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Arthur Spiderwick's field guide to the fantastical world around you (edition 2005)

by Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black

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Title:Arthur Spiderwick's field guide to the fantastical world around you
Authors:Tony DiTerlizzi
Other authors:Holly Black
Info:New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2005.
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Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You by Holly Black

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Spiderwick cronicles is about a family that lives in the city. but when they cant afford it they move far away to there aunts old house. Where they find allot more then they can ever imagine. Three children Jarrod, Simon and Mallory find another world filled with faeries goblins and more. Jarrod wants to learn more but will it get him in trouble?

i feel this book was very good and fulled with adventure, action and mystory. if you want a short easy read and a great book this is the book for you. ( )
  br14copi | Dec 6, 2013 |
In the Spiderwick series, the Grace children found an unusual field guide. Instead of giving details about trees, birds, or fish, their field guide scientifically examined fairy creatures. I consider the Spiderwick series one of my top children's fantasy books, and when I read the first book, I imagined how amazing it would be to find a guide like that in a secret room in my house. It is no surprise that I was considerably excited when the author and illustrator of this great series created an actual field guide for publication, that was supposedly a replica of Arthur Spiderwick's original book which is at the heart of the Spiderwick series.

The result is everything my imagination could ask for. The field guide features thirty one fairy creatures, with full-page illustrations, descriptions, "replicas" of small sketches and notes from Arthur Spiderwick, and allusions to other texts and historical accounts. Several of the creatures are a given, such as the unicorn or the dragon, but others are less explored fairy tale subjects, such as the kelpie. The illustrator, Tony DiTerlizzi, has been a favorite of mine since I first discovered his work, and this book demonstrates his abilities to great advantage. The creatures are gorgeously presented, with great detail, and a whimsy that is attractive and offers the artist's unique vision on frequently-illustrated fantasy subjects. The entries are written to sound as if Spiderwick wrote them, and blend anecdotes and data; as Arthur describes in the preface, his interest is to show the scientific world that fairies are a valid and fascinating source of study. The notes that are reproduced bring another level of reality to the book, ominously hinting at Arthur's final fate.

This book is a treasure. The artwork is fabulous, the fairy entries are informative but presented with wonderful style, and the back story that is glimpsed through the letters and newspaper clippings is enticing and mysterious. The authors have made a loving, and lovely, encyclopedia of fairy creatures. The premise that this is an actual field guide made by a real person, and the threats about getting involved in the fairy world, just add to the fun. Where was this book when I was a child? I would have worn it out with incessant rereading. As an adult, the only difference is that I will take care to keep the package and beautiful illustrations in good condition, as they deserve. ( )
1 vote nmhale | Dec 2, 2013 |
I haven't read any of the Spiderwick books, but after enjoying this one, it seems like I probably ought to ... a beautifully-illustrated field guide to the faerie folk. A fun little escape into a different world, and who doesn't need that every now and then? ( )
  JBD1 | Sep 8, 2012 |
A beautifully illustrated bestiary of imaginary creatures, this "field guide" is designed to be very, as it were, realistic, with handwritten marginalia, news clippings and correspondence. A fun read, even if you haven't read any of the Spiderwick stories. ( )
  astuo | Apr 20, 2011 |
Jared, Simon, Mallory and their mom moved to a new house where their great uncle and aunt Lucinda lived, but it seems like something secret is in this house.I will suggest this book to people who have watched the movie Spiderwick. ( )
  jeunlee | Oct 12, 2010 |
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"Spiderwicksagan består av fem vackra småböcker; egentligen är det en saga i fem kapitel. De åtföljs nu av en ännu vackrare Fälthandbok, större till formatet, vilken konstnären och forskaren Arthur Spiderwick under många mödosamma år kompilerat och ­illustrerat, i vilken han samlat sina rön beträffande vad han kallar Oknytt, sagovarelser."

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0689859414, Hardcover)

Spiderwick fans will adore this gorgeous guidebook to the fantastical creatures featured in Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi's spectacular series. The superdeluxe, lavishly illustrated "field guide" features 142 information-packed pages, 41 full-color plates, 6 spectacular gatefolds, 6 watercolor landscapes, scores of black-and-white and color sketches, and enough information to satisfy even the most demanding faerie enthusiast. Not only will readers learn all about the 14 fantastical creatures featured in the series, but they'll be delighted and astonished by an additional 15 creatures featured in this elaborate volume--including mermaids, gargoyles, and more. And if that weren't enough, we've included dozens of snippets from Arthur Spiderwick's personal journal--information that links the Guide specifically to the Spiderwick Chronicles--as well as cameos from a few of the series' favorite characters.



(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:35:00 -0400)

Meet the boggarts, changelings, pixies, goblins and other creatures of Arthur Spiderwick's magical, fantastical world. From clever and informative introductory sections explaining essential preparations for your own faerie investigations and faerie world basics, to 6 exhaustive sections featuring 31 fabulous faerie species, to an addendum created by Jared Grace, the long-awaited companion to the Spiderwick Chronicles is sure to please any fan of the popular series.… (more)

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