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Tales of the peculiar
2017
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A companion to the New York Times bestselling Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, now a major motion picture directed by Tim Burton .


Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales .

Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar--the collection of fairy tales known to hide information about the peculiar world, including clues to the locations of time loops--first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his #1 bestselling Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series.

Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories in this deluxe volume of Tales of the Peculiar, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar. Featuring stunning illustrations from world-renowned woodcut artist Andrew Davidson this compelling and truly peculiar anthology is the perfect gift for not only fans, but for all booklovers.

A perfect gift, reminiscent of classic bookmaking, this beautifully packaged volume features full-page woodcut illustrations, gold foil stamping, a ribbon, and removable back sticker.

"[These tales] embody gentle, empowering messages: accept yourself and others; celebrate difference and oddity; never lose your sense of wonder." -- Financial Times

"With a Victorian style for writing and a capacity for subtle humor, the tales read as cautionary fables, rich with peril and phantasy, and will be enjoyed by teens and adults alike." --GeekDad.com
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School Library Journal Review
Gr 6 Up-Riggs gives fans of his "Miss Peregrine" trilogy a history lesson of sorts in 10 short stories that provide a glimpse into the fascinating past of peculiars and Peculiardom. These fables seem familiar yet completely new, touching on themes and subjects that populate classic myths and legends. For example, the famous phrase no man is an island, entire of itself takes on a completely different meaning for one peculiar. The tales are presented as written records of known stories passed down from generation to generation, collected and presented by Millard Nullings, Esq., EdD, MBCh (one of Miss Peregrine's children from the original books), with footnotes that fill in historical details. The pieces predate the use of photography, so instead of employing the intriguing and mysterious found photographs featured in past works, Riggs relies on beautifully detailed illustrations that capture another time and place. The stories center on characters who are different, who don't fit in, who aren't accepted by those around them, and who overcome these challenges and come to embrace who they truly are. VERDICT For fans of the past books, this volume will provide new insight into many of the events in Peculiar history. It is also a perfect gateway for new readers to enter the world Riggs has created. Recommended for all libraries.-Billy Parrott, New York Public Library © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Fans of Riggs' Miss Peregrine series will delight over this slender companion book of peculiar folklore, as will neophytes. Much as J. K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2008) did for the Harry Potter series, these stories enhance the mythology Riggs has created around peculiardom rather than forward the series' plot. Curated and annotated by Millard Nullings an invisible scholar whom Miss Peregrine readers will know well are 10 tales, ranging from explanatory, such as The Pigeons of St. Paul's, which accounts for the Great Fire of London and why pigeons call the cathedral home, to cautionary, as in The Splendid Cannibals, which gives new meaning to something being worth an arm and a leg. Adhering to fairy-tale tradition, most of the stories offer a lesson couched within a fascinating, and frequently dark, account of a princess, ghost, giant, or shape-shifter (though The First Ymbryne uniquely offers a snippet of peculiar history). Each tale is preceded by an exquisite woodcut illustration by Davidson, full of intricate detail, making this a lovely complement to the series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Giant Miss Peregrine displays are popping up in theaters in preparation for the first book's movie release. This will only feed the peculiar frenzy.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2016 Booklist
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