Graphic Novel Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean


When Jacob Portman was a boy, his grandfather regaled him with stories of his fantastic life at Miss Peregrine’s home during the Second World War, even sharing photos of the remarkable children with whom he resided. As Jacob grew up, though, he decided that these photos were obvious fakes, simple forgeries designed to stir his youthful imagination. Or were they…?

Following his grandfather’s death – a scene Jacob literally couldn’t believe with his own eyes – the sixteen-year-old boy embarks on a mission to disentangle fact from fiction in his grandfather’s tall tales. But even his grandfather’s elaborate yarns couldn’t prepare Jacob for the eccentricities he will discover at Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children!


It’s been quite some time since I read the book version of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but reading this brought it all back. I could remember everything about it. 

One of my favourite parts of the original books was the accompanying photos and they are completely brought to life in this graphic novel. Cassandra Jean’s art style works so well with the themes of this story. I love how only the pages spent in the loop had colour. This was a very clever design choice and a really nice detail. I love Cassandra Jean’s style, it’s instantly recognisable.

The graphic novel is very detailed and doesn’t skip over any information. I genuinely think you could read this without bothering with the books and still have a clear understanding of what is going on – an incredible feat for a graphic novel if you ask me. 

The plot is still so cool and interesting. Reading this has made me sorely regret never continuing the book series. I would love to pick it up again but it’s been far too long, I read the first one in 2016. I’m thinking that because this was so detailed I’m refreshed on the story, but I’m not sure. Let me know if you’ve read the entire series and think it’s worth me doing the same.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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