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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children… a book review

It is RARE that I will EVER give the kids an extended lunch or a half day but this was the book to do it! Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs was one of those books. A young adult book, this fantasy utilizes old found photographs combined with a compelling story and characters you get to see to believe. There are so many haunting elements to this story… an abandoned orphanage… a mysterious island… tragedies both fresh and long gone… harking back to the second world war in fact! And to be faced with images that illustrate the story as if they were taken by someone for the story instead of the story written around… eerie and marvelous.

I don’t want to share too much, and really, this is a book to be read without knowing much at all to get the full impact… but though the main character (Jacob) is a teenage boy and it is ALL through his point of view I was totally sucked into the story from the very first page. 

Jacob’s grandfather was around his age during the second world war, he was sent away by his parents to an island in Wales as they were Polish Jews. His stories from his time on the island are mysterious and magical… and to Jacob, completely unbelievable. That is, until tragedy hits the family and Jacob begins his adventure to find out the truth. This leads him right to Miss Peregrine’s orphanage. 

The Images Ransom Riggs uses are haunting, sweet, mysterious, confusing, false looking, spooky… perfect. After I read the story I HAD to go through and glance at them again. The story itself was gripping, and I found myself sometimes reading character descriptions multiple times as Jacob comes across more and more peculiar individuals.

I have already put a request on book two – Hollow City and once I receive that one plan to request the third book… Library of Souls. Tim Burton IS coming out with a movie for this book (this is part of why a friend brought it to my attention), but my capacity for scary is much higher in books than in movies… so we shall see!

While I will not be letting the twins read this quite yet, it is definitely a book I will want to have them read in the future. You do need to have some knowledge of the second world war to truly understand the grandfather and the situations the orphanage was in, but other than that… there is a fantastic world of amazingly peculiar children in these pages! You really MUST check it out! ???????????????????????????????

Mike’s Mystery… a Boxcar Children Book Review

So I must take full responsibility for the large space in our reviews… Mommy took FOREVER to read the book. But it has been read and now Gavin and I are here to share our thoughts.

Book #5 of Gertrude Chandler Warner’s Boxcar Children series was an enjoyable one. This one, even more than some of the others, felt set in the past to me. It was interesting to see how different the situations were… the security at a mine being 4 men who walk about… the openness of people.

Another story, another adventure. This time with friends that are from books back (Mike and his dog Spotty). This book definitely must be read after the previous as it builds upon the fact that the kids went to visit their great Aunt and inherited a mine. (Mystery Ranch) as well as an adventure with Mike (Surprise Island).

This is another fun mystery with new people to meet and adventure to be had. There is an element of danger of course, though this time it is the friend who was experiencing it. Another good family reading story that is even enjoyable for the adult reading. As always, I loved the illustrations that are simple and a bit dated but so cute.

Mike’s Mystery was a great addition to our two person book club! You can find the book HERE of course. Now enjoy Gavin’s take on the book… but warning – there could be spoilers!


I enjoyed reading it. I think other people would enjoy it too if they read it. My favourite part was when they caught the bad guy and put him in jail. It was my favourite because then they wouldn’t have to worry anymore. I hope they come back to the mine again. I like the two dogs because they race a lot and they are funny. I am going to read the next book! 

There you have it… the series continues to delight! Check back with us soon. We have the next book and this time I am hoping we can discuss setting a bit for you all! 9780807551417