Tales of the Peculiar
By Ransom Riggs
This book is a collection of tales from the peculiar world created by Random Riggs. Folklore passed on from generation to generation via word of mouth or written word. The tales tell of giants, cannibals and giant locusts, of serpent-tongued princes and girls who befriend ghosts. If you are not peculiar this book is not for you.
Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs is one of the most beautiful books I own. It has a distinctive green and gold cover and beautiful illustrations throughout.
The stories contained within are born out of the series by Ransom Riggs that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
The dedication on the inside of the book reads:
’ To Alma Lefay Peregrine, who taught me to love tales – MN.’
The book contains a warning to people who aren’t peculiar that this is not the book for them and they need to put it back. I love the way Ransom Riggs pulls the reader in from the beginning in this way.
In the foreword the reader is informed that these tales are a ‘formative’ and ‘beloved’ part of any peculiar child’s upbringing and a collection of all their folklore.
I think Ransom Riggs has a wonderful writing style that makes everything vivid for the reader. I felt like I was in the swamps with the cannibals watching the peculiar people lopping off limps, or that I was fleeing a dungeon with the princess.
The illustrations in this book are also entirely unique and incredibly beautiful. The tales and the pictures definitely complement each other.
The Splendid Cannibals was probably one of my favourite tales in this book. It had echoes of the original versions of the Grimm Brothers fairy tales. I also liked that it had a hidden moral message about the dangers of greed.
I think my favourite tales in this collection were The Woman Who Befriended Ghosts and The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares. I think I would have loved them as a child as they were the exact kind of tales I would have loved and as an adult I love them even more.
I am very pleased I chose to buy this book.
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