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The Book

Spiderwick Chronicles

by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Book 1- The Field Guide (also in Spanish)
Book 2- The Seeing Stone
Book 3- Lucinda’s Secret
Book 4- The Ironwood Tree

Book 5- Wrath of Mulgarath

Read Chapter One: The Field Guide

Spiderwick from Wikipedia

Publisher’s Weekly
This snappy story, the inaugural title in The Spiderwick Chronicles, sets the scene for the next four books planned. The authors introduce the three Grace siblings-13-year-old Mallory and nine-year-old twins Jared and Simon-and their recently divorced mother, who move into their great-aunt's dilapidated Victorian house. The paper-over-board volume opens to a Victorian-style design; a full-page, framed pen-and-ink scene appears opposite each chapter opening (with clever headings such as "In Which There Are Answers, Though Not Necessarily to the Right Questions"). After Jared hears scuttling inside the walls, Mallory pokes a broom through a kitchen wall and discovers a "nest" filled with unusual trinkets-a doll's head, tiny lead soldiers, bits of tattered fabric-plus one of her own fencing medals. Jared encounters more mystery when a dumbwaiter carries him to a doorless upstairs library. Here he spies a yellowing riddle in rhyme (reproduced on a glossy insert), which leads him to the attic and ultimately to Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You-a handbook to the faerie realm. Often in trouble, Jared gets the blame for some odd occurrences (e.g., Mallory awakens to find her hair tied in knots around her headboard, Simon's tadpoles are frozen into ice cubes, etc.). Appealing characters, well-measured suspense and an inviting package will lure readers on to The Seeing Stone (-85937-6), due the same month. Youngsters may well find themselves glancing over their shoulders as they eagerly follow the events.
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Horn Book

In The Field Guide, siblings Jared, Simon, and Mallory discover a mysterious book about magical creatures and an enigmatic brownie. In The Seeing Stone, Book 2 of the series, Jared and Mallory rescue Simon from a band of goblins, meeting a dangerous troll, a hobgoblin, and an injured griffin along the way. The individual books don't stand alone and the first mostly sets the stage, but the writing is fast paced and action-packed. Retro black-and-white spot art adds atmosphere.

The Movie
The Spiderwick Chronicles
Cast: Freddie Highmore, Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte, Joan Plowright, David Strathairn, Seth Rogen
Director: Mark Waters
Distributors: Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies
MPAA Rating: PG
Release Date: February 15th, 2008 (wide)
Based on: The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Peculiar things start to happen the moment the Grace family (Jared, his twin brother Simon, sister Mallory and their mom) leave New York and move into the secluded old house owned by their great, great uncle, Arthur Spiderwick. Unable to explain the strange disappearances and accidents that seem to be happening on a daily basis, the family blames Jared. When he, Simon and Mallory investigate what’s really going on, they uncover the fantastic truth of the Spiderwick estate and the creatures that inhabit it.


Move Over Potter!

Spiderwick Chronicles: A Good Addition to children’s fantasy genre. 

Children’s Fantasy Film Better Than Expected 

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