The Field Guide: Spiderwick Chronicles

Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black

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This is a great next book if your reader:

  • Loves magic, adventure and intrigue (think fairies, goblins and trolls)

  • Gets drawn into a narrative through illustrations designed to provide extra detail. Tony DiTerlizzi blows me away; he brings the magic to life with his gothic style pencil drawings.

  • Will enjoy getting to really know characters and how they develop.

  • Wants a book that is fairly short and easy to read. As in all the books in The Spiderwick Chronicles series, The Field Guide can develop self-confidence and reading stamina. It is really important for a reluctant reader that books are finished and enjoyed before the interest in them is lost.

The Spiderwick Chronicles has to be one of the most imaginative and gripping fantasy series for children out there. Just perfect for the right kind of older, reluctant reader.

Blurb: Gregor and his sister Boots live with their mum; their dad is missing. The brother and sister quickly find themselves in a strange place called the Underland, where giant bats, rats and cockroaches live amongst the pale humans. The Underlanders call Gregor “the warrior” and his 2-year-old sister Boots the “princess” after a prophecy that was written hundreds of years ago. The quest begins as Gregor must find his father and save the Underland from the “gnawers”. The plot moves at a pace, filled with heartbreaking lessons about family devotion, friendship and compassion, survival against the odds, the courage of Gregor – an ordinary self-doubting boy, relationships between people from vastly different backgrounds with a common cause, creatures of all sorts and, most of all, hope. children discover the faerie world is closer than you think…
After finding a mysterious, handmade field guide in the attic of the ramshackle old mansion they’ve just moved into, Jared; his twin brother, Simon; and their older sister, Mallory, discover that there’s a magical and maybe dangerous world existing parallel to our own–the world of faerie.

The Grace children want to share their story, but the faeries will do everything possible to stop them…

The Spiderwick Chronicles – 5 books:

The Field Guide (2003)

The Seeing Stone (2003)

Lucinda’s Secret (2003)

The Ironwood Tree (2004)

The Wrath of Mulgarath (2004)

Followed by spin-off series  ‘Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles’:

The Nixie’s Song (2007)

A Giant Problem (2008)

The Wyrm King (2009)

Companion books:

Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You (2005)

Notebook for Fantastical Observations (2005)

Care and Feeding of Sprites (2006). Film released 2008

Wondla Trilogy for older readers).

The Field Guide: Spiderwick Chronicles