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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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Rating:*****
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The Field Guide by Holly Black (2003)

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Short but delightful.

The three Grace children move into a ramshackle old Victorian house with their mother. The house actually belongs to a great-aunt who is supposedly mad because she keeps rambling on about the “little people.” But strange, spooky things happen on the Spiderwick estate!

First of all, the three Grace kids are fantastic - Mallory, the oldest, is a fencer. Simon and Jared are twins. Simon loves animals, has two pet mice, and wants to be a vet. Jared, meanwhile, is having trouble dealing with their parents' recent divorce and has gotten in trouble for fighting at school. Each of the children is unique and memorable.

When things start happening in their new house - like Mallory wakes up with her hair knotted to the bed, and the kitchen gets trashed late at night, Jared ends up getting blamed! But he knows he didn’t do it, plus there is this weird scratching sound in the walls and the children discover a very bizarre “nest.” An old book hidden away in the attic, written by Arthur Spiderwick, describes how all types of faeries are real! After reading it, Jared determines that what they are dealing with is a Boggart.

The artwork by Tony DiTerlizzi is really cool. I love the kids, the house and the magical critters. Everything has a lovely gothic edge to it. Wonderfully done.

The only thing I didn’t like was that I hate when supernatural stuff is going on and the parent just ignores it/blames the kid/refuses to listen. I haaaaaate that trope, and unfortunately it’s kind of the whole plot here. Otherwise, though, a very charming book indeed. ( )
  catfantastic | Mar 20, 2015 |
The Field Guide
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Has a brownie ever stood on your shoulder? Well one has stood on mine. Hey, my name is Simon, and a brownie named Thumbletack has stood on my shoulder. You’re probably asking yourself, when did this happen. Well let me tell you. It all happened a month ago when we moved into my great uncle Arthur’s old house. We started having problems the same night when messes were popping up everywhere. Mallory woke up screaming. Her hair was tied into pigtails. She asked “Who did this.”
The Field Guide, The Seeing Stone, and Lucinda’s Secret were all published in 2003. The Ironwood Tree and The Wrath of Mulgarath were both published in 2004. It is funny to me that all five books were published in a 2 year span. It also has companion books.
The main characters in the are Simon, Jared, and Mallory. Simon and Jared are twins (not identical). Simon ( )
  takeoffTore | Mar 12, 2015 |
Short and simple, but oh so good. The three Grace children perfectly compliment each other, and the descriptions perfectly match the excellent illustrations. There are some very chilling elements to Spiderwick, which is expected since it's Holly Black. But even though I got a few shivers down my spine, I'd still feel comfortable giving this to a younger reader. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Aug 3, 2014 |
The main characters are Jared, Simon, and Mallory.
Jared Is the one that opened the book.
The book is about a guy named spiderwick.
Spiderwick is the guy that made the book.
The book basically says that everything magical is real.
They kind of have a little war with trolls.

This book to me is not really that good in my opinion.
There is just much stuff.
The story-line is weird.
I think this series is base for a smaller audience.
Well it took me one hour to read it.
So that probably explains it. ( )
  JaredC.Blue4 | Mar 20, 2014 |
Three siblings, Grace, Jared, and Simon move into an old house, belonging to their aunt, with their mother. Jared discovers that there is an angry fairy in the house who is terrorizing the family. He takes it upon himself to find the fairy and make things right. This is a very magical and gripping book. Spiderwick Chronicles is an engaging read for a middle aged child who is interested in magic and fairies, especially because there are maps and pictures that throughout the book. Although there are magical elements in this book, the fantastical creatures are friendly and innocent. Personally, I was happy to see that there was a strong female lead. ( )
  natalienichols | Mar 4, 2014 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0689859368, Hardcover)

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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