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Tales of the Peculiar
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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...
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...
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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
    From the Hardcover edition.

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    The Splendid Cannibals

    The peculiars in the village of Swampmuck lived very modestly. They were farmers, and though they didn't own fancy things and lived in flimsy houses made of reeds, they were healthy and joyful and wanted for little. Food grew bountifully in their gardens, clean water ran in the streams, and even their humble homes seemed like luxuries because the weather in Swampmuck was so fair, and the villagers were so devoted to their work that many, after a long day of mucking, would simply lie down and sleep in their swamps.

    Harvest was their favorite time of year. Working round the clock, they gathered the best weeds that had grown in the swamp that season, bundled them onto donkey carts, and drove their bounty to the market town of Chipping Whippet, a five days' ride, to sell what they could. It was difficult work. The swampweed was rough and tore their hands. The donkeys were ill-tempered and liked to bite. The road to market was pitted with holes and plagued by thieves. There were often grievous accidents, such as when Farmer Pullman, in a fit of overzealous harvesting, accidentally scythed off his neighbor's leg. The neighbor, Farmer Hayworth, was understandably upset, but the villagers were such agreeable people that all was soon forgiven. The money they earned at market was paltry but enough to buy necessities and some rations of goat-rump besides, and with that rare treat as their centerpiece they threw a raucous festival that went on for days.

    That very year, just after the festival had ended and the villagers were about to return to their toil in the swamps, three visitors arrived. Swampmuck rarely had visitors of any kind, as it was not the sort of place people wanted to visit, and it had certainly never had visitors like these: two men and a lady dressed head to toe in lush brocaded silk, riding on the backs of three fine Arabian horses. But though the visitors were obviously rich, they looked emaciated and swayed weakly in their bejeweled saddles.

    The villagers gathered around them curiously, marveling at their beautiful clothes and horses.

    "Don't get too close!" Farmer Sally warned. "They look as if they might be sick."

    "We're on a journey to the coast of Meek," explained one of the visitors, a man who seemed to be the only one strong enough to speak. "We were accosted by bandits some weeks ago, and, though we were able to outrun them, we got badly lost. We've been turning circles ever since, looking for the old Roman Road."

    "You're nowhere near the Roman Road," said Farmer Sally.

    "Or the coast of Meek," said Farmer Pullman.

    "How far is it?" the visitor asked.

    "Six days' ride," answered Farmer Sally.

    "We'll never make it," the man said darkly.

    At that, the silk-robed lady slumped in her saddle and fell to the ground.

    The villagers, moved to compassion despite their concerns about disease, brought the fallen lady and her companions into the nearest house. They were given water and made comfortable in beds of straw, and a dozen villagers crowded around them offering help.

    "Give them space!" said Farmer Pullman. "They're exhausted; they need rest!"

    "No, they need a doctor!" said Farmer Sally.

    "We aren't sick," the man said. "We're hungry. Our supplies ran out over a week ago, and we haven't had a bite to eat since then."

    Farmer Sally wondered why such wealthy people hadn't simply bought food from fellow travelers on the road, but she was too polite to ask. Instead, she ordered some village boys to run and fetch bowls of swampweed soup and millet bread and what little goat-rump was left over from the festival—but when it was laid before...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 25, 2016
    Riggs follows his bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and its sequels with an enticing collection of what purports to be “peculiar” folklore, “passed down from generation to generation since time immemorial.” Among the 10 tales—ostensibly collected, edited, and annotated by Millard Nullings, a peculiar from the novels—are “The Splendid Cannibals,” which concerns a town where people can regrow the lost limbs they regularly sell to rich cannibals at premium prices; “Cocobolo,” about a peculiar father and son in ancient China who turn into islands as they mature; and “The Pigeons of Saint Paul’s,” in which a peculiar named Wren makes a deal with London’s pigeons in order to get his cathedral built. Arriving just in time for the fall release of the Miss Peregrine film, these tales, which often reference events in the earlier novels, are alternately droll, somber, and a bit horrific, and they’re sure to appeal to fans of the series. Elegantly detailed engravings from Davidson open each story, setting the tone for the tale that follows. Ages 12–up. Author’s agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House.

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