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It all starts when Jared Grace finds their great uncle's book, 'Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastic World Around You' and the Grace kids realize that they are not alone in their new house. Now the kids want to tell their story but the faeries will do everything they can to stop them.


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It all starts when Jared Grace finds their great uncle's book, 'Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastic World Around You' and the Grace kids realize that they are not alone in their new house. Now the kids want to tell their story but the faeries will do everything they can to stop them.

30 review for Literacy Evolve: Year 4 the Spiderwick Chronicles

  1. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    I'm reading these books for the second time. But it's been years since I picked them up, and it's the first time I'm reading them with my son. And both of those things make a huge difference to my experience. First, and perhaps most importantly, my little boy likes them. He's about five an a half, which is younger than the target age for these books, but he's into them. (In the interest of full disclosure, Oot isn't the most critical of readers at this point in his life. He pretty much likes all I'm reading these books for the second time. But it's been years since I picked them up, and it's the first time I'm reading them with my son. And both of those things make a huge difference to my experience. First, and perhaps most importantly, my little boy likes them. He's about five an a half, which is younger than the target age for these books, but he's into them. (In the interest of full disclosure, Oot isn't the most critical of readers at this point in his life. He pretty much likes all books.) I like the books too. I think they do a great job of blending traditional folklore and the modern world. What's more, they borrow from the traditional lore, and expand on it in interesting ways. What's more I *really* like the illustrations. I'd forgotten the books were illustrated, and that really makes it nicer when reading them to my boy. It adds a lot to the experience. I wish I had thought to look through these books for some pointers before I did Slow Regard of Silent things with Nate Taylor. All that said, I have some quibbles with these books as a parent. Things that never occurred to me the first time I was reading them. I'll save those comments for the reviews I'll write of the later books in the series, as the issues I'm going to be talking about are more prevalent there...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bangadybangz

    This was such a fun little book! Short and sweet, quirky and magical, loved it! I've always been a fan of anything to do with fairies and folklore, so I'm definitely pumped to delve more into this exciting world!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1), Tony DiTerlizzi After finding a mysterious, handmade field guide in the attic of the ramshackle old mansion they’ve just moved into, Jared; his twin brother, Simon; and their older sister, Mallory, discover that there’s a magical and maybe dangerous world existing parallel to our own—the world of faerie. The Grace children want to share their story, but the faeries will do everything possible to stop them... The first book, The Field Guide, was publ The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1), Tony DiTerlizzi After finding a mysterious, handmade field guide in the attic of the ramshackle old mansion they’ve just moved into, Jared; his twin brother, Simon; and their older sister, Mallory, discover that there’s a magical and maybe dangerous world existing parallel to our own—the world of faerie. The Grace children want to share their story, but the faeries will do everything possible to stop them... The first book, The Field Guide, was published in 2003 and then followed by The Seeing Stone (2003), Lucinda's Secret (2003), The Ironwood Tree (2004), and The Wrath of Mulgarath (2004). تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز سی ام ماه ژوئن سال 2007 میلادی عنوان: کتاب راهنما: کتاب نخست از سری ماجراهای اسپایدرویک؛ نویسندگان: تونی دی ترلیزی؛ هالی بلک؛ مترجم: محمد قصاع؛ تهران، افق، واحد کودک، کتابهای فندق؛ 1385، در 140 ص؛ مصور، شابک: 9789643694258؛ چاپ دوم 1388، چاپ سوم و چهارم 1389، چاپ ششم 1391؛ چاپ دهم 1396؛ موضوع: داستانهای کودکان از نویسندگان امریکایی - سد 21 م عنوان: کتاب راهنمای عملی: کتاب نخست از سری ماجراهای اسپایدرویک؛ نویسندگان: تونی دی ترلیزی؛ هالی بلک؛ مترجم: بابک تختی؛ تهران، قصه، 1385، در 128 ص، شابک: 9642647028؛ عنوان: کتاب راهنما: کتاب نخست از سری ماجراهای اسپایدرویک؛ نویسندگان: تونی دی ترلیزی؛ هالی بلک؛ مترجم: شقایق محمدزاده، ویراستار: حمیدرضا صفایی؛ تهران، آسمان خیال، 1391؛ در 136 ص، شابک: 9789642290680؛ زنی به نام «هلن گریس»، که به تازگی از شوهرش جدا شده، به همراه پسران دوقلویش: «جارد»، و «سیمون»، و دختر بزرگش «ملوری»، به خانه‌ ای قدیمی، در املاک «اسپایدرویک»، متعلق به «عمه لوسیندا»، اثاث کشی می‌کنند. در شب نخست اقامتشان در خانه ی تازه، «ملوری» پشت دیواری کاذب، یک آسانسور کوچک، و یک کلید عجیب پیدا می‌کند. «جارد»، با استفاده از آسانسور و کلید، به اتاقی مخفی، راه پیدا می‌کند، که متعلق به صاحب قدیمی خانه «آرتور اسپایدرویک» است. «جارد»، با استفاده از کلید، صندوقی را باز کرده، و نوشته‌ های «اسپایدرویک» را، می‌یابد. کتابچه‌ ای که حاوی اسرار سرزمین پریان است، و «اسپایدرویک» طی یادداشتی، از یابنده خواسته، نگاشته های خطرناک کتاب را نخواند. اما «جارد» هشدار را نادیده گرفته، و مهر از کتاب برمیگیرد. مدتی بعد، «جرد» با موجود کوتوله‌ ای به نام: «تیمبل تاک»، برخورد می‌کند، که از موجوداتی کوچک، و معمولاً نامرئی، با وی سخن می‌گوید، و اینکه موجودی پلید، به نام: «مولگارث»، در صدد دستیابی به کتابچه ی «اسپایدرویک» است، تا بر تمامی سرزمین پریان، حکمرانی کند. «اسپایدرویک» سال‌ها پیش، ناپدید شده، اما پیش از رفتن، حصاری جادویی، پیرامون خانه، برای حفاظت از دخترش تعبیه کرده‌ است. «جارد»، موضوع را با برادر، و خواهرش، در میان می‌گذارد، اما آنها حرف‌های «جرد» را، جدی نمی‌گیرند. تا اینکه «سیمون»، توسط بختک‌های شرور «مولگارث» دزدیده، و به اسارت گرفته می‌شود. همزمان «جارد»، با بختکی خوشدل، و دشمن «مولگارث»، به نام: «هاگسکوئیل»، آشنا می‌شود. «مولگارث» نیز، «سیمون» را رها می‌کند، تا کتابچه را برای وی بیاورد. اما «جارد»، و «ملوری»، او را از آن کار برحذر می‌کنند، و در نتیجه، با یورش گسترده ی بختکها به خانه، روبرو می‌شوند. به نظر می‌رسد، تنها کسیکه می‌تواند به آنها یاری کند، وارث خانه، یعنی «لوسیندا» دختر سالخورده ی «اسپایدرویک» است. اما «عمه لوسیندا» به آنها می‌گوید، تنها راه نجات آنها، یافتن «آرتور اسپایدرویک» است، اما او نمی‌تواند، به آن‌ها یاری کند. «مولگراث» سه صفحه از کتاب را می‌دزدد و …؛ دنیایی پر از جن و پری و بختک و موجودات عجیب و غریب؛ سه‌ بچه‌ ی معمولی یعنی «جارد»، «سیمون» و «ملوری» را به سوی خود میکشاند. هر رخدادی در این دنیا رخ میدهد، اما برای هیچکس حتی برای مادرشان نیز باوركردنی نیست. ا. شربیانی

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sh3lly

    I read this with my daughter for a school book report. It features three children and their now-single mom, as they move to a dilapidated house owned by an elderly relative. Mallory is the eldest and likes fencing. Simon is one of the twin boys and loves animals and science. Jared is the other twin and appears to the trouble-maker of the bunch. They discover they may not be the only inhabitants after stumbling upon a hidden attic with a field guide full of details about fairies. Crazy things sta I read this with my daughter for a school book report. It features three children and their now-single mom, as they move to a dilapidated house owned by an elderly relative. Mallory is the eldest and likes fencing. Simon is one of the twin boys and loves animals and science. Jared is the other twin and appears to the trouble-maker of the bunch. They discover they may not be the only inhabitants after stumbling upon a hidden attic with a field guide full of details about fairies. Crazy things start happening to the kids, much to the bewilderment - and frustration - of their mother, and the kids must figure out what (or who) is behind the mischief. So I asked my daughter how many stars she would give it if 5 was "one of my favorite books" and 1 was "I hated it." She said 4. I think I would agree. This is a very short introduction to the world and premise and I am sure the later books will get into more adventure. Apparently, the father divorced the mother and abandoned the kids? I wasn't quite clear on that, but it mentions "dad leaving" many times. Kind of a serious topic, but it doesn't give any details.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Everything about the packaging and promotion of this book is delightful...the title, the mysterious notes obscuring the back cover synopses, the inclusion of a letter from the three children protagonists to the author. All of that is very nice, but after reading the first installment, I can't help but feel a little robbed. First of all, and forgive me for this, I can't help comparing the books to a more cleverly written and altogether smarter series, Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Eve Everything about the packaging and promotion of this book is delightful...the title, the mysterious notes obscuring the back cover synopses, the inclusion of a letter from the three children protagonists to the author. All of that is very nice, but after reading the first installment, I can't help but feel a little robbed. First of all, and forgive me for this, I can't help comparing the books to a more cleverly written and altogether smarter series, Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events." Aesthetic similarites aside (and there are many), both series center around the somewhat fantastical adventures of three children, and, more importantly, both series emphasize the importance of children solving their own problems. I'm all for that. What irks me about the Chronicles is the authors' lack of subtlety and creativity; take this passage, for instance: "Jared watched him go and wondered what he could do. Could he really solve anything by himself?" Ironically, the authors seem to underestimate the problem-solving abilities of the kids that are reading these books. Not to mention the first book ends with hardly an introduction; breaking the series into a five-book set feels like a cheap trick to make a profit, and I think the overall flow of the story suffers because of it. The Chronicles are not without merit; there is some enjoyable dialogue and the illustrations are terrific. I think the series could be truly engaging if the authors focused more on the story, rather than on spelling out the moral behind it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Just your typical 'move into an old creepy house, weird stuff starts happening, one of the kids gets blamed, and then they find a book that explains the existence of fairies/faeries/fey which solves their problems... while at the same time causing many more problems'. Happens every day. Also, I'm no expert in the sport of fencing, but I'm pretty sure that they don't call the weapon a sword, and someone who is serious about fencing, as Mallory apparently is, would know that. I think that this boo Just your typical 'move into an old creepy house, weird stuff starts happening, one of the kids gets blamed, and then they find a book that explains the existence of fairies/faeries/fey which solves their problems... while at the same time causing many more problems'. Happens every day. Also, I'm no expert in the sport of fencing, but I'm pretty sure that they don't call the weapon a sword, and someone who is serious about fencing, as Mallory apparently is, would know that. I think that this book reads a little young, also. Not just for the length, which is REALLY short, but also in the style and feel of the writing. The characters are 9 year old twins and a 13 year old older sister, but if I had to peg an age range for the target audience, I'd go with 6 or 7 year olds. Still, this is probably a fun and cute story for kids. I'm just less than impressed by it, considering that I'm a crotchety 30-something cat lady.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Knight

    I read the Spiderwick Chronicles back when I was quite young, maybe eight or nine. My sister and I read the crap out these books (we must have read them 15 times, no joke) and I've been wanting to revist this series and the wonderful fantasy world that Holly and Tony created for awhile now but I've finally gotten around to it. The writing partnership of Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi is remarkable and this series is by far some of the most well written literature that I've ever read. The three ma I read the Spiderwick Chronicles back when I was quite young, maybe eight or nine. My sister and I read the crap out these books (we must have read them 15 times, no joke) and I've been wanting to revist this series and the wonderful fantasy world that Holly and Tony created for awhile now but I've finally gotten around to it. The writing partnership of Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi is remarkable and this series is by far some of the most well written literature that I've ever read. The three main characters, Jared, Simon, and Mallory, are so relatable and realistic. I can relate to each of them in a different way and I think most readers will feel the same. Overall, I highly recommend this series to everyone of any age. The Field Guide is such an outstanding start to a series and I can see myself rereading this book a hundred times and still enjoy it just as much as the first time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    I remember reading and loving this book when I was 10 or 11years old. So when I saw it in one of my local charity shops I immediately bought it. I definitely don't regret it. I think I loved it just as much as my child self. Maybe because I am such a huge fan of all things paranormal. I like that there are drawings throughout the book which are absolutely gorgeous by the way. :) It follows the adventure of two brothers and a sister into the magical world right beside the house they live in. Ther I remember reading and loving this book when I was 10 or 11years old. So when I saw it in one of my local charity shops I immediately bought it. I definitely don't regret it. I think I loved it just as much as my child self. Maybe because I am such a huge fan of all things paranormal. I like that there are drawings throughout the book which are absolutely gorgeous by the way. :) It follows the adventure of two brothers and a sister into the magical world right beside the house they live in. There are descriptions of many magical creatures - like their appearance, habits, etc. I find this simply amazing!

  9. 4 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    I read this for research purposes. I'm pretty sure a boggart is stealing my left socks. OKAY, NO. That's not why I'm researching it! I want to write children's books, and mine turn out too weird, so I thought I'd read more children's books and get a hang of the voice and style. This was an epic example. (It can't be more then 10K, right?) I really enjoyed it. I've watched the movie, and the first book is...what? The first 20 minutes of the movie?! It's such an adorably cute book! But now I'm imp I read this for research purposes. I'm pretty sure a boggart is stealing my left socks. OKAY, NO. That's not why I'm researching it! I want to write children's books, and mine turn out too weird, so I thought I'd read more children's books and get a hang of the voice and style. This was an epic example. (It can't be more then 10K, right?) I really enjoyed it. I've watched the movie, and the first book is...what? The first 20 minutes of the movie?! It's such an adorably cute book! But now I'm impressed at how close the movie was following the book. Good stuff. I like the quirkiness of the fencing. Adoring the illustrations. And the poems! My only complaint is the mother. She's a bit weird. I mean, she was out shopping for groceries and got mad at them for being out of bed at night and in the kitchen. MAD. Angry? Why! They were looking for a squirrel in the walls, and goodness sakes, what type of grocery shop is open at night. Why couldn't she have gone in the morning? And why did she never believe her children?! Parents like that in books frustrate me. Anyway. Adorable. Research done. I think I'll read a few more...you know. To solve what that boggart's doing with my socks.

  10. 5 out of 5

    C.P. Cabaniss

    About a year and a half ago I found this entire five book series at a thrift store and decided to buy them. I didn't know much about the series, other than that there was a movie made, but for five bucks I decided to take a chance. And now, over a year later, I have finally started reading them. And I'm really glad I have. This first book is about the Grace children: Mallory, Jared, and Simon. Their lives have changed quite drastically in a short amount of time and they find themselves in a new About a year and a half ago I found this entire five book series at a thrift store and decided to buy them. I didn't know much about the series, other than that there was a movie made, but for five bucks I decided to take a chance. And now, over a year later, I have finally started reading them. And I'm really glad I have. This first book is about the Grace children: Mallory, Jared, and Simon. Their lives have changed quite drastically in a short amount of time and they find themselves in a new home. Things get interesting when they hear things in the walls and Jared discovers a field guide to faeries. The plot is simple because this is focused toward children, but well detailed and clever. The writing is also really excellent and engaging. Although targeted at a younger audience, this can easily be enjoyed by adults. My sister and I read this first book together and plan to continue reading the series in the coming days/weeks. I hope that the remainder of the series holds the same charm as this first installment. We're excited to share these books with our six and seven year old niece and nephew, who we think will really enjoy the story and humor. The illustrations are also really great and should work well when trying to engage younger children in the story. I highly recommend this first book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Very cute! I can see why kids like them. I'm sure I'll end up buying the complete set for mine!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leona Carstairs

    "The Field Guide" is one imaginative little book. This book is short, but very good and original. For fast readers such as myself, it might take 20-30 minutes to read this book. That's how quick of a story it is. But despite being only about 100 pages, I totally loved the story of the Grace siblings. I read this for the first time when I was 8?? 9?? I don't really remember actually, but I loved these magical adventures then and still do. If you know anyone who is a reluctant reader, or prefers s "The Field Guide" is one imaginative little book. This book is short, but very good and original. For fast readers such as myself, it might take 20-30 minutes to read this book. That's how quick of a story it is. But despite being only about 100 pages, I totally loved the story of the Grace siblings. I read this for the first time when I was 8?? 9?? I don't really remember actually, but I loved these magical adventures then and still do. If you know anyone who is a reluctant reader, or prefers shorter books then I think this may be the book/series for them. And if they like fairies and magical creatures, even better, because this series is chock full of them!

  13. 4 out of 5

    George Jankovic

    I like this book for kids (8-11). It's spooky at times as you follow two twin boys and their sister in a creepy, old house. Enjoy!

  14. 4 out of 5

    bella ϟ [ bella farren ]

    3 / 5 stars The Spiderwick Chronicles movie had been a family favourite in my household for years, my sister and I watched the movie a ridiculous amount of times and yet, I never read the series. I was curious when I picked this up, to see how much of the story I remembered and how accurate the film had been. This story follows the Grace family, who were forced to move into the house of a crazy Great Aunt when they couldn't afford to live in New York after the divorce. The three siblings; Jared a 3 / 5 stars The Spiderwick Chronicles movie had been a family favourite in my household for years, my sister and I watched the movie a ridiculous amount of times and yet, I never read the series. I was curious when I picked this up, to see how much of the story I remembered and how accurate the film had been. This story follows the Grace family, who were forced to move into the house of a crazy Great Aunt when they couldn't afford to live in New York after the divorce. The three siblings; Jared and Simon, nine year old twins and their older sister Malory, thirteen, were perfect. They were the typical bickering siblings who drove each other crazy but also supported and trusted each other. The main character in this book was Jared, who was treated as the black sheep of the family, suspected by their mother to have anger issues after getting into a fight at his last school. He was so cute and misunderstood, blamed for the mischief and mayhem an angry Brownie created in their new home. I was surprised by just how short this book was, I finished it in one very short sitting, so I'm sure it will be easy enough to get through the series. It was fast-paced and exciting, covering what ended up being the very beginning of the movie. I'm intrigued to see more of the fantastical creatures and the way the family situation progresses. I remember Aunt Lucinda was always a favourite of mine, so I can't wait until she appears!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    A fun and quick read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jackie "the Librarian"

    Fairies are DANGEROUS. And they don't want you to know about them. I love that this book takes the question of fairies and brownies and pixies seriously, it gives this story its power. I love the setting: the rambling old house out in the country, the secret room, the shadowy feeling that something is watching... And I love the format of this series, with the uneven edges to the pages, the small size of the books. They just feel cool. This is the first book of the series, and it starts off strong Fairies are DANGEROUS. And they don't want you to know about them. I love that this book takes the question of fairies and brownies and pixies seriously, it gives this story its power. I love the setting: the rambling old house out in the country, the secret room, the shadowy feeling that something is watching... And I love the format of this series, with the uneven edges to the pages, the small size of the books. They just feel cool. This is the first book of the series, and it starts off strong. Subsequent books in the series were less interesting to me, I think this is a series you need to read all of in one fell swoop.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    This had everything a children's book should have: imagination. This was really great!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    As I said in an earlier comment, I love the size and feel of this small book. That may sound an odd comment, but I am a book lover of the real deal books, not electronic ones. I love books you can hold in your hands, feel and smell the paper, books you can caress. It's just such a lovely size; I could hold it in one hand whilst I read. Even the fonts captured me. This is the sort of book that I would have cherished as a young girl, collecting all of the series and placing them in a special spot As I said in an earlier comment, I love the size and feel of this small book. That may sound an odd comment, but I am a book lover of the real deal books, not electronic ones. I love books you can hold in your hands, feel and smell the paper, books you can caress. It's just such a lovely size; I could hold it in one hand whilst I read. Even the fonts captured me. This is the sort of book that I would have cherished as a young girl, collecting all of the series and placing them in a special spot on my bookshelf. I found this copy, in near perfect condition, at a thrift store for 50 cents. Initially I picked it up thinking it would be a good base for an altered book but it's a keeper. It is going on one of my (grownup) bookshelves. The story would also have captivated me as a young girl: three children and their newly-divorced mom move, out of necessity, into an older relative's practically abandoned Victorian home, where weird things happen and a mystery unfolds. I realized reading it as an adult that there is powerful marketing going on here; The Field Guide is just a tasty morsel to whet young readers' appetites so they'll want to buy the next in the series. That's cool. I once owned over 60 hardback Nancy Drews and loved every one of them. (I can't believe my mom let me sell them to a used bookstore when I was 14 and thought I had outgrown them. I weep still.) Lovely illustrations, fun mysterious story, beautiful presentation. I read it in an hour or two and enjoyed it very much. Made me remember how very much I loved to read as a child, especially tales like this that opened secret doors onto magic and mystery.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Peter Monn

    Loved this book so much. Can't wait to read the rest of the series. Check out my review on my booktube channel at http://YouTube.com/peterlikesbooks

  20. 5 out of 5

    Faseeh Ilahi

    I freaking loved this book. The story was cute. The illustrations were amazing. The plot and the twist and turns were admirable. This was a really short book but a really fun one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The First book in a series of Five. The story is about the Grace Children: Mallory who is 13 and the 9 year-old twins Jared and Simon. When their father leaves the family, mom and the kids move into the Spiderwick estate - a large crumbling mansion that they inherited from their “crazy” Aunt. The house is big enough for Mallory to practice her fencing, Simon to keep his stray animals he loves and for Jared to ....well... mostly just be pissed off. He isn’t handling the whole abandonment thing re The First book in a series of Five. The story is about the Grace Children: Mallory who is 13 and the 9 year-old twins Jared and Simon. When their father leaves the family, mom and the kids move into the Spiderwick estate - a large crumbling mansion that they inherited from their “crazy” Aunt. The house is big enough for Mallory to practice her fencing, Simon to keep his stray animals he loves and for Jared to ....well... mostly just be pissed off. He isn’t handling the whole abandonment thing real well. One day Jared - comes across a book by Arthur Spiderwick - and it turns out to be a field guide to Faeries! The moment he opens this book strange, magical and sometimes painful things begin to happen. This is a really quick read and it’s easy to devour this book on a lunch break, bus ride or in a bubble bath. The illustrations are really what drew me into the book, but the story was good enough to keep me reading the other 4 books in the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cori Reed

    Very fun and just the right amount of spooky!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Baker

    Fun story, but too short. I can't wait to read the next one! 🤺🐀

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stefan Yates

    I wasn't too sure what I was getting into when I started this book and I must say that I was much more than pleasantly surprised. The story centers on a mother and her three children, a set of twins and their older sister, who have just moved into the old dilapidated house that has been in the family for years. Very soon after moving in, strange occurrences begin to happen and the children dedicate themselves to solving the mystery. This is a well written introduction to the series and the style I wasn't too sure what I was getting into when I started this book and I must say that I was much more than pleasantly surprised. The story centers on a mother and her three children, a set of twins and their older sister, who have just moved into the old dilapidated house that has been in the family for years. Very soon after moving in, strange occurrences begin to happen and the children dedicate themselves to solving the mystery. This is a well written introduction to the series and the style and illustrations really add to the feel of the story. The characters are likable and there are a few minor twists and turns that keep things interesting. This isn't a very long book so naturally it didn't take too long to read, that being said however, I did find it difficult to put down. I think that kids of all ages would be able to follow the story and enjoy solving the mystery along with the children in the story. It was an enjoyable read and I am looking forward to book 2 once I purchase it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    When siblings Jared, Simon and Mallory Grace move to the country with their mother after their parents' divorce, they aren't sure just what to make of their new home. A rambling old Victorian mansion on a large and wooded property somewhere in Pennsylvania, the Spiderwick Estate belongs to their great-aunt Lucinda, reputed to have gone insane, and is slowly falling into disrepair. Jared, known in his family as a trouble-maker ever since he began getting into fights at school, leads his twin brot When siblings Jared, Simon and Mallory Grace move to the country with their mother after their parents' divorce, they aren't sure just what to make of their new home. A rambling old Victorian mansion on a large and wooded property somewhere in Pennsylvania, the Spiderwick Estate belongs to their great-aunt Lucinda, reputed to have gone insane, and is slowly falling into disrepair. Jared, known in his family as a trouble-maker ever since he began getting into fights at school, leads his twin brother and elder sister in a series of discoveries, as they find their great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick's hidden library, and then his field guide to the various species of faery. It is only when the siblings actually meet a faery - Thimbletack the erstwhile boggart, restored to his more benevolent brownie form - that Simon and Mallory are truly convinced that Jared has been telling them the truth... The first part of a five-volume work that is meant to be read as one long story, rather than as a series with discrete entries, The Field Guide does an excellent job of introducing readers to the three young heroes, briefly but ably capturing their differing personalities and interests. Fierce Mallory with her talent for fencing, dreamy Simon and his love of animals, and emotionally turbulent Jared, with his openness to new discoveries, all emerge as distinct and interesting characters, despite the brevity of the text. Black also succeeds in making the Spiderwick Estate feel like a real place - one the reader will want to visit and explore. A brief chapter-book for young readers just getting going with longer fiction, this is a book that will also interest older children, given the subject matter and presentation. The artwork, done in pen and ink by Tony DiTerlizzi, is just as engaging as the story, with a quirky appeal that reminded me quite a bit of the work of Chris Riddell - high praise, coming from me! Recommended to young fantasy lovers and children (or adults) who believe in faeries - just be sure to have the second volume of the story handy...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marit

    I needed one more fantasy and this book was sitting on my brothers book shelves. So I said to myself just read it what's the worst that could happen. Anyways I watched the movie as a child and got extremely scared of it. I don't remember why I just did. This is a great example of a fantasy book that I don't hate. I read this all tonight as soon as I got home and ended up liking it. What a shock I like a fantasy book. 😂 It had realistic people with hints of fantasy in it. But you weren't constant I needed one more fantasy and this book was sitting on my brothers book shelves. So I said to myself just read it what's the worst that could happen. Anyways I watched the movie as a child and got extremely scared of it. I don't remember why I just did. This is a great example of a fantasy book that I don't hate. I read this all tonight as soon as I got home and ended up liking it. What a shock I like a fantasy book. 😂 It had realistic people with hints of fantasy in it. But you weren't constantly reminded that you're reading fantasy there were may parts that I questioned if this was fantasy but there were also parts that I was like ugh this is where the fantasy comes into play. Overall I see why it wAs on. My brothers book shelf. Good book Quick reads A good book for you fantasy haters 😂😂😂😂

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lane

    This is probably one of the quickest reads that I've ever actually enjoyed. It survives the middle grade fate of being written so condescendingly young that it isn't really that fun (here's looking at you, A Series of Unfortunate Events). While it's too short to get a lot of character development, what is revealed is quite intriguing and does make you somewhat invested in the characters, especially Jared, who kind of just gets blamed for everything. This opening book really sets up the series, w This is probably one of the quickest reads that I've ever actually enjoyed. It survives the middle grade fate of being written so condescendingly young that it isn't really that fun (here's looking at you, A Series of Unfortunate Events). While it's too short to get a lot of character development, what is revealed is quite intriguing and does make you somewhat invested in the characters, especially Jared, who kind of just gets blamed for everything. This opening book really sets up the series, with Spiderwick's Guide and the warnings from the creatures already found in the house. A very cute read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Short, cute, kinda creepy~ :3

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Graces, consisting of Mom, big sister Mallory and twins Simon and Jared move to Aunt Lucinda's house. On the first night, Jared hears movement within the walls. The curious children decide to investigate when their Mom is away by smashing a hole in the wall. What they find inside is a small collection of peculiar knick knacks, almost as if someone lived there. There is also a dumbwaiter. Small enough to fit, Jared goes in and up into a hidden library and discovers a Field Guide written by Ar The Graces, consisting of Mom, big sister Mallory and twins Simon and Jared move to Aunt Lucinda's house. On the first night, Jared hears movement within the walls. The curious children decide to investigate when their Mom is away by smashing a hole in the wall. What they find inside is a small collection of peculiar knick knacks, almost as if someone lived there. There is also a dumbwaiter. Small enough to fit, Jared goes in and up into a hidden library and discovers a Field Guide written by Arthur Spiderwick, detailing about Fey and a weird creature called a boggart. A series of mean pranks are played on Mallory and Simon leading their mother to believe Jared is acting this way due to their Father leaving but Jared is convinced the Fey in the Field Guide are real and are behind it. The Field Guide was magical! It was short but a terrific start to the Spiderwick Chronicles. I liked Jared as the main character. He's a troubled child and when he was accused of playing pranks on his sister and brother I felt quite sorry for him. There is a lot of potential for character development there. I am eager to follow the Graces as they discover more about the Fey. I am curious as to why the Boggart told the children to burn the book. There must be something big in there!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pepper

    This is the first chapter book I have started to read with my six year old son. He truly enjoys the story and with the help of the descriptions the authors give, he is learning to "imagine" the story in his head. The beautiful illustrations scattered throughout the book help to keep him interested as well. My eight year old nephew also loves reading this series on his own. I feel it is a wonderful story. The first book sets the stage and gives lots of background information. The length of the boo This is the first chapter book I have started to read with my six year old son. He truly enjoys the story and with the help of the descriptions the authors give, he is learning to "imagine" the story in his head. The beautiful illustrations scattered throughout the book help to keep him interested as well. My eight year old nephew also loves reading this series on his own. I feel it is a wonderful story. The first book sets the stage and gives lots of background information. The length of the book was just right. I believe it has six or seven chapters which is perfect for the young reader. The authors could have easily combined all of the books into one large book, but I feel this would have been a mistake. My son loves the feeling of accomplishment of finishing a book. I fear he would have lost interest had it not been the length it was!

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