I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.
Happy (almost) Loop Day, Peculiars. If you're in the Bay Area, you should definitely check out one of the FIVE Loop Day events happening (or join us at Kepler's for Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi on September 1st).
A lot of the draw of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children are the 40+ peculiar photos that inspired the story. So of course any chance to build on that is a win-win. In honor of Tales of the Peculiar and the photos, we were inspired to dig through our attics and find our own peculiar family photos to create stories for.
Tales of the Peculiar
by Ransom Riggs
Published: September 3rd, 2016
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. Featuring stunning illustrations from world-renowned artist Andrew Davidson, this compelling, rich, and truly peculiar anthology is the perfect gift for not only fans, but for all lovers of great storytelling.
Jack and His Smile
Jack was a happy boy who loved his dog, Buster, and building block structures higher than the top of his head. He often giggled with so much glee that it echoed and filled a room, almost as if there were multiple little boys laughing. After finishing a roll of film, his mother sent the film to be developed. It wasn't until they received the photos back that they realized just why Jack's giggled seemed multiplied.
***Thanks to Christy's mother-in-law for the photo of the boys. No one knows who they are, even though they're pictured throughout family albums. Hm.
|***Thanks to Nancy's Mom for letting her borrow this gem|
The Ladies of House
Hildeberta Silva was a quiet child who would entertain herself for hours. Instead of playing outside with the neighborhood children she could be found sitting in the front parlor having tea service for two. One day her family decided to hire a photographer to have a family portrait taken. On the day of the portrait the photographer placed Hildeberta between her mother and grandmother and proceeded to take several pictures around the house. Once the pictures were developed the photographer contacted the Silva family and told them that he had to talk to them. He proceeded to show all of his pictures but the one pictures was the last one taken in the front parlor.
Hildeberta's mother and grandmother could only stare in disbelief at the picture and that is when Hildeberta pointed to the lady in green and said "That is my friend that I have tea with." Her mom then began to cry while her grandmother immediately grabbed for her rosary beads and shakily started praying.
Hildeberta asked her mom "Why are you crying?" and her mom responded "that lady in the green is your aunt Adeliade." Hildeberta quizzically looked at her mom, "Mommy, I didn't know I had an Aunt." That is when her mother looked at her and said, "That is because she died twenty years ago."
Be sure to catch our event recap featuring Ransom Riggs coming your way Saturday and a Novel to Reel post once Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children comes out!