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Product details

  • Hardcover: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's; Film tie-in edition edition (20 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416960953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416960959
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.8 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.



--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Holly Black spent her early years in a decaying Victorian mansion where her mother fed her a steady diet of ghost stories and faerie tales. An avid collector of rare folklore volumes, spooky dolls, and crazy hats, she lives in West Long Branch, New Jersey, with her husband, Theo. Together with illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, she is the creator of the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles series of children's books. Tony DiTerlizzi is co-creator of the international bestselling series, The Spiderwick Chronicles. He has illustrated numerous picture books for children, including Ted, G is for 1 Gzonk and the critically acclaimed The Spider and the Fly, which won the Caldecott Honor. Tony lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife, Angela, and their baby daughter, Sophia. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Master MacLeod on 15 Oct. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book yesterday and Ive already read it cover to cover and Its absolutaly FANTASTIC! The artwork is stunning and the effort Ms Black and Mr DeTerlizzi have put to it is amazing! I reccomend this book to any fan of Harry Potter or Spiderwick! I absoloutly loves it!
It makes them [faerie] so real!
10/10! Bravo! En-Core! Well Done!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Whimsical Witch on 16 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the book I dreamt of finding in my gran's attic when I was a kid! this is the book that outdo every other book about faeries. It's beauty, it's fun and "real-ness" is outstanding! You really dont have to be a Spiderwick fan to enjoy this, you just need to believe in faeries! Or at least *want* to believe in them... and appriciate art! Because Tony DiTerlizzi does the best job on his illustrations... Pure Magic from front to back!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm on 7 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
My daugther, 10, aked for that book. She read it in two days... She is now playing with her friends in the garden to find all these creatures... their imaginations are getting wild..
the cons about it... she wants to cover her bedroom floor with flour to spot the pixies..

A great book with very nice pictures, full of infos and really entertaining.
I will definetly recommand the book to children with imagination.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By debbie8355 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 July 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This field guide to accompany the Spiderwick stories is an amazingly beautifully written and illustrated guide to invisible magical creatures like Brownies, Boggarts, Piskies, Gargoyles, Banshees, Changelings, Pixies, Salamanders, Phookas, Dragons, Giants, Goblins, Merfolk, Sea Serpents etc and some wonderful rare creatures like the 'Stray Sod' who will make you chuckle.

It's an A4 sized book in the style of a really old journal with browned pages and picture plates. Some of the inner pages open upwards and some double fold outwards. The content can't be faulted, really it is truly magical. Letters and old newspaper stories interweave the descriptions giving it a real journal feel.

The only slight gripe I have is is the modern presentation. The dust jacket is thin paper and easily damaged. It is also really flat apart from a slightly raised round part of the seal which may disappoint a child who has seen the book in the film version. The cover is different underneath and in the same style as another Spiderwick book the 'Notebook of Fantastical Observations'cover. It is a shame when a book looks better without it's dustjacket. An older style cover with a removable warning card and some ribbon would have done wonders to the outer presentation. The inner pages which open out are also slightly badly designed. I found it impossible to open the 'old wyrm dragon' page upwards without sligthly ripping it as it was such a close fit to the spine. I think younger children might have a problem opening and folding the pages without leaving them crumpled and ripped.

100/100 for content but it is let down slightly by the presentation. It could have been even more wonderful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J Icicle on 7 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Fantastic book. I bought this for my 10 year old daughter who can't put it down. Amazing illustrations and great text too. Enjoyed reading it myself.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book, the Arthur Spiderwick Field guide, is lovingly restored and organized by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. The creatures from the fantastical world around us have been organized by habitat and then alphabetically. It has 28 plates and hundreds of illustrations, with fold-out pages and flip-up pages for even larger illustrations. Each creature's main illustrations list its scale. With lots of side notes and addendums, this is a wonderful book that the young and young at heart can return to many times.

The sections are:
Around the House and Yard:
Brownies
Boggarts
Changelings
Pixies
Salamanders
Stray Sod

In Fields and Forests:
Cockatrices
Elves
Leprechauns
Manticores
Sprites
Treefolk
Unicorns

In Lakes, Streams and the Sea:
Kelpies
Merfolk
Nixies
Sea Serpents
Trolls

In the Hills and Mountains:
Dwarves
Giants
Goblins
Hobgoblins
Knockers
Ogres

In the Sky:
Dragons
Griffins
Phoenixes

Outside at Night:
Banshees
Gargoyles
Phookas
Will-o-the-Wisps

This illustrated guide is amazing. I know that I will read it again, and plan on reading it to my children many times over the next few years.
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By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Jun. 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you're a fan of the Spiderwick Chronicles, you *need* to get this book if you haven't done already! It's a beautiful large format hardback that really does look like an authentic magical field guide, and it's also fully illustrated. Amazing!

I like the Spiderwick Chronicles because of the mystical creatures that crop up. I always want to know more about species like this, and this book has told me all I need to know and more. It's written as if this really is Arthur Spiderwick's journal, which is so much fun. I mean, who are we to say that faeries and boggarts aren't real?!

The Field Guide starts with pages about The Invisible World and The Sight, then goes on to equipment and protection. You'll learn why a satchel is useful (it carries everything) and why a magnifying glass is essential (it's useful for seeing smaller creatures). From then on, this book is basically incredible, and it's a must read for anyone interested in faeries and other creatures.

Each section explores a different part of the world. It goes from Arthur Spiderwicks's house and yard to what lives in lakes, streams and seas. It also covers night creatures, hills, mountains and lots more. Everything you want is in this book, and each creature is accompanied by lengthy descriptions and amazing illustrations. Honestly, I can't describe just how beautiful this book is!

Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide is essential for anyone interested in creatures like this. Even if you've never read the Spiderwick Chronicles, this book will prove to be an invaluable resource for the next time you need to identify a sprite or goblin - you have to know what you're dealing with!
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