Kid reviews for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Book 1

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Common Sense says

age 13+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 120 reviews

age 16+

Disturbing themes…kinda regret reading this ):

I’m 11 years old and just read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. When I looked at the cover I thought it would be a fantasy (for my book had pictures from the movie.) It was some kids on a sunny day with magical powers (on the cover.) Now finishing the book it’s anything but 'magical’ I should’ve seen the inside cover reviews saying “thriller, chilling tale” and “this is more Grimm’s than Disney” I’m serious that's what it says. Some was interesting but the bad parts overrides it all. If you want to know, it was intensely creepy, with many disturbing themes. Not only did it make me get that knot-in-my-stomach feeling but the language was just horrible. They would openly swear like it was nothing. ALL. THE. TIME. My rating would‘ve been 4/5 if they didn’t abuse the book by covering it with swears. As I said I’m 11 and this book made me feel uncomfortable so please think twice about reading this. Don’t end up in my scenario! If you want to hear, down below are some of the ‘disturbing themes’ I was talking about. Don’t keep reading if these themes make you feel as puked-out as me. One boy takes out animal hearts and puts them in dead humans to ‘wake them from the dead’ Sometimes he puts them in dolls to, so they have a mind of there own The main monsters are people who ‘accidentally’ cursed themselves so their bodies went back in time before they were conceived so their spirit and soul are dead. Aka there walking devils Chilling photographs INSIDE the book so not only do you have to picture the disgusting scenario in your head but see them with your own eyes. (I had to skip some of these pages.) There are probably more I didn’t put down but I’m trying to forget this book so I’m not going to try and remember. ): Thank you for reading this. Please choose your books wisely! Happy readings!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
2 people found this helpful.
age 13+

Review from a 16-year-old :)

I absolutely loved this book and the rest of the series! (I’m 16) There was a bit of a creepy aspect of this book so if you’re not really into that type of stuff I wouldn’t read it, however, I love that kind of stuff so I really enjoyed this lol. Although there is some language, it’s nothing worse than most teens hear on a regular basis, but I wouldn't recommend letting kids under the age of 13 read this, however that’s up to you. These books have wonderful character development and a great storyline. Absolutely love each one of the characters and the stories behind them. The haunting vintage photography of the characters was an amazing touch and I love that Ransom Riggs took these photos he found and turned them into the characters in these books. So wonderful. (Millard is my favorite character btw lol) Anyway, overall this is an amazing book series that I love with all my heart. It has the perfect hint of creepy while still being…not too creepy..(?) idk if that makes sense. But these books are so wonderful and I highly recommend them to my fellow teenagers and even to adults that like these kinds of books. I think these might be some of my favorite books, and I love a lot of books! :)

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Great messages
Great role models
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age 12+
This is honestly one of the best series I read. I think it is fine for ages 12 and up if you a good reader. I read them when i was 13 however sometimes the reading can get a little difficult if your younger, but They are sooooo good and holds you full interest. it can get a little creepy and there is some violence. but i think it is very well balanced i definitely recommend reading this series.
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age 10+

Not scary, great for tweens

This didn't scare me at all, which was kinda disappointing, but it was still great! It's aimed at teens (YA) but I think tweens (like me) will like it a lot. Common Sense Media's review is surprisingly accurate, but I'll do my own content analysis: Violence: 3/5 For the most part it's not very violent, but there are two somewhat graphic descriptions of corpses, one nongrpahic one, mentions of a real-life killer, lots of danger from creepy tentacle-mouthed monsters and one that look like humans but don't have pupils. The most violent scene is probably when two teenagers are in a sheep house thingy with a monster that's killing off sheep by sheep to find the teens. No graphic description, but mentions of blood, a scream. Sex: 2/5 Speculation about grandfather being an adulterer (he's not), two teens share a few kisses and sneak off for a romantic night together (they just go swimming though), Jacob finds dating his grandfather's ex-girlfriend kinda creepy, the ex would have been around eighty at this point but is eternally sixteen (it's complicated). Language: 3/5 A variety of colourful swear words that are frequent but not too strong. In the first half it's likely to find at least one swear word per two pages but there's far less in the second half. "S--t" (at least a dozen times, I think), "a--hole' (maybe half a dozen times), "p--s" (two dozen of something) "son-of-a-b--ch" (once) "p---k" (once), "bastard" ( three or four times I think) "hell" and "damn" (frequent). THere's probably a few more swear words I missed. Drinking, drugs and smoking: 3/5 A photo of Miss Peregrine smoking a pipe, and another photo of Emma pretending to smoke one (at that point she's around sixteen); a photo of a guy smoking a cigarette (probably around 20 or so); Miss Peregrine drinks wine; Jake's dad drinks too much; Jake's best friend smokes and drinks (he hardly appears in the book, though); the inn that they stay in has lots of men who regularly get drunk.

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Too much violence
Too much swearing
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age 11+
I had already watched the movie before reading this so I was expecting there to be a more 'horrory' concept to it. The photos can be a bit graphic/scary. There is an occasional curse word, but no 'f-word' used in it
age 11+

Awesome Book!!! (MAY BE SOME SPOILERS AHEAD)

This book is awesome for older kids! There is some swearing, but it stops toward the end of the book. There is some violence, such as, something getting stabbed in the eye, monsters killing the protagonists grandfather, and a gun being fired at several moments. In the book, the children take a (frozen) dead body, and put a different heart in it to wake up the person. This may be disturbing to some kids, but overall it’s a good book!

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age 12+

You must read this book!

Firstly, I would like to say that this book isn't as inappropriate as this website says it is. There may have been quite a few instances where the word sh*t and things like a** or p*ss were mentioned, but there were no overall f-bombs. The swearing goes away as you read the other wonderful books in its series anyway. It also contains two mild kisses described as 'almost incest' (I kind of disagree with that) and some harsh violence and murder by a mysterious force. The description of the dead bodies can also be quite disturbing though. But honestly, it merely depends on what the reader can handle. Some people might think it was too scary, or if you're like me, then you might think it wasn't scary enough. This novel is a great read if you enjoy some mild horror and are getting to that age where you wanna read more interesting stuff. This famous book is a wonderful work of art, you must read it!

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age 10+
I think it depends on the individual person's reading level and maturity level, but I first read the series when I was 10, and I loved it. My 10-year-old cousin is currently reading it, and she loves it too. There are some horror themes, and the book comes with images that might be disturbing to some people (I love them, but I've always liked the horror genre). There's mild swearing, but it's nothing too bad. By age 10 most kids will have heard it all before. There's flirting and some romance, but no actual sexual content. There's violence, but this is very typical of most fantasy books. Overall, I think while some people might want to wait until they're a bit older to read it, a mature reader could definitely read it at 10 without any problems.
age 11+

OMG soooooo good !!!!

I just started reading this series and I love it so much! I am already on the fourth book of the peculiar kids. They are great role models and are smart and brave Emma and Jacob share a couple romantic moments, there is violence with hollows, it can be quite creepy and a couple swear words, but I think it is the best ever seires.

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Great messages
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Too much violence
age 8+

Tim Burton-esque fantasy will appeal to teens

Parents need to know that Miss Peregrine's home for Peculiar Children is the Tim Burton-esque debut novel from acclaimed YA authir Ransom Riggs. The novel has great role models, characters show positivity, resilience and courage in the face of danger. The book is well written and conveys the eerie, gothic tone. As for iffy stuff, the novel contains some mild violence and a couple of mild expletives like what the heck? and darn.

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Great role models