The Spiderwick Chronicles: the First Complete Serial (The Spiderwick Chronicles #1-5)
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
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 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!
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
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 creepy new house in the middle of nowhere was not what Jared, his twin Simon and big-siste...more
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
Genre: Fantasy, Children's Lit
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
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!
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
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)[berubah jadi burung, dan dimakan hobgoblin, Hoqsqueal *maaf kalo ada salah penulisan n...more
All three Grace children are well defined, and the plot of the series and of each indiv...more
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
[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