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Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You (The Spiderwick Chronicles - Companion Books)

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  4,356 Ratings  ·  164 Reviews
It all began with a strange, mysterious correspondence left for authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black at a small New England bookstore. Written by three siblings, the letter told of their great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick and an unfinished tome filled with eyewitness accounts of creatures otherwise thought to be the stuff of legend. In the #1 New York Times bestselling ...more
Hardcover, 142 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2004)
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Steven R. McEvoy
This book, the Arthur Spiderwick Field guide, is lovingly restored and organized by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. The creatures from the fantastical world around us have been organized by habitat and then alphabetically. It has 28 plates and hundreds of illustrations, with fold-out pages and flip-up pages for even larger illustrations. Each creature's main illustrations list its scale. With lots of side notes and addendums, this is a wonderful book that the young and young at heart can return ...more
Davienne Bejan
Feb 24, 2016 Davienne Bejan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was beautiful. It was beautifully writing and had gorgeous artwork in it. Very well written, enjoyed the scientific way it was presented. The parts that were printed in Arthur's hand writing were difficult to read at first but by the end of the book I had no trouble with it. I enjoyed this book immensely. It was informative by itself and it gave more insight to the creatures from The Spiderwick Chronicles. It was nice to learn more about the creatures we encountered there. I just loved ...more
Really informative! One of the best books about magical creatures I've ever found. There are never many good ones. I really admire and respect Arthur Spiderwick for his research and the risks he took.
The page about changelings was particularly interesting. I think it might explain some things about my brother. How can I find out more? The last book I managed to find about a changeling was only about a girl and her boyfriend.
"A gorgeous book, and fantastic companion to The Spiderwick Chronicles. It's a bit of a misnomer to call it a companion, though, as this is the book that started it all (even if it was published afterwards). The novels are more like an introduction for this book![return][return]I love that it's not only a bestiary (with beautiful illustrations), but that the beasts described within are somewhat unusual. Yes, there is a unicorn, but it doesn't exactly look like a horse with a horn on its head. On ...more
Nov 25, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
I absolutely love Tony DiTerlizzi's illustrations, even as a teenager I find them wonderfully breathtaking and glorious. I cannot imagine what I would have thought of them as a child, I probably would have been completely flabbergasted. The creatures in this book are very interesting and you can't help but be sucked into this book, completely forgetting where you are, but instead, being immersed in this world, with all sorts of thoughts running around your head. This book was inspiring, it made ...more
Feb 13, 2009 Hobbit rated it it was amazing
I've only read the first of the chronicles but this book is wonderful, such amazing images and witty descriptions. it's the kind of book I'd have poured over for hours as a child. and one I'll definately be having in my class.
it's a great book to use for inspiration for all sorts of character creation activities in literacy.

I have grand ideas of reading the books as read aloud books, whilst looking at the topic of myths and legends and then linking it all to a nice activity of getting the childr
Oct 20, 2014 Claire rated it it was ok
Shelves: 520fantasy-scifi
This picture book is a wonderful guide to the characters and species of the book series Spiderwick Chronicles. It provides a window into the world and fantastical characters developed. There are lovely pictures as well as description and insight into the characters. Also, the book features journal pages from Authur Spiderwick and visits from some other series characters.

The pictures are a nice mix of watercolor paint and sketches and pencil drawings. The watercolor landscape gives a "real feel"
Jun 06, 2016 Ariel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit, I've had this book for years and never read it. I originally bought this book when I was still a big fan of "The Spiderwiick Chronicles". That's not to say I don't still like the series, it's just lost it's touch for me. I've grown out of this series, so it was nice to be able to go back and read something that I used to be a big fan of. I will admit, this book wasn't quite as exciting or thrilling for me as it would have been had I read it when I was younger, but it's still a decent ...more
Monet St. Louis
Jun 20, 2012 Monet St. Louis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, general-fantasy
i love this book! i have had it since gr.12 in high school so ... 5 years? it shows its wear, but the art is so organic and beautiful i love it! the descriptions for each creature still intrigue me to read and believe. i often reference this book when reading fantasy novels that don't give descriptions of the creatures.

wish they would write another 'guide' with more 'fantastical creatures'.
Katy Jane
Apr 06, 2014 Katy Jane rated it it was amazing
2. I learned to much about faeries. I feel like a have a better hold on the fantastical world around me now.
3. The book is great to expand a child's vocabulary. Not only with the names of the faeries but other words the authors use in the book. I even looked up a few words.
4. The pictures are beautiful and fantastic.
5. I've been observing the world around me and looking everywhere for signs of faeries.
6. I own all of the first Spiderwick Chronicles series but I wish I owned this boo
Sep 13, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
My daughter checked this out from the library and told me I should read it. I thought it was a great book and perfect for the target audience or anyone who enjoyed the Spiderwick book. It had very good illustrations and I liked how the information about all the fairy was given. Very cute book.
Aug 08, 2012 Rhica rated it it was amazing
I have read this book over fifty times and I never get tired of it. The illustrations are magnificent and intricately wrought. The details about each creature are fascinating, and sometimes I really do believe these creatures exist.
Regina Hunter
Jul 07, 2010 Regina Hunter rated it it was amazing
Love the art work, extended flip pages. This book is not only for children, but for adults to remember their childhood and to share some fantasy and magic with the world.
Jack Keely
Mar 12, 2016 Jack Keely rated it it was amazing
Shelves: illustration
Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black (author of the intriguing WHITE CAT) have crafted this dazzling gem of a book as a companion piece to their wonderful SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES. Gorgeous pen and watercolor images are complemented by cleverly crafted newspaper clippings, memos, and other enchanting ephemera. Tony DiTerlizzi's knowledge of graphic design history, typography, calligraphy, and nature drawing are evident in these images, as is his astonishing imagination. This is a gorgeously conceived, d ...more
Oct 16, 2011 Lynette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-editions
Tony DiTerlizzi is a master illustrator. All these books are worth having for his artistry alone. They are imaginitive, fun and wonderfully magical.
Brooke Linder
Apr 26, 2016 Brooke Linder added it
Shelves: 1
I thought this book was very informational and very non realistic.What I enjoy about this book is that it tells you things that you would see in a fairy tail such as Griffins and goblins faeries and much more.It includes detail that you would see in an actual journal such as pictures,side notes in the margins,letters.The author took a lot of time and effort into making this book for his readers which personally I truly respect.I think I was entertained by this book in a different amount of ways ...more
Kenna *F*cking wiff the DJ*
Nov 13, 2011 Kenna *F*cking wiff the DJ* rated it it was amazing
Love it,

Own it,

Bought it,

Couldn't live without it....

End of story...
Jan 24, 2016 Rebekah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it as a part of the Spiderwick series, which I very much enjoyed and would recommend to all young readers. This book was a bit more of an interactive book, where one was supposed to write down notes and draw pictures, but seeing as I read a library copy I couldn't do that. Nonetheless, there are stories in here relating to each of the various creatures in the Spiderwick tales, as told by random children who've had encounters with them, and the stories themselves are very good. I would recom ...more
Sep 11, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
Definitely a cool "reference" book--the detail of the artwork and the layering of old letters and news clippings gave it a very "scrap-book" feel, which was perfect. Not a book I'd recommend for a fun read-through, though, as it's quite detailed and there aren't as many stories as there could be to personalize it and make it a "fun" read. Very scientific, just as Arthur would have preferred. It's one I'd love to own, though, because the amount of research that went into the information is truly ...more
Sannie Hald
Sep 11, 2013 Sannie Hald rated it really liked it
This is so cute!
Dec 06, 2011 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: artists/appreciators of fantasy art, children, or anyone who enjoys field guides to the imaginary.
I received this book as a Christmas gift from a family friend soon after the film was released. I was slightly skeptical at first, as I hadn't read the books when I discovered them in high school on the basis that they seemed a too juvenile- though I was quite sure I would have enjoyed the books very much as a child. However, when I began leafing through the book I fell utterly in love. The illustrations are gorgeous, detailed and very imaginative, many seem to me to be entirely unique, wonderfu ...more
Susan Marcus
Aug 18, 2016 Susan Marcus rated it really liked it
Like Froud and Jones' The Goblins of Labyrinth and other wonderful 'field guides' to fantasy creatures, the Spiderwick Guide offers fanciful illustrations rich in detail and humor. If only the text were as rich. As in the Potter series accessory books, this field guide serves to amplify the Spiderwick Chronicles, I imagine. Now I'll have to read them, too, to understand the context and behaviors of those creatures in situ. I did enjoy the use of fonts that brought to life the guide's documentati ...more
As I've previously noted, I've been working my way through my collection of fantasy reference books. Of my collection, this one took me the longest to read so far. However, that's because there is so very much information contained inside it. It also has some really amazing artwork. It's a companion to the Spiderwick Chronicles series (which inspired a movie that I never got a chance to watch). Reading this book makes me want to look up the other books in this universe. I also think that, with i ...more
Jul 01, 2015 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I accessed this book through my local public library.
The watercolors; Heavens to Murgatroid, these illustrations are beautiful.
Any writing is simply icing on the tasty cake that is this book. Though it should be noted that the writing itself is in genius little snippets easily read aloud or skipped through. I also liked all the little nods throughout to the original author's mysterious disappearance and how the work was continued.
Samantha Robbins
Aug 25, 2016 Samantha Robbins rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book, filled with fantastic illustrations and interesting ideas. This book is great for anyone who enjoys fantasy illustrations, and the format of the book brings you into another world. This book is great for people of any age, and has several enjoyable aspects. Children will be inspired to go out and find fairy trees while adults might be brought to a new world by the realistic and creative drawings.
Oct 28, 2015 Jack rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ms-f
Illustrations inspired by the style of Arthur Rackham, Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You is great both as a standalone or a complement to the Spiderwick Chronicles books.
Sep 06, 2015 Bridget rated it really liked it
I think I would have adored the series as a young girl, but even reading this field guide was a pleasant way to spend an hour at my age (29). The illustrations are stunning, and I enjoy those books that employ the Magic School Bus Method of cluttering the pages with all sorts of useful bits and bobs.
Feb 12, 2010 Barbara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who liked the Spiderwick Chronicles
This book was a beautiful companion to the Spiderwick Chronicles. It is a reproduction of Arthur Spiderwick's field guide with detailed notes and drawings of the fantastical creatures of faerie.

The reason I gave it only four stars is because there were many fold out pages that easily get tattered. The fold our pages are slightly smaller than all the other pages and so they easily try to fall open and the edges get beat up. I was using a library copy and library books take all kinds of abuse, but
Beth Mosier
We bought this book for the illustrations, which are beautifully done. While I can't really comment to the work as far as the writing, it was just what I was looking for as far as the illistrations.
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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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The Spiderwick Chronicles - Companion Books (4 books)
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