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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
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Hardcover, 107 pages
Published October 2003 by Scholastic inc (first published 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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Patrick
Aug 14, 2015 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading these books for the second time. But it's been years since I picked them up, and it's the first time I'm reading them with my son. And both of those things make a huge difference to my experience.

First, and perhaps most importantly, my little boy likes them. He's about five an a half, which is younger than the target age for these books, but he's into them.

(In the interest of full disclosure, Oot isn't the most critical of readers at this point in his life. He pretty much likes all
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Bangadybangz
Mar 14, 2016 Bangadybangz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun little book! Short and sweet, quirky and magical, loved it! I've always been a fan of anything to do with fairies and folklore, so I'm definitely pumped to delve more into this exciting world!
Rachel
Mar 24, 2008 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Becky
Just your typical 'move into an old creepy house, weird stuff starts happening, one of the kids gets blamed, and then they find a book that explains the existence of fairies/faeries/fey which solves their problems... while at the same time causing many more problems'.

Happens every day.

Also, I'm no expert in the sport of fencing, but I'm pretty sure that they don't call the weapon a sword, and someone who is serious about fencing, as Mallory apparently is, would know that.

I think that this boo
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Taylor Knight

I read the Spiderwick Chronicles back when I was quite young, maybe eight or nine. My sister and I read the crap out these books (we must have read them 15 times, no joke) and I've been wanting to revist this series and the wonderful fantasy world that Holly and Tony created for awhile now but I've finally gotten around to it.

The writing partnership of Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi is remarkable and this series is by far some of the most well written literature that I've ever read.

The three ma
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Kristina
Mar 21, 2015 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading and loving this book when I was 10 or 11years old. So when I saw it in one of my local charity shops I immediately bought it. I definitely don't regret it. I think I loved it just as much as my child self. Maybe because I am such a huge fan of all things paranormal.
I like that there are drawings throughout the book which are absolutely gorgeous by the way. :)
It follows the adventure of two brothers and a sister into the magical world right beside the house they live in. Ther
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Reem Alkhalaf
Mar 21, 2017 Reem Alkhalaf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ممتعة لأقصى حد انتهيت منها بأقل من ساعتين

المراجعة ستكون عند انتهائي من الجزء الخامس والأخير منها
P
Aug 08, 2015 P rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
เดียวนีกลายเปนคนชอบอานหนังสือเดกทีมีภาพประกอบไปแลว สำหรับสไปเดอรวิกนีเคยดูหนังเมือหลายปีกอน ชอบนะ พอมาอานแลวรูสึกวาหนังสือนีเลาเรืองแบบกระชับมาก ไมยืดเยือ ภาพประกอบกสวย ใหอารมณลึกลับนาติดตาม ติดแคตรงเนือเรืองเลมแรกสันมาก เปนการปูพืนไปเลมตอๆไป แตอานแลวติดใจจนตองหยิบเลมตอขึนมาอานทันที

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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
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George Jankovic
Dec 02, 2016 George Jankovic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this book for kids (8-11). It's spooky at times as you follow two twin boys and their sister in a creepy, old house.

Enjoy!
Anne
Very cute! I can see why kids like them. I'm sure I'll end up buying the complete set for mine!
Gretchen
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
Brooke
Aug 05, 2015 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
This had everything a children's book should have: imagination. This was really great!
Cait • A Page with a View
I might be out of the target age range for this series just a wee bit buuuuut better late than never.
Peter Monn
Oct 19, 2016 Peter Monn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book so much. Can't wait to read the rest of the series. Check out my review on my booktube channel at http://YouTube.com/peterlikesbooks
Jennifer
Dec 15, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lemony Snicket Fans
Shelves: ya, 2005, 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
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Martin
Nov 20, 2016 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Обожавам тази поредица! Това са книгите, които ме накараха да обичам четенето, затова са и толкова специални за мен :)
Marit
I needed one more fantasy and this book was sitting on my brothers book shelves. So I said to myself just read it what's the worst that could happen. Anyways I watched the movie as a child and got extremely scared of it. I don't remember why I just did. This is a great example of a fantasy book that I don't hate. I read this all tonight as soon as I got home and ended up liking it. What a shock I like a fantasy book. 😂
It had realistic people with hints of fantasy in it. But you weren't constant
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Cait (Paper Fury)
I read this for research purposes. I'm pretty sure a boggart is stealing my left socks. OKAY, NO. That's not why I'm researching it! I want to write children's books, and mine turn out too weird, so I thought I'd read more children's books and get a hang of the voice and style. This was an epic example. (It can't be more then 10K, right?) I really enjoyed it. I've watched the movie, and the first book is...what? The first 20 minutes of the movie?! It's such an adorably cute book! But now I'm imp ...more
Christina
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Stefan Yates
Feb 01, 2012 Stefan Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-room
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
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Pepper
Mar 25, 2008 Pepper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Courtney
Aug 30, 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.

This was such a great start to what I can imagine will be a very strange and chaotic adventure for Jared, Simon, and Mallory! Short, simple, and to the point, I cannot wait to dive into the rest of the books. I feel it will n
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Heidi Elmore
Sep 24, 2007 Heidi Elmore rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Reddish
Mar 24, 2016 Reddish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Debo decir, sin vergüenza alguna, que soy muy fan de la película Las Crónicas de Spiderwick. Es por eso mismo que he decidido leer los libros. De momento la cosa me está gustando bastante. Las ilustraciones le dan un toque fantástico a la historia. Ya explicaré qué me ha parecido la saga en general en el último tomo, puesto a que son bastante cortitos, y no creo que tarde mucho en leerlos todos.
Amy
Jul 01, 2016 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and quick read.
Veronica
My daughter kept telling me to read this series and so I finally tried one. It is an okay read but not as good as I expected but then again, it is book one and my expectations were greatly heightened. It does sound like a promising series so I will be trying book two.
JosueCimarrron
Mar 18, 2017 JosueCimarrron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La verdad si tengo cosas que decir de este libro pero me las quiero guardar para el blog pero le voy a contar que me gusto mucho,tiene cosas muy fantásticas y unos personajes que te encariñas muy rápido, pero lo mejor del libro es la narrativa por qué estar narrado un libro por dos autores es muy difícil para que el lector no sé de cuenta cuando un autor cambia a otro y en este libro sientes que los dos son uno mismo y no logras identificar cuál es cuál y eso es uno de los mejores puntos del lib ...more
Lucy Ghost
English review at bottom!

Esto fue una pasada. Me había rehusado a leer los libros de Spiderwick por la mala fama que tuvo la película. Pero un día, iba por un centro comercial y vi los primeros dos en oferta. Por los compré.
Tú dirás: "Ay, esta sí tiene dinero que compra todos los libros que ve". No, pasa raras veces.
Como sea, tenía un libro pendiente así que no lo leí hasta que terminé el anterior, y cuando lo hice, literalmente, lo leí en 15 minutos. Es extremadamente corto. Cortísimo. Pero lin
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The Spiderwick Chronicles (5 books)
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