Reading Storybook

The Field Guide, Spiderwick Chronicles

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Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Type of reader:

Age range: 8 to 11 years

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Reviewed by: Katy Reeve

Author: Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black 

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 a reluctant reader.

This book is an excellent choice if your child:

  • 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.

  • Enjoys 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 fades.


The Grace 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):