Tales of the Peculiar (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #0.5) by Ransom Riggs serves as a companion piece to the books that have taken fantasy readers by storm; starting with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children which is set to hit movie audiences soon. What made the books such a sensation was not only the story but the pictures that accompanied them. Photos of children that belonged far more in a carnival freak show than in a school for children. But that is what made the school so special, it was comprised only of children such as these. Peculiars is what they were called and under the care of Miss Peregrine, they were safe.
Tales of the Peculiar is a history book of sorts. A journal of Peculiars and their history. A book written about and for, Peculiars. What it is, is a rare glimpse into the lives and pasts of this breed of humanity. Long before they were given a home by Miss Peregrine.
There is a tale of greed and gluttony as a small town of Peculiars are visited by a group of very rich cannibals. The Peculiars are able to grow limbs to replace the ones they lose. They begin to sell their discarded limbs to the cannibals with disastrous results when their own greed gets the better of them. There is a princess with a forked tongue. There is also the heart warming and at times, heart wrenching tale of a young boy who yearns for the love denied him by his father. The boy then turns himself into the form of whatever creature gives him love. A journey for both the boy and father to once again find one another.
This collection of tales is put together by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of the history of all things Peculiar. Some are haunting, some are morality tales but all told with the depth of care and brilliance that has come to be the hallmark of a Ransom Riggs book.
This is a must read for all fans of Miss Peregrine and the Peculiars.