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The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles #1)

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bThe Barnes Noble Review/bbrThree curious kids discover a world of brownies, fairies, and other fantastic creatures in this ultra-enchanting launch to Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black's Spiderwick Chronicles.p

When the three Grace children -- Mallory, Jared, and Simon -- and their mom move into Aunt Lucinda's old house, readers know there's magic afoot. The kids uncover a ne
Hardcover, 107 pages
Published October 2003 by Scholastic inc (first published January 1st 2003)
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Danielle Swift I am a 4th grade teacher and I have this series in my library. It's written at exactly a 4th grade level and my students love to read it. I have a…moreI am a 4th grade teacher and I have this series in my library. It's written at exactly a 4th grade level and my students love to read it. I have a pair of students who have read all the way to book 4 so far. The plot isn't scary and is full of lots of magic that they enjoy. Both boys and girls seem to enjoy the series equally. (less)
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Everything about the packaging and promotion of this book is delightful...the title, the mysterious notes obscuring the back cover synopses, the inclusion of a letter from the three children protagonists to the author. All of that is very nice, but after reading the first installment, I can't help but feel a little robbed.

First of all, and forgive me for this, I can't help comparing the books to a more cleverly written and altogether smarter series, Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Eve
Jackie "the Librarian"
Fairies are DANGEROUS. And they don't want you to know about them. I love that this book takes the question of fairies and brownies and pixies seriously, it gives this story its power. I love the setting: the rambling old house out in the country, the secret room, the shadowy feeling that something is watching...
And I love the format of this series, with the uneven edges to the pages, the small size of the books. They just feel cool.
This is the first book of the series, and it starts off strong
Dec 15, 2008 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lemony Snicket Fans
Shelves: 2005, ya, fantasy, adventure
The First book in a series of Five.

The story is about the Grace Children: Mallory who is 13 and the 9 year-old twins Jared and Simon. When their father leaves the family, mom and the kids move into the Spiderwick estate - a large crumbling mansion that they inherited from their “crazy” Aunt. The house is big enough for Mallory to practice her fencing, Simon to keep his stray animals he loves and for Jared to ....well... mostly just be pissed off. He isn’t handling the whole abandonment thing re
Heidi Elmore
Sep 24, 2007 Heidi Elmore rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children and fanciful people :)
I love this book. It is a childrens book and I read it in one day, but it was a great escape. I have a feeling the other ones in this series will be good as well.

Something to look for in the book: between some of the paragraphs there are little black figures of different fairies and they create an optical illusion - as you read and concentrate on one line, when you switch to another line, or look around the room or whatnot, it looks like there are little farie outlines. This had to have been in
As I said in an earlier comment, I love the size and feel of this small book. That may sound an odd comment, but I am a book lover of the real deal books, not electronic ones. I love books you can hold in your hands, feel and smell the paper, books you can caress. It's just such a lovely size; I could hold it in one hand whilst I read. Even the fonts captured me. This is the sort of book that I would have cherished as a young girl, collecting all of the series and placing them in a special spot ...more
Karen Syed
Mar 10, 2008 Karen Syed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves fantasy
Recommended to Karen by:
Shelves: kids
Since the book is very short I truly expected to find the typical kid's fantasy, I was disappointed. I mean it is a kid's fantasy, but it is so much more. Take a few words, sprinkle in some charm, and add numerous awesome illustrations and you have an excellent book. Getting to know the Grace kids in "The Spiderwick Chronicles" is going to be so much more than an adventure.

If I had to pick one element of "The Field Guide" I don't think I could. The kids are kids, with problems and personalities
Stefan Yates
I wasn't too sure what I was getting into when I started this book and I must say that I was much more than pleasantly surprised. The story centers on a mother and her three children, a set of twins and their older sister, who have just moved into the old dilapidated house that has been in the family for years. Very soon after moving in, strange occurrences begin to happen and the children dedicate themselves to solving the mystery.

This is a well written introduction to the series and the style
This is the first chapter book I have started to read with my six year old son. He truly enjoys the story and with the help of the descriptions the authors give, he is learning to "imagine" the story in his head. The beautiful illustrations scattered throughout the book help to keep him interested as well. My eight year old nephew also loves reading this series on his own.
I feel it is a wonderful story. The first book sets the stage and gives lots of background information. The length of the boo
Aug 31, 2008 Jess rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids looking for a fun set of chapter books
Recommended to Jess by: fantasy class reading
Shelves: fantasy, juniors, z_08
Along with their recently divorced and broke mom, twins Jared (9) and Simon and sister Mallory (13) move into a decrepit Victorian house that holds all sorts of mysteries and creatures.

Fun, good characters, and excellent illustrations.

I glanced at some of the comments here and plenty of people seem to be finding fault with the fact that the book is short. Well, it's a chapter book; it ought to be short. I'm not a fan of books whose endings are little more than a set up for the next book (it's ch
Un peu rapide, mais un premier tome qui m'a bien plu ^^
Rickella Griffiths
The Spiderwick chronicle is a series of adventure books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. I first heard about these chronicles whilst teaching a year 4 class, we read the first book in the series (The field guide) as part of an on going project in literacy. The children were thoroughly intrigued by the mysterious, creepy plot, which captivated their minds and provided a great stimulus for their work on imaginary settings. The story involved thirteen-year-old Mallory and her nine-year-old twin ...more
More of a 3.5ish.

This was a very quick and enjoyable read! However I felt like not a lot happened in it and what did went down didn't really interest me. I wanted to give it a higher rating but I just couldn't. I still think this book is worth reading though and I will probably be picking up the next instalment in the series.
อานแลวสงสาร ‘จาเรด เกรซ’ จังเลย กลายเปนคนผิดทังๆ ทีไมรูอิโหนอิเหน แตบอกไปแลวใครจะเชือเลา วาเรืองวุนๆ ทังหมดนัน เปนฝีมือ xxx ขีโมโห~ ...more
Brandon Gilbert
These books go by really quickly, which is both good and bad. They don't take long, which makes them good for just a quick read or if you need to catch up on a read-a-thon or your GoodReads challenge, but there also isn't much of the story in any one book.

I would suggest buying the bind up of this series if you're interested in reading these books and don't already own them. The story is really good (for a middle grade book obviously), but it's really split up do to each book being so short.
Jonathan Guzman
The Field Guide is a funny book. The story took place in an old style Victorian house. In the book it was described as many shacks stacked on top of each other. The point of view for this story is from a third person prospective. The characters for this book is a young boy named Jared Grace who is kind of a trouble maker since his dad left. His identical twin brother Simon Grace who loves animals. And his sister Mallory Grace who loves fencing. The Grace family moves in an old creepy house beca ...more
Angela Twidwell
When Simon, Jared, Mallory, and their mother move into Aunt Lucindas old house, many unimaginable things begin to conspire. The find a nest in the walls of their house belonging to a small creature named Thimbletack. Soon they find the field guide, which teaches them of all the new and exciting creatures they will learn about and discover living in this house. But they must live with caution and haste because there is an evil that lurks nearby and only time will tell when they will come face to ...more
Dolly Lwin
I'm currently starting number 2 but I kinda am pausing...(I'm going to start soon enough). XD
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The Book started and the book ended.

A very little book I would say, and for very ignorant audience, the story ends before it could start! Almost nothing happen in the book and that made me sad.

The story is about three siblings and how they discovered the magic/faeries in their world. But even the discovery itself was too insignificant!

Many things happened too simply, and felt like that a few things were on writers mind and she didn't explain. Perhaps more of explanations and detailed story li
Edgar Caro
Este es de esos libros que uno, a esta edad, hubiera deseado que le leyeran de niño ya que se habrían despertado esos sentimientos de intriga hacia los mundos mágicos y sobrenaturales, más de lo normal.
A veces pensamos que los libros infantiles ya no son para una edad como la mía (más allá de los 15), pero sin lugar a dudas, ese pensamiento es de los más erróneos porque se pueden seguir disfrutando de la misma forma.
Los autores de este libro son unos auténticos genios, ya que llevan a la "realid
Cheyenne Cumber
In this book a family of four moves from their home to a relative’s house, but what they do not see is a secret world. The entire book is based on the three Grace children trying to uncover the secret of the little creatures that roam around there new home.Their search brings them to a secret library, in an upstairs room. In this room there is “The Field Guide”, which has a diagram of all the creatures in the house. Even though all the efforts of a certain brownie go unnoticed and the children o ...more
Amanda (BookMuffins)
I've been meaning to read more stories by Holly Black, especially after my meh feelings for White Cat. And the start of the Spiderwick Chronicles really disproved my budding dislike for Holly Black's writing. It was such a fun, quick read! The illustrations were fantastic, the writing was great and the story itself was really intriguing and eerie. I even found myself feeling scared at times. It was very enjoyable and I think it may have gotten me out of a reading slump. I would really like to co ...more
I originally read The Spiderwick Chronicles when they were first published a few years ago but since I've been on such a childrens literature kick of late I thought it was time for a reread.

The first volume, The Field Guide is a tiny 107 pages with a ton of beautiful illustrations thrown in so it takes nearly no time to get through. Despite their evidential lack of content I find this series just so utterly charming.

The Field Guide begins out story with the introduction of the Grace children. Tw
I read this book with my son as part of his summer reading, and I asked him to describe the book for my review. He responded that this is a book that is difficult to describe. He liked the mystery, and really enjoyed how the whimsical illustrations supported elements of the narrative. He also said that this book would be perfect for fourth and fifth graders.

I have read many reviews in which readers have complained that this book is very short, and part of a series of five books that feel more l
Morgane G
The Graces are a relatively average family. Jared and Simon, the youngest kids, are twins, and their older sister Mallory is a champion fencer. Their mom supports them, and they’re a typical one parent family. However, when they’re uprooted from their New York apartment and thrown into a countryside estate, things begin to go a bit haywire. Although Jared, the main character of the book, is not familiar with the sounds of the countryside, he knows that the scuttling he hears in the walls at nig ...more
Amber Harrison
I first read The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide a couple of years ago. My mum had bought it for my brother to try and encourage him to read but I don’t think he ever did read it. Even though the book was probably for a much younger audience than me, I enjoyed it. I just reread it as I’m attempting to read through all my books and deciding which to keep and which to get rid of. I think I’m going to keep this as I do still enjoy it and feel that it’s the sort of book that I could pass down ...more
Gorgeous illustrations help carry the shortcomings in the storytelling. There are other wittier, more engaging series out there about 3 children left to problem-solve on their own in a spooky old house, but Spiderwick is perfect for the pre-Lemony Snickett crowd.

This particular installment is touted as a "field guide" but it's really not much more than an introduction to the Grace children, the Spiderwick world, and the mysteries they'll be unraveling next. It felt like the authors broke a long
Angela Bailey
Title / Author / Publication Date:
The Spiderwick Chronicles: Book One - The Field Guide. / Holly Black. / 2003.

Genre: Juvenile Fantasy Fiction.

Format: Book - print. 144 pages.

Plot summary:
"When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences" (NoveList).

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
adventure, brother and sister relationships, moving, new h
The first entry to the Spiderwick Chronicles is a short book with very little story at all. To be blunt, there is very little in the way of character development and a whole lot in the way of excessive descriptive padding. Each of the character's has quirks that make them unique and identifiable, except for Jared, the protagonist, who has very little that makes him special. Both his mother and sister are needlessly rude and easily dislikable characters who should probably be hauled off by child ...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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Other Books in the Series

The Spiderwick Chronicles (5 books)
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  • 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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