Our most recent book club selection was “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” by Ransom RIggs.
In our meeting, we talked about the power of the photographs and the emotions they evoke. I really like how some of the photos juxtapose horror with beauty, such as the “our beautiful display” photo. We also talked about some of the peculiar children that were brought to life in the story and in the photographs, such as the timeless one of the levitating girl on the cover. We further spiced it up by asking such thoughtful questions like: “if you could be a peculiar, what type of peculiar behavior might you like to have?” and “if you could be a bird, what kind of bird would you like to be?” The possibilities for questions and projects around this book seem to be endless.
What really made this book really neat was that it uses real photographs from various collections to inspire and tell an imaginative story. I think this book is a neat way of taking an original idea and running with it. I look forward to reading more books in this series and seeing what other exciting adventures this ensemble of characters goes on, and I plan on seeing the movie when it comes out, as well.