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El Anteojo Asombroso

(The Spiderwick Chronicles #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  38,494 ratings  ·  1,414 reviews
With their "true story" setup and breathless warnings "Go away/close the book/put it down/do not look," the Spiderwick Chronicles series contains an intensely absorbing world of mystery, faeries, and imagination. Each book is irresistibly appealing, providing snappy plot progression, and dozens of imaginative pen-and-ink drawings.

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Paperback, 108 pages
Published March 28th 2005 by Ediciones B (first published May 1st 2003)
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Tara Calaby You might need to take a break in the middle, but I think I would have liked them a lot at six. There's some fairly scary content in this one, though,…moreYou might need to take a break in the middle, but I think I would have liked them a lot at six. There's some fairly scary content in this one, though, so it would depend a bit on how he handles that kind of thing. (less)
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Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Today my son caught my eye, then pointed conspiratorially to his sweat pants. Then he pointed to his shirt.

It took me a moment to realize that he was wearing all his clothes inside out. Because that's one of the ways you keep yourself safe from faerie magic.

So yeah. It think it's safe to say that these books have had an impact on him.

Ahmad Sharabiani
The Seeing Stone (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #2), Tony DiTerlizzi
The Seeing Stone was published alongside the first book in May 2003. After the Grace children ignore Thimbletack's warning to destroy the Guide, Simon is abducted by a group of goblins who live in the woods surrounding the house. Thimbletack leads Jared and Mallory to the old carriage house where they find a "seeing stone" (a stone with a natural hole in it) which gives the wearer, in this case Jared, the ability to see faeries (ca
Iben Frederiksen

These books are such sweet, magical and quick reads.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
1.) The Field Guide ★★★
2.) The Seeing Stone ★★.5



[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


didn't enjoy this one nearlllyyyy as much as the first. I wanted more spooky mansion stuff! probs won't continue on with the series ><

trigger warnings: injured and dead animals (goblins like to eat cats ><)
MissBecka Gee
I am loving all the cute voices Mark Hamill does for these!
Oct 15, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are cute. It's really stupid that they come as short little nothing stories, though. All five of these would probably add up to half of one novel, so why they're separate is either a poor artistic choice or a really transparent way to make a buck. ...more
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
Jenny Baker
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad that the rest of the series was available on Overdrive! I didn't have to wait to continue the series! ...more
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, full review to come.
Michael Sorbello
Things get weirder and a helluva lot more dark for the Grace kids when Simon gets kidnapped by a pack of bloodthirsty goblins. One thing I really loved about this one is how disturbing the monster designs are. They look like something you would see in a 18+ dark fantasy manga, not a kid friendly adventure story. There were also scenes where the goblins cooked cats alive over a fire while making Simon watch as they planned to cook him alive next. Surprisingly brutal and scary for the age rating a ...more
Faseeh Ilahi
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Another five star read of the day. This was even more better and scary than the first one. It had Griffins, goblins, trolls and faeries in it and I freaking adore this book.
Mindy Conde
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Again, a fun and enjoyable little read. I'm a little irritated by some of these reviewers who are being so harsh about these books; the big complaint that it is just too short, that all of them could have been strung together into a single novel, I understand a bit, but disagree with. I think we're forgetting the audience here: children, young readers! I think this is perfect for them. It is short enough to not be intimidating, but long enough to resolve the story with some humor and messages to ...more
Jul 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series. It's very exciting - there's adventure and fantasy. However, I think it can be really scary for kids. Especially the part of the goblins in the woods with jagged teeth and long claws that eat cats & dogs and drag small children off into the woods. I think you really have to know your child's tolerance for "creepy" before you let them read this book. But a great series so far... ...more
Peter Monn
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Check out my full review on my booktube channel at ...more
Himanshu Karmacharya
The Grace siblings go on yet another fun filled adventure. When Simon is kidnapped by goblins, Mallory and Jacob join forces to rescue him. They meet new friends and make unlikely allies. The book is mostly plot driven, but it is great to see the siblings getting along.
C.G. Drews
I'm totally reading these books for research...not because they're awesome and cute and magical and really fun. *ahem* Okay, so now that that's cleared up! A little review? I don't have a lot to say (gasp), just that it's like reading one chapter! Reading,'s finished. Lucky I borrowed two out.

Writing? It's very clear and easy to read. I find a few of the phrases redundant Mallory put Simon's SHOE in her pocket (when they found it while they were looking for h
C.P. Cabaniss
This second installment in the Spiderwick Chronicles held up well with the first one. The characters were once again a great group to tag along with. Mallory, Jared, and Simon seem like real siblings that I am joining on these adventures.

The plot continues to build on information we received in The Field Guide as Jared and his siblings delve deeper into the faerie world. And things are not always nice. This time we deal with goblins, trolls, kidnapping, and a few other unpleasant things.

Kat (Lost in Neverland)
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Lupe Dominguez
These are just such fun and quick reads! I'm disappointed I didn't read them when I was younger!! ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairies
As much fun as the first one! 🙈 can’t wait to read more when I get home😍
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And so on to the last of my holiday reads (gutted that I have to return to reality and work but such is life if I am ever going to pay for all the books I want).

And on to the second instalment of the Spiderwick chronicles - now this is where I am starting to see some deviation from the film which I have to say (and honestly it was not planned this way) I saw before I had a chance to read the books so yes there will be some comparisons going on even if they are not intentional.

so the series con
Cheyenne Cumber
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the second book of “The Spiderwick” series, Jared, and his siblings, are exposed to even more creatures. The book begins with Jared coming home from detention, and Simon looking for his cat, named Tibbs. As his siblings go off to do there own thing, Jared goes up to the library, to look at the guide. Thumbtack then comes out from his hiding place, and he warns Jared to get rid of the book before something bad happens, which sooner or later it does. When Jared looked out the window he saw his ...more
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can honestly say that this series is one that was really let down by the film adaptation. Back when the film was released I found myself excited for what was to come, only to be extremely disappointed with what we were given. If you’re someone who enjoyed the film then I really do suggest that you read the books to find out just how great they actually are rather than taking the film standpoint on it.

Filled with more action than the first book, the second in the series sees the siblings headin
Jul 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth
2.5 stars
Bit darker than the first book but still very light reading. I like that the kids are getting a deeper understanding of the world around them. But not much happens Just one big event. The beginning threw me off a bit as it doesn't seem to flow with the last book which had an abrupt end and I had expected this to just pick up right there but not quite. Honestly, since it is so close to the move I thing I will just stick to that. I don't feel this adds much and I don't like how just as I
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Fantasy Lovers / Children Who Believe in Fairies
Following up on the initial volume of The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Field Guide , this second installment of the series sees Simon kidnapped by the goblins who live in the woods on the Spiderwick estate. Jared, with the aid (more or less) of Thimbletack the brownie, gains a stone that allows him to see the otherwise invisible faeries, and together with Mallory, he sets off to rescue his twin. After escaping the clutches of the the troll living in the nearby creek, they find Simon imprisoned ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Even better than the first, very fun adventure, loved the teamwork between Mallory and Jared. I listened to the audiobook version and am still giggling over the Kermit the Frog voice that the narrator (Mark Hamill) gave to the hobgoblin! Anxious to continue, but have to wait in line.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read along with the kid. Such a fun series so far, and she really enjoyed them and is waiting for me to catch up so that we can talk about them. She's particularly fond of Byron the Griffon and the Hobgoblin, both of whom get their introductions here. ...more
David Mosley
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Cecilia Raya
I really loved this story. I enjoy it a lot.
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#1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Tony DiTerlizzi, has been creating children’s books for twenty years. From fanciful picture books like The Broken Ornament and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, DiTerlizzi imbues his stories with rich imagination. With Holly Black, he created the middle-grade ser ...more

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