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The Field Guide (original 2003; edition 2006)

by Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black

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Title:The Field Guide
Authors:Tony DiTerlizzi
Other authors:Holly Black
Info:Thorndike Press (2006), Hardcover, 144 pages
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This is a cute story. I love the art but I think that it sometimes alters the image in my head of the characters... oh well. ( )
  sszkutak | Sep 28, 2016 |
When siblings Jared, Simon and Mallory Grace move to the country with their mother after their parents' divorce, they aren't sure just what to make of their new home. A rambling old Victorian mansion on a large and wooded property somewhere in Pennsylvania, the Spiderwick Estate belongs to their great-aunt Lucinda, reputed to have gone insane, and is slowly falling into disrepair. Jared, known in his family as a trouble-maker ever since he began getting into fights at school, leads his twin brother and elder sister in a series of discoveries, as they find their great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick's hidden library, and then his field guide to the various species of faery. It is only when the siblings actually meet a faery - Thimbletack the erstwhile boggart, restored to his more benevolent brownie form - that Simon and Mallory are truly convinced that Jared has been telling them the truth...

The first part of a five-volume work that is meant to be read as one long story, rather than as a series with discrete entries, The Field Guide does an excellent job of introducing readers to the three young heroes, briefly but ably capturing their differing personalities and interests. Fierce Mallory with her talent for fencing, dreamy Simon and his love of animals, and emotionally turbulent Jared, with his openness to new discoveries, all emerge as distinct and interesting characters, despite the brevity of the text. Black also succeeds in making the Spiderwick Estate feel like a real place - one the reader will want to visit and explore. A brief chapter-book for young readers just getting going with longer fiction, this is a book that will also interest older children, given the subject matter and presentation. The artwork, done in pen and ink by Tony DiTerlizzi, is just as engaging as the story, with a quirky appeal that reminded me quite a bit of the work of Chris Riddell - high praise, coming from me! Recommended to young fantasy lovers and children (or adults) who believe in faeries - just be sure to have the second volume of the story handy... ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Aug 26, 2016 |
Summary:
The Spiderwick Chronicles The Field Guide is about three children named Jared, Simon, and Mallory all of which were dealing with divorced parents. They all had moved from New York into a shack with creaking wooden floors and walls. As they were bringing their stuff in from the car Jared walked through the door and heard a noise within the walls and thought it to be a squirrel. Later that night while asleep Jared was awaken by the noise again just to see his sister in the doorway of his room looking like a ghost. She had heard the same noise. They went down to the kitchen to investigate. Mallory carried a broom holding it by the sweeper heard something in the wall and proceeded to knock a hole in the wall to see what was in there. Instead of confirming their suspicion they found a nest of items like something lived there. They then took all the rubbish out the wall. Since they did this they had a misfortune of events occurred until the children found a place in the house to rebuild the nest for what is called a boggarts

Personal Reaction:
I enjoyed this fantasy book because it was suspenseful and a mystery as well. Even though they went through the misfortune of events and doubted Jared, they thought he was making things up yet they did not turn on him and helped him solve they mystery.

Extension Ideas:
Have kids create their own fantasy made into a mystery. They could also make up their own boggart by using their imagination of what they think a boggart would look like.
  Dr3a | Mar 16, 2016 |
After their parents divorce, twins Jared and Simon Grace and their mom and sister Mallory move into Aunt Lucy's falling down Victorian house. Simon is the animal lover, Mallory the athletic fencer, and Jared is always in trouble at home and school for his acting-out behavior. The old house seems to be populated with odd creatures playing pranks. Jared thinks he's found the answer when he discovers a book in the attic, "Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You." Soon the kids begin encountering boggarts, a mannikin, goblins, brownies and trolls.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Wish the books were longer. Seems like a couple chapters of one book than a book on its own. The illustrations were wonderful. ( )
  bouldermimi | Jan 13, 2016 |
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For my grandmother, Melvina, who said I should write a book just like this one and to whom I replied that I never would --H. B.

For Arthur Rackham, may you continue to inspire others as you have me --T. D.
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If someone had asked Jared Grace what jobs his brother and sister would have when they grew up, he would have had no trouble replying.
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The strangest thing, however, was the subject matter. The book was full of information about faeries.

The room had a low ceiling, and the walls were covered in bookshelves. Looking around, he realized there was no door.
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The first book in a beautifully produced series of five, The Field Guide sets up the story of the Grace children--13-year-old Mallory and 9-year-old twins Jared and Simon--who with their mother move into the dilapidated Spiderwick Estate only to quickly find themselves sucked into a dark and fascinating world of faeries.

Superficially, the Spiderwick Chronicles smack of Lemony Snicket, with its "true story" setup and breathless warnings ("Go away/close the book/put it down/do not look"). But Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black owe no one for the intensely absorbing world they've created. Black certainly showed fey promise in her slightly freaky debut and DiTerlizzi has weird cred to spare, from his zany Jimmy Zangwow to countless credits for the Magic: The Gathering card game.

By combining their ample skill with thoughtful art direction and demanding production values, the duo has succeeded in creating a series with irresistible appeal. Each book promises a quick read, snappy plot progression, and dozens of DiTerlizzi's imaginative pen-and-ink drawings. So if you're drawn to The Field Guide at all, you might as well save yourself the trouble and make sure you have the second book (The Seeing Stone handy. (Ages 6 to 10) --Paul Hughes

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When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.

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