The Spiderwick Chronicles: the First Complete Serial (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1-5)
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The Spiderwick Chronicles: the First Complete Serial (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

Hardcover, First Omnibus Edition, 650 pages
Published by Simon and Schuster (first published September 21st 2004)
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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...more
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
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
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
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!
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
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!
Amanda Lamb
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...more
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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.
I like these books a lot. I saw the movie and decided I should read the books. The are geared towards little children so they are pretty small and easy reading. I like them a ton though!
listening to this in the car. Mark Hamill is the reader and he is very good. I really feel like I'm listening to kids. The pace is fast and the story is cute so far.
Good quick reads, awsome for young children, would be good for reluctant readers. Shallow story line, which the movie made even worse.
This has been one of my favorite films since I saw it a few years ago, so I knew I'd want to read the series at some point. I read via audiobook with Mark Hamill as narrator: he does a fantastic job. Rarely do I like a film version better than the book but I do here. The film puts it all into one story that moves along nicely. I had a hard time with some of the imagery of the books and found myself lost at times or just not being able to picture what was going on. I do think this series starts o...more
This was a really good series. Like the Lemony Snicket series in that it is simple, yet smart reading material for kids aged 7 and up, but also entertaining enough for an adult. I got through each book in about 30 minutes, so the only bad thing was the fact that the adventure was over too quickly for me. But this is probably really good for a child, especially children who don't necessarily like to read. I know my cousin got through all five and not only loved them, but felt really accomplished...more
The Spiderwick Chronicles is the story of the three Grace children and their epic journey though the Faery World after they discover their Great Uncle Arthur's field guide.

Now, the series is meant for children or young-ish readers, and sometimes it reads that way. The writing and description, while not simple to the point of being juvenile, is somewhat simple or sparse in some chapters.

Readers are hardly told anything about the villain until he is first introduced in Book 4, and even then, his...more
The first proper fantasy (except fairytales) I ever read was The Spiderwick Chronicles, and it introduced me to my favourite genre, so revisiting the series a few years later was a bit daunting, in case it wasn't quite as magical through more experienced eyes. But I didn't have anything to worry about, and the Grace children's adventure continues to be one of the most influential stories I've ever read.

The creepy new house in the middle of nowhere was not what Jared, his twin Simon and big-siste...more
This series reminded me a lot of the Iron Fey series, but lacked its elegance and intrigue. I didn’t connect with any of the characters. In fact, I doubt there was any character development at all. The plot is about this one megalomania and just like a good ol’ good vs. evil story, they needed to defeat this ogre named Mulgarath.

I was honestly bored the whole time I read it. During the start, I was kind of amused by what happened, but after a couple more chapters it started to get dull. Somethin...more
Ish Healy
Author: Tony DiTerizzi and Holly Black
Genre: Fantasy, Children's Lit
Rating: C

Rather than review each of the books individually, I’m going to respond to them as a series, in part because I read the series as one book in an anthology, and in part because I think that’s how the story works best, as one longer-story, rather than as a series of shorter ones.

The story, if you’re not familiar with it is such: Following the failure of her marriage Helen Grace brings her three children, daughter Mallory...more
Well, I just have to say how very good these books are. This intelligent and oh so fantastically illustrated series really merits its huge success. There’s a strong sense of story structure and writer know-how. The reader is carried along adeptly. I really like the direction they go with mythological material. Imaginative faerie world creatures are mixed very successfully with modern day children in an enjoyably escapist setting. The characters are well rounded and individual. The dialogue moves...more
"Beautiful books. Before I go any further I need to talk about the illustrations and the books themselves. I'm a sucker for a gorgeous book with deckle edge and amazing illustrations which this set of books has in spades. Each book has an illustrated cover that carries on throughout the entirety of the story. As I turned the pages I found myself wanting to find another piece of art to admire and enhance my reading; I wasn't disappointed. Toni DiTerlizzi did an amazing job with these books, as he...more
Siblings Simon, Jared, and Mallory are living with their mother in their dotty old aunt's rambling, decrepid house when they find a book by their aunt's father that details faeries, ogres, trolls, and other fantastic creatures. I apologize if I spell things wrong, but I listened to this on CD in my car so I missed the book spellings (and apparently good drawings, too). But, I got to hear Mark Hamill read the book, which at times was kind of fun because some of his voices reminded me of Yoda and...more
This is a compendium of five books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black :
1) The Field Guide
2) The Seeing Stone
3) Lucinda's Secret
4) The Ironwood Tree
5) The Wrath of Mulgarath

And are they BRILLIANT!

Saw the movie, loved it; then read the books, even better!

The books have more characters, the plot more believable, and book 4 is completely missing from the silver screen portrayal. Fast and furious read, completely engrossing. Loved it!
Annie McMahon
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This series introduces the reader to different faeries, such as brownies, goblins, sprites, elves, griffins, and many more. With each book, we discover new creatures, their unique characteristics, and the settings where they dwell. Everything is simple and described in such a way that even a beginner fantasy reader can understand.

The story is written through Jared's POV, one of the nine-year-old twin brothers. Even though they are twins, they have their own unique personalities....more
Razif Falyan Ardharu
Ini revyu lengkapnya dari kelima buku. Series Rating: 4.2 stars mari kita bulatkan menjadi 4 bintang

Alur: Menarik, dari awal udah banyak aksi yang disuguhkan. Tidak membuat pembaca bosan & mengantuk. Pembaca dibuat tegang & gabisa berenti ngebaca sampe ending-nya. Mungkin banyak yang dibuat kecewa dengan ending yang begitu cepat selesai, dan tidak full-action seperti di masalah lainnya. (view spoiler)...more
The Grace siblings have been through many trials recently, with their dad abandoning them and the move into their crazy Aunt Lucy's falling-down house. The trouble starts when the eldest boy, Jared discovers his great Uncle's Field Guide. Full of information and illustrations of all the magical creatures in and around the house and town, the guide is sought by all kinds of creatures for good and ill purposes.

All three Grace children are well defined, and the plot of the series and of each indiv...more
This was my daughter (age 4) and my first attempt at reading a series of stories with chapters (in preparation for Harry Potter, of course!). The story is creative, and illustrated. The chapters are short enough to hold a toddler (and mother's) attention. However, what it was lacking was substance and detail. I find that a lot with fantasy books: you either have books like The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, where the author's know so much about their worlds, that volumes of supporting texts...more
Aug 21, 2008 April rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to April by: My nephew

I finally managed to finish this series! I was initially inspired to read it after I went to see the film with my two ten year old nephews this past winter. I enjoyed it quite a bit, being a lover of kid and teen lit and general and having a soft spot for Freddie Highmore. So I ordered the series as one book back in the spring. It’s sat on my coffee table since then, and I would pick it up every now and again and read a bit and then forget it for weeks and then pick it up again.

However I had mad...more
**Minor Spoilers**
[This is a review off the entire Spiderwick Chronicles.]
This book, like all books, has its ups and downs. There weren't a lot, but there defiantly were some. I loved the fact that this book was based on a supposedly true story; Three children - twin boys and an older sister, had written a note to the two authors about their experiences, and form there the book was made.
My brother and I had a lot of fun watching the movie and leaving honey out for our own house brownie and we a...more
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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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Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales, #1) The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1) Ironside (Modern Faerie Tales, #3) White Cat (Curse Workers, #1) The Wrath of Mulgarath (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #5)

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