Book to Movie Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs



Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing book to movie adaptations. 


Book cover for Miss. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom RiggsAuthor: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Cast: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell
Director: Tim Burton
Screenplay: Jane Goldman

Summary (from Goodreads): A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

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As a fan of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I was thrilled to see it become a movie. The fantastic setting and peculiarities of the children were captured so well and looked perfect on the screen. However, there are a few aspects of the book that weren’t as exciting as the book, which was a bit disappointing. I would recommend reading the book after watching the movie.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has got to be one of my favourite books, maybe even of all time. It is filled with these old photos that really bring the story to life. The reader is really transported to Whales and gets to know each character and their peculiarity so well. The story is written in a way that is mysterious and leads to one of the most surprising plot twists I have seen. It is the perfect book for this fall season!

When I first heard the news that Miss Peregrine’s was making its way to the screen, I was very excited, especially since Tim Burton is the director. The film really captured the children’s peculiarities well, except for two. Two of the Peculiars’ abilities were swapped, which bothered me a bit. However, the new powers actually work well in the story. I realize that the whole book can’t be translated into a movie, but I found many key aspects were left out. The intricate backstory isn’t as perfectly timed and the plot twist wasn’t executed as well as in the novel. Don’t get me wrong, this movie is still amazing, but I just wish it was as surprising as the book.

If I hadn’t read the book, I definitely would have appreciated the movie more. There are some extraordinary aspects in the film and it is very well done (obviously, it’s Tim Burton 😉). However, a few of the best parts in the book were not included and that disappointed me as a reader. This is definitely not a book that should be judged by its movie!


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