This is the second novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. It is about a group of kids with special supernatural abilities. As we learn in the first book, some of these kids have been alive for a very long time, and have been in a time-travelling loop in Wales being kept alive by their part-woman, part-bird custodian. Our narrator is the slightly more normal but still quite peculiar sixteen-year old Jacob, from Florida.
The story on it’s own isn’t bad, but the thing that makes this book (and the last one) so special is the pictures. The book is illustrated by old black and white photos found by Riggs on his various travels. Many of them show weird and wonderful people and he uses them to embellish his story.
I find myself wondering about Riggs’ process. I imagine him with a huge box of old photographs, sorting through them, and saying to himself “hmm… maybe this boy brings these clay dolls to life,” and “maybe these men in bed with the skeletons have been aged forward to avoid being captured by the bad guys,” and “perhaps this little girl is hiding in a bathtub because she thinks the bombs can’t hurt her there.” I would love to know who the real people in the photos are, because they are almost all genuine, unaltered, weird found photos. But I also like Riggs’ imaginings of them.
The story feels like a medium to tie the photos together rather than a story for it’s own sake, but as long as Riggs keeps finding such weird and wonderful imagines I will carry on reading his tales.