Jacob's upper cheeks to emphasize that Jacob is in a state of shock, fear, and/or disbelief throughout much of the story.
The drawing style has a sketched-in feel, but each character has his or her unique and distinguishable features (even though the text does not include many details about their personalities). All in all, the drawings are a near perfect match with my own mental images.
|The German aircraft bombing|
that climaxes each day in the loop
|An early page showing |
how the letterer fills
in large blocks of
LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE to read an excerpt from this graphic novel on its amazon.com page. Just click on the cover art at top left. Several illustrations from the yet-to-be-published Hollow City graphic novel are included at the end of the Miss Peregrine... graphic novel.
Click HERE to view Riggs' excellent trailer for the print book on YouTube. Click HERE to watch a fascinating YouTube video Riggs took while he was putting together the print book trailer. It is entitled A Most Peculiar Trip: Searching for Miss Peregrine. The movie rights have been sold to 20th Century Fox, and Tim Burton is slated to direct (projected release date—7/31/15).