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A Giant Problem (Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles #2)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,057 Ratings  ·  168 Reviews
Talk about out of the frying pan, into the fire! I was pretty sure that my freaky stepsister and that freaky field guide of hers would ruin my life. But now it looks like they're going to ruin all of Florida, too! Okay, maybe that's not fair. Maybe all these stupid giants would be waking up anyway, but if it wasn't for her and that book, I'd be home playing video games and ...more
Hardcover, 154 pages
Published September 16th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published September 1st 2008)
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Sep 26, 2015 Courtney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I don't plan to go into great detail about the storyline, because I'm a firm believer that a story can only be truly reviewed by a person's impression of the story. I think it would be a waste of time to go over the plot again...that's what the title page of the book is for.

Ok, there is so much to talk about!!! The Nixies are crazy, the mermaids are way meaner than I anticipated, and basically everything is going crazy!! These poor kids!! And Nick is so freaking conflicted about everything, the
Valeria Ambriz
Jul 18, 2015 Valeria Ambriz rated it it was amazing
I liked this book it is the second book I have read of Spider Wick and I would like to read the third one it was really interesting how they had to make the Giants listen to the mermaids sing. They had to give the mermaids a fish so that they could sing for the giants. The Giants crashing up Nick's house so that they had to stay in a hotel. Jack leaving with his son to another place because he got hurt by a Giant so his son decided to take him where he lives. They had to go and steal the fish fr ...more
Ann Keller
Jun 25, 2009 Ann Keller rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
What a delightful book this is. This was the first book I’ve read in the Spiderwick Chronicles and I quickly found myself immersed in the story of Nicholas Vargas and his sister, Laurie. Add to this Noseeum Jack, a humorous character with a huge walking stick, a sharp machete and lots of advice on tracking giants.

I fell in love with the mischievous and voracious hobgoblin Sandspur and allowed myself to drift away on the magical songs sung by the wise, but tricky, Merpeople. Although Nick seemin
Drew Graham
Jun 16, 2015 Drew Graham rated it did not like it
Shelves: me
So this middle book in the three-part "Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles" series ostensibly tries really hard to improve on the first one, and to broaden and expand the scope of the characters and plot, but in the end it just falls flat. Story-wise, basically there are giants wreaking havoc all over Florida, and it's up to a group of step-siblings (plus or minus a girlfriend or a trio of recalls from other series) to figure out how to get rid of them.

The authors thankfully managed to keep themsel
Jul 11, 2016 Tania rated it it was amazing
This is a really gripping story, and far more extreme than the original series.
They have to save Florida this time, not just a field guide and the Grace family and their house.
All of Florida!

More destructive and risky, larger creatures and more dangerous ones.

This one has more of an oceanic theme to it, merpeople and water creatures, not as much the forest fey of the first series which is set in Maine.

This should be a movie too!
Nov 26, 2015 Елена rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Лошо ли е,че харесвам детски книжки? Тони и Холи все повече ми харесват като комбинация. Тази книжка ме зарежда с положителни емоции всеки път щом я отворя,на фона на ужасните неща,които героите преживяват :D Радвам се,че в тази книга освен Ник и Лори се включиха и още няколко - Джулс и Синди например. Бодливко,това малко ядящо тапицерия същество незнайно защо ми напомня на Гроувър от Пърси Джаксън. Доста ми допадна в книжката,че действието се развива супер бързо с типичните за детските книжки н ...more
Stealing a man's fish is a very brave thing to do! I don't know if I'd have the nerve.
Nov 21, 2014 Nilgun rated it liked it
I have one book more to finished this series. Yayyyy!
Oct 15, 2015 Meghan rated it really liked it
The second novel in the Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles trilogy. Literally Nick and Laurie have a giant problem, with giants. These creatures are tearing up destruction everywhere they turn. The next thing they know the giants are knocking down the house they live in. Nick takes it upon himself to try and fix this problem. Both him and Laurie, with the help of Nick’s older brother, Jules and his girlfriend Cindy, the four of them take down the giants. But was that for the best? The novel ends o ...more
Dec 29, 2014 Noa rated it it was ok
The continuation of The Nixie's Song, the second book in th beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles. Nick and Laurie have a Giant Problem on their hands, literally. It they don't do something, then Florida could be burnt to the ground!

I admit, I had a good time reading this book as it was a very fun adventure following these kids in their attempts to save the world from Giants and other fairy problems. Not to mention it was quick. I liked the fairies in the book and how they were discovered, but it fe
This is the second book in the Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles series by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. Our youngest and I really enjoyed the original series, The Spiderwick Chronicles - they were fun, dramatic, and fast reads. So I really looked forward to this next tale.

Once again, the story is a serial tale set in three different books, the first two with cliffhangers that leave you eager to move to the next. They are very similar in tone and format to the first series, but this time we al
Luke La

Luke La Shelle

Beyond The Spiderwick Chronicles a Giant Problem is written by Toni DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
The main characters are Nick and Laurie.
In the beginning Noseeum Jack finds Laurie and Nick and warns them about how the Giants are waking up. They devise a plan to lure the Giants to the ocean with the Mermaid's song so that they can't hurt anyone.
The conflict is that the Giants are waking up and wreaking havoc like for example the giants destroyed Nick and Laurie's house. In the
Katy Jane
Apr 09, 2014 Katy Jane rated it it was amazing
1. So, like, when the giants are stomping through the city behind the car, what does that look like to people without the Sight? An earthquake?
2. So many layers of trouble! They still haven't found Taloa's sisters. They still may have giants on their hands. Now there is something worse than the giants about to attack. Dragons? And they are all in trouble with their parents.
3. I usually don't care about cussing in books but because these are for such younger kids I don't like that they used "hell
Oct 26, 2014 Jon added it
After reading _10______ pages of _a giant problem (beyond the spider wick chronicles)_ (title) by __ (author), I
chose to read it for my second book report. I chose to not read it for my book report
because _it didn't really even resemble the movie of the spider wick__. Another reason I chose to not
read this book was because _it seemed like to short of a book_. Lastly, I thought
_this book probably wouldn't be as good to read in my opinion_. Because of these reasons, I
rated the book __3_____
Jun 24, 2009 Bhindman rated it liked it
I keep looking for signs of Giants in my backyard and can only find mounds of tall grass and weeds.
Cait (Paper Fury)
I had a giant problem with this book. And it's ALL my fault. But how was I to know there was a "Beyond The Spiderwick Chronicles" as well as a "The Spiderwick Chronicles"?? I picked up books 1 and 2 at my library...not realising they were TWO DIFFERENT SERIES. I spent the entire time reading this book thinking, "Huh? Who the heck are these people? Where are Jared/Simon/Mallory? What's going on?" And feeling really stupid, because I assumed all the nine-year-olds of the world who read it would kn ...more
Jan 17, 2009 Janeen-san rated it really liked it
This book is absolutely amazing. I can barely contain my awe. I am so glad that Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black wrote Beyond the Spiderwick Cronicles. I love Tony's illustrations, they are wonderful and extremly lifelike. I can't say which book I love more, The Nixie's Song or A Giant Problem. They were both extremly clever and well-written and exciting and breathtaking. I really liked that some of the people and all of of the places were real.
In the dramatic sequel to The Nixie's Song; A Giant
Die Geschichte beginnt damit, dass Nick und Laurie von Black Jack unterrichtet werden. Währenddessen überlegen die beiden, wie man mehr Kinder „rekrutieren“ könnte. An einem Abend kommt Black Jack zu Nick und Laurie nach Hause und nimmt sie mit sich in den Wald. Dort beobachten sie, wie zwei Riesen miteinander kämpfen. Black Jack schafft es nicht, den zu Boden gegangenen Riesen zu töten, da er bisher immer nur schlafende Riesen umgebracht hat, und wird von diesem verletzt. Wenig später sehen Nic
Jan 13, 2011 Alyssa rated it liked it
This book continues the problems of Nicholas and Laurie Vargas when they find out that the mythical giants are now waking up and are going to cause the destruction of Florida by burning everything up. As the family is living in a hotel because their house was burned by one of the giants, they find a giant hunter named Jack who tries to train them against the giants. They find a way of getting rid of the giants on the land by luring them to the ocean. They do this by getting a different fish for ...more
Trevor Pilcher
Feb 22, 2012 Trevor Pilcher rated it really liked it
This book was really good I liked it. This story is about a sister and a brother that fight giants and other monsters. The brothers name is Nick he is a kind of boy that likes to play video games a lot. The sisters name is Laurie she loves to be around the faries and other monster and things. They have a friend that taught them every thing about the creaters and he is my favorite character in the story his name is Jack.The reason is that I dont rate this book all the way is that in the first on ...more
Jan 03, 2014 George rated it it was ok
The story was pretty good, maybe not quite as good as the original series, but entertaining nonetheless. I'm still not happy with some of the more negative elements of the story, like the lying and killing/hunting giants, but I'm still holding out hope that these issues will be resolved in a positive manner. I just wish it could be resolved in one book rather than spread across three books, leaving the impression that these things are acceptable throughout most of the overall story.


Tracy Terry
Jan 18, 2012 Tracy Terry rated it it was ok
This is the tale of Noseemum Jack, an elderly, now blind destroyer of giants, who along with Nick, his brother, Jules, their stepsister, Laurie, and Jules' girlfriend, Cindy set out to find and destroy the giants that are about to wake up and cause mass devastation.

Not just about giants though, the story also tells of the part several other mythological creatures have to play and quite frankly it is their part that I found far more interesting.

Intended for those aged 7+ I chose to read this for
Feb 06, 2013 Cemeread added it
Shelves: chapter-book
Nick Vargas and his stepsister Laurie are the main characters once again. Older brother Jules helps out some this time. You will need to have read book 1, Nixie's Song, before reading this book. There is no explanation to catch you up on what happened in book 1. Actually, having waited a while for the book to come in, it took me a couple pages to remember and figure out what was going on. If you are hoping for a connection to the Grace family you won't find it until the very end (as in the last ...more
Natalie Manahan
Sep 21, 2011 Natalie Manahan rated it really liked it
This book is FAR better than the first one and starts right where book 1 leaves off. The one down side of reading a series and writing this review for books 1 and 2 while on book 3 is that I'm having to be very careful I don't get what happens in one book mixed up with another. One of the nice things here is that Nick, Laurie, and Jules get more fleshed out as characters.

By the end of the book I really CARED about them. Here the trio learn about the giants from Noseeum Jack and eventually have
Oct 24, 2008 Kevin rated it really liked it
I will confess that I enjoy reading young adult fiction and even chapter books. There is something about the creativity when combined with the illustrations that I find enjoyable and entertaining. They are super quick reads and a great way to sort of cleanse your mental pallet.

One such series I have enjoyed is The Spiderwick Chronicles. The five books in that series were a hit and they even made a movie based on the story. Rather than keep that series going, however, author illustrator combo Hol
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the follow-up to the Spiderwick Chronicles; Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles. I liked it better than the first book. I began to emphathize with the characters a bit more. It was much more interesting than the first book. Unlike the first book, this book left the story in a decent place. The main point of the book is wrapped up, yet there is a little catch at the end that leads you to the third book. The book is well-written and the drawings are again excellent. Still i ...more
Steven R. McEvoy
Just when I thought this series could not get any better, man does it ever. The Vargas kids are back in a mess with fantastical creatures. The Giants, as predicted, are indeed waking up and as they fight for territory they are leaving a swath of destruction behind them. Jarod and Laurie are not on their own this time; Laurie tricked their older brother into carrying around a 4 leaf clover, and now he can see the creatures also. But they don't believe the adults will believe them, and they need t ...more
Sep 24, 2015 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, e-book, audiobook
I think this might have been the best book I've read out of the seven I've read so far from the Spiderwick world. Okay listened to, not really read but it's the same story. That ending!!! WOW! The action is definitely intense in this second novel of Beyond The Spiderwick Chronicles. I could really gush about this one for a while, but I'm honestly more interested in seeing how this all turns out. Highly recommended.
Nadine Maigatter
Feb 29, 2016 Nadine Maigatter rated it really liked it
Es geht weiter in dem Kampf mit den Riesen . Immer noch versuchen die Geschwister die Riesen zu vernichten.
Ich habe mich bei der reihe mit den Rezis zurück gehalten, den wenn ich da was zu schreiben verrate ich zu viel.
Ich finde die Geschichte immer noch toll, ein band hab ich noch dann ist sie vorbei.
Es ist mit mega viel Fantasy vollgepackt, auch diesmal.sind Riesen, Nixen usw mit dabei um den Geschwistern das leben schwer u machen.
Was toll ist das duch das ganze geschehen die Geschwister imme
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Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones,The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in J ...more
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