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The Spiderwick Chronicles Box Set (The Spiderwick Chronicles #1-5)

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It all started with a mysterious letter left at a tiny bookstore for authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. Its closing lines: "We just want people to know about this. The stuff that has happened to us could happen to anyone." Little could they imagine the remarkable adventure that awaited them as they followed Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace and a strange old book into ...more
Hardcover, 571 pages
Published September 21st 2004 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 2004)
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Aug 16, 2008 Sara rated it really liked it
This was a very fun series to read. The books are short (only 100 pages each or so, including pages of beautiful illustrations that add to the overall enjoyment) and each book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so you really need to read the whole series to enjoy it.

Three siblings (twin boys and their older sister) move to a relative's old house with their mom and discover their great-great-uncle's book about goblins, dwarves, brownies, elves, etc. - and these creatures live in the land but are in
Asghar Abbas
Feb 10, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A very charming book
the delightful illustrations only added to the magic
and to the story
a well made movie with the lovely Irish Sarah Bolger rounded things off nicely.
Feb 04, 2016 Eirini rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Συμπαθητικό ,αλλά δεν με ενθουσίασε.
Jan 04, 2015 Helene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-read
I'll have to give this series a 4.5 of 5.

Let's break this down…

#1 - The Field Guide - 5/5 stars
I loved it! I didn't expect this children's book to be half as good as it was. I love the way of writing in this book. Very descriptive and imaginative.

#2 - The Seeing Stone - 4/5 stars

#3 - Lucinda's Secret - 4/5 stars
This wasn't my favorite in the series, but still very good! I really like how this book describes the creatures and surroundings. I find it fascinating to read!
I also like the character
Jun 22, 2008 Jordan rated it liked it
It must be hard to be a children's fiction writer in a post-Harry Potter world. So many new fantasy series' seem at once to be grasping for the same level of fandom by using so many of the same devices as the Potter books, and yet at the same time desperately trying to assert their originality. There are a lot of good things to be said for the Spiderwick Chronicles, and I'm looking forward to the movie version's release in a few weeks. But at the same time, there's something kind of hollow about ...more
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[...]forse il secondo mi ha presa un po’ meno, mentre il quarto e il quinto mi son piaciuti ancora di più, ma nel complesso è una serie che mi ha proprio fatto piacere leggere.[...]

Una serie in cinque libri perfettamente godibile anche dagli adulti, una storia illustrata magistralmente che chiede a gran voce di essere presente sui vostri scaffali o nelle vostre librerie digitali, un barattolo pieno di lucciole che chiedono di essere liberate per lasciarsi ammirare mentre bal
May 14, 2014 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Υπέροχο βιβλίο για παιδιά (κ για ενήλικες παιδιά). Γιατί όταν ήμουν παιδί δεν μου έφερναν τέτοια βιβλία; Πόσο μου εξάπτουν τη φαντασία; Νεράιδες, ξωτικά τρολς και καλικάτζαροι σε μια μεγάλη έπαυλη που θα γίνει το σπίτι τους και γύρω από αυτή! Οοοολα αυτά τα έβαλαν μέσα σε αυτόν τον κόσμο όχι σε κάποιον άλλον, υπάρχουν στις αυλές μας, στα βουνά, στα δάση! Καταπληκτικό για τα παιδιά!
Dec 09, 2014 Joost rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
De ouders van Mallory en haar tweelingbroertjes Jared en Simon zijn gescheiden en hun moeder neemt haar drie kinderen vanuit New York mee naar een verlaten huis van hun oudoom Arthur Spiderwick. Het is een oud huis en er gebeuren allemaal vreemde dingen. Dingen verdwijnen en er zijn wat opmerkelijke ongelukjes. Jared krijgt alleen maar de schuld van zijn moeder, maar de kinderen vermoeden dat er iets gaande is in het huis van Spiderwick. Ze gaan op onderzoek uit en vinden het boek van Arthur Spi ...more
This was a quick, fun listen. I'm not sure I got the full experience, as my attention was often divided, but the story was simple enough that it didn't trip me up much. Mark Hamill was the reader, and it's pretty well known among the cartoon-watching community that he is a particularly good voice actor. He did very well with the myriad of fantastical characters in this story, giving them each unique and fun voices. I wish he'd done that with the protagonists, too, but it was still a well done re ...more
Sep 23, 2015 Marita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anbefales ved lesetørke! Les boka, se på tegningene, hopp over filmen.
Lorna (Loz) Parsons
Apr 10, 2016 Lorna (Loz) Parsons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Yes, you saw that right. Five stars. Not even 4.5. Nope. This book deserves a full five star rating. Which, if you know me, you'll know that's a very rare rating for me to just give to a book just because I really liked it.

I couldn't even pinpoint anything specific about what I loved in this book (technically, many books). I loved the characters. Mallory's character development, in particular, I thoroughly enjoyed. I could connect a lot to Simon because, as you may know, I do study Animal Car
Jan 18, 2015 Amira rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I first read this series when I was in my first year high school. I remembered that every time I went to our school library which is every day, I always find time to get the latest/recent fiction book. I spotted this beautiful book and the Goosebumps series! Yknow, kids. HAHA! And, from then on, I always make it a point to ask if the next book is already available, and so on. I finished this whole damn set for two years because our library wasn't able to get their copies on time.

After seven year
Nov 23, 2014 Joost rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
De ouders van Mallory en haar tweelingbroertjes Jared en Simon zijn gescheiden en hun moeder neemt haar drie kinderen vanuit New York mee naar een verlaten huis van hun oudoom Arthur Spiderwick. Het is een oud huis en er gebeuren allemaal vreemde dingen. Dingen verdwijnen en er zijn wat opmerkelijke ongelukjes. Jared krijgt alleen maar de schuld van zijn moeder, maar de kinderen vermoeden dat er iets gaande is in het huis van Spiderwick. Ze gaan op onderzoek uit en vinden het boek van Arthur Spi ...more
Mar 01, 2013 Chris rated it liked it
Cesi, my 6-yr-old, and I read this set and had a blast with it. It's all about getting a glimpse into the normally invisible world of Faerie all around us in which ogres, sprites, brownies, elves, trolls, griffins, goblins, and dragons live. The stories move along at a nice clip, and offer kids plot twists to draw them into attempting to solve mysteries and innovate with the characters when things don't turn out as planned (which they mostly don't, immediately anyway). Way better than the movie, ...more
Feb 15, 2010 Daniel rated it liked it
I read the entire series in one go during a bout of insomnia. Youth literature is not really my "thing", but I have been reading and re-reading some things lately because of a few children's librarians I know (one in particular, mmm), and I generally like to read books before watching film adaptations. The only problem is nowadays I'm generally not even aware that a film is an adaptation of a book. I guess I should just assume since Hollywood doesn't seem particularly creative in general anymore ...more
Oct 12, 2015 Nigel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Though originally released separately, the five editions combined here form one stonkingly well-written, structured and plotted little children's fantasy novel. Jared, Simon and Mallory stumble across a whole hidden world of faeries when they find a Field Guide to fantastical things, and soon they are beset by boggarts and goblins and trolls and ogres and all manner of frightful (and delightful) things, making their life interesting. Told from the point of view mainly of Jared, with his hot temp ...more
Feb 03, 2009 Heffalump rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the story of The Spiderwick Chronicles. However, I was disappointed that each book was really only a small piece of the whole story. They could have all been put into one larger book that still would not have been too long. Instead they made the books smaller and just over 100 pages each. The cost of each hardcover book in the set is $10.99. It seems more like a marketing ploy to get people to pay out more money. To get the whole set would cost $50 or more but what you are ending up wi ...more
Marielle Lien
Feb 07, 2016 Marielle Lien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2016
Elsket den. Illustrasjonene var nydelige, og boka var skikkelig gøy og spennende, selv om jeg hadde sett filmen.
Sep 08, 2015 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most interesting series I read as a child. It also sits very high up on my list of books I’d hoped to see as films only to be disappointed (as so often seems to be the case).

It’s such an interesting story and you really do need to sit it out until the very end to find out how things play out. Each book contains its own story whilst adding to the continuous story throughout.

As a whole, one of my favourite childhood reads.
Feb 07, 2015 Rabbittÿ rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
หนังสือเลมบางๆ ทีอานไดเพลิดเพลินและสนุกอยางไมนาเชือ ...more
Mar 21, 2016 Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Ivan really loved this series. Like, was obsessed with it, the first set of chapter books he's sat and listened to me read out loud - and then listened to again on audiobook a few days later. We've spent countless hours discussing the Fair Folk. So they get five stars just for being still interesting having heard them twice in two weeks. :-}

I do feel like some things were cut out of them. In the last book a reference was made to "Arthur's brother got eaten by a bear that was really a troll" that
May 02, 2015 Amber rated it really liked it
Shelves: popular-series
I read the second book of the Spiderwick series, The Seeing Stone. I chose to read this book because a 3rd grader in the classroom I am observing this semester was reading it. She was very excited about the book, and she suggested that I read the second book to start.

I found this story captivating. The plot moved quickly. For an adult, I felt that the story lacked character development and missed details. I had a hard time picturing each scene. However, for children, I think the quick movement
Bé Né
Apr 13, 2015 Bé Né rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aujourd'hui je vous présente la découverte d'une saga écrite par Holly Black et Toni Diterlizzi que j'ai lue il y'a quelques années lors de sa sortie aux éditions Pocket Jeunesse en 2004 pour les 3 premiers tomes et 2005 pour les 2 derniers.

Cette saga suit Mallory, Jared et Simon Grace de jeunes frères et soeur tout juste installés avec leur mère au domaine de spiderwick à contre-coeur, sans savoir qu'ils vont vivre d'incroyables aventures entourés de créatures fantastiques : gobelins, fées, hob
Zelly B.
A very fun story, one that is very easy to get into, with likeable characters (I adore the Grace twins liek whoa) and an interesting cast of supernatural creatures.

It definitely felt light-hearted. The tone of the whole series of books reminded me of CS Lewis and Diana Wynne Jones, but a little simpler.

And the illustrations are beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. I really think the two (images + text) complimented each other and made the story that much more lush.

Overall, an enjoyable read!
Jan 28, 2015 April rated it it was amazing
I picked this up because we needed a new audiobook for the car and my daughter loves fairies. I expected something lighthearted with some fairy mythology tossed in. What I got was a series that discussed some heavy issues, including divorce, abandonment, loss, and forgiveness, and did so with both humor and candor. There were no "chosen ones," only children who became special because they chose to work hard at things that were important to them.
Jul 03, 2015 Sleepover137 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fast read! And the drawings and descriptions create such a beautiful world. The story itself is definitely aimed at children, but I enjoyed it anyway. Especially the intertextual references made the book fun. And I would guess that those could be lost on younger children. Also have I mentioned how beautiful the artwork is? It's amazing!
Amanda Lamb
Jan 28, 2014 Amanda Lamb rated it liked it
The girls picked this series to read from our home library (I think these used to belong to my little brother?). The girls loved the books. They lapped up the fantastical world and have brought some of the faerie lore into their imaginative play.

Each book is short and filled with lovely illustrations. The five books each present a piece to the puzzle and essentially could have been published as one, although I appreciated the separation for the sake of reading to the girls, who felt a sense of
Sep 07, 2008 Rachel rated it it was amazing
I've read all the books and they were awsome and I fill the movie pertrays nothing in the books but basicalley puddle jumped threw them picking out samll facts. Event he ending was completly wron and strayed from the books so far I didn't even recognize it! They even said steel burned fairies!
Aug 14, 2009 Kait rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids between 7-12
Definitely geared to the 8-12 year old set, but was nice to be able to read a chapter in a few minutes (I rarely get time to read any more, and have to put the book down at the drop of a hat), and the plot was simple enough that if I put the book down mid-page, I could remember what was going on.
Aug 07, 2011 Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fast read and a fun read. Much better than the movie. The adventures tied in a lot better in the book and made more sense. So even though I had seen the movie first the book was so different it was like reading a totally different story. Woud love to find more like this.
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Holly Black is a best-selling author of contemporary fantasy novels for kids, teens, and adults. She is the author of the Modern Faerie Tale series (Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside), The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), and The Good Neighbors graphic novels (with Ted Naifeh) The Poison Eaters and Other Stories, a collection of short fiction, and The Curse Worker series (White Cat, Red Gl ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Spiderwick Chronicles (5 books)
  • The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1)
  • The Seeing Stone (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #2)
  • Lucinda's Secret (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #3)
  • The Ironwood Tree (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #4)
  • The Wrath of Mulgarath (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #5)

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