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A Peculiar Review

This is Scarlet. She has a mustache. Her magical powers include pretending to read or laying down in front of my books while I’m reading. She is also a natural model.


So I’m a bit tardy to the party with this book review. It’s already been made into a movie and released to DVD/BluRay.


I borrowed Thing 1’s copy of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” last week. Scarlet also decided to peruse. She liked the pictures, albeit creepy, the best. I’d seen the trailer for the movie, aimed towards middle school-high school (in my opinion) and decided it was right up my alley.


When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.” – IMDB


Lo and behold, I thought it was…okay. Don’t throw rotten fruit at me. It wasn’t the POV (point of view) or the setting. The forward movement and not-so-subtle “this is the bad guy” weren’t bad either. My sticker shock was the swearing. Yes, I know people talk like this, but I didn’t expect it in a book geared towards younger readers (the New York Times best seller list for children’s chapter books).


If you want to lend it to a 10-12 year old, it’s easy enough to read, but just keep in mind that there are some colorful words along the way. Gratefully, not more than a handful. But when you’re expecting none, a handful is a bunch. In all honesty, I didn’t look at the pictures very much because I didn’t want nightmares.

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