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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Imprint unknown (Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754066614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754066613
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,806,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. For more information, visit www.blackholly.com. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "penny5680" on 25 May 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Spiderwick Chronicles is a great series of five fantasy adventures featuring three normal kids, Jared, Simon and Mallory Grace and their adventures with all sorts of different creatures including elves, goblins, trolls, brownies and ogres. I thought this was a brilliant book and have now read the whole series. I am looking forward to more books coming out soon!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE on 29 Oct 2004
Format: Hardcover
This first book of The Spiderwick Chronicles introduces young readers to the world of fantasy in a fun and easy to read format. It is written in simple language, and is short enough and exciting enough to hold the attention of even the most restless reader.
The three main characters are the children of the Grace family, Jared, Simon and Mallory, who move into a dilapidated mansion, and stumble upon a world of magical folk.
With the aid of the Field Guide of the title, which Jared discovers after solving a riddle he finds in a secret room, they begin their adventures in the faerie world, realizing that they have just glimpsed the tip of the fantasy iceberg.
Though not a challenging read for older folk, this book provides good groundwork for future forays into the world of Narnia, Lemony Snicket and Artemis Fowl, though not necessarily in that order.
Magically lure your 6 to 10 year olds into the world of fantasy - get them The Spiderwick Chronicles today.
Amanda Richards
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "gwilson_beith" on 17 Aug 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book of the series. It is a really good book. I thought the book would be a bit like A Series of Unfortunate Events but it was completely different. It is about three childen who have just moved to a new house only to find it is filled with Fairies and other Mythical creatures. It is an excellent book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ultán on 18 Nov 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book in the adventures of the Grace children. In it Jared finds the Field Guide, a book about magical creatures, but even once he has read it he still does not realise how dangerous it is. It is a very exciting book for young people to read and I just could not put it down once I started reading it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs C J Fishlock on 17 Jan 2005
Format: Hardcover
My seven year old son read this book and enjoyed every single word of it. He was so excited about what happened next we had to buy the next book immediately. I was intriqued so I read it too, and I could see why he enjoyed it so much. Although it is fantasy the children seem real in the way that they talk to one another. The characters are great and the drawings really help to bring it alive. Excellent book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lorenzo on 2 Nov 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am 8 years old I really liked this book and I thought it was fantastic because there were goblins and

faeries .

I am very sad that I have finished it and mummy hasn't got the next book yet.

Lorenzo
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elena on 12 July 2005
Format: Hardcover
it's strange becouse i thought that all great children authors had lived somewhen in long past. But i was wrong and i have realised it when i bought this book. it's 5 little stories about children and a fairy world, very well written , the author is able to speak with children on their own language. the story is symple but not ordinary, interesting and u never know the ending.
i absolutelly recommemd this book, it reminds chronicle of narnia or alice in wonderland.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE on 19 July 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Spiderwick Chronicles are the most charming little books imaginable. There is something almost Victorian about the quality of their presentation. Beautifully designed covers, outstanding illustrations and a watercolour frontispiece piece all help conjure an aura of days gone by, when faeries were the standard reading matter for the young.
The writing has a clarity that will suit young readers whilst not being overly simple for slightly older readers. The vocabulary is good, but not off-putting for those still feeling their way through books alone. Pages are small - less than half the amount of words per page found in a standard children's book, enabling younger readers to really feel that they're progressing.
Each book is divided into 7 chapters - making it ideal for a week of bedtime stories. Furthermore, what really makes these little books special is the stunning quality of the line illustrations. The artist dedicates his work to Arthur Rackham - and it is clear that Rackham has been his inspiration. There is hardly a double-page-spread without some little picture and there are plenty of highly detailed full page illustrations too - yet again making it perfect for bedtime reading.
Although the style of the books is intentionally retro, the story is anything but. The plot of the first book: 'The Field Guide' revolves around the three Grace children; nine-year-old twins Jared and Simon, and their older sister Mallory. They move into their Great Aunt Lucinda's derelict house - and soon discover that it is not quite as empty as they thought.
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