Tales of the Peculiar

By Ransom Riggs - Rating: 6/10

I went into this book knowing nothing of the many Mrs. Peregrine books/movies/after-dinner mints. Unless Shirley Temple is the main character, I’m not one for reading YA fiction. These stories are decidedly Shirley Temple-free, and, as such, lack any references to The Good Ship Lollipop. There are a few ships in it, and for the most part they are good-ish. The rest of the book is comprised of a dozen or so wacky fables which involve various “peculiar” characters. They were okay as far as these things go.

I bought this mostly because of Andrew Davidson’s excellent wood engraved illustrations. The book design in combination with the illustrations makes for a nice package (despite the illegible gold ink in the footnotes).

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