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The Spiderwick Chronicles (Boxed Set): The Field Guide; The Seeing Stone; Lucinda's Secret; The Ironwood Tree; The Wrath of Mulgrath Hardcover – 18 Oct 2005

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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Box edition (18 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689040342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689040344
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.1 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,615,362 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. 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Whimsical Witch on 1 Oct. 2006
Format: Hardcover
These are the books you wish you had when you were a kid. But even now, as an adult; if you ever believed in faries and trolls, then you will enjoy these magical books. They are fairly short, and very easy to read. So they'er aimed for failry young children. The illustrations are amazing, Tony Diterlizzi brings magic to life with the tip of a pen!

The story tell so of the Grace siblings, the twin boys and their older sister. When Jared finds a peculiar field guide in their new home (very very old, broken down and filthy victorian mansion) strange things start to happen. Becuase right outside their home, in the old woods.. live real faeries! Trolls, goblins, Griffins and Sprites alike! Soon the children find themselves entangled into a mess its gonna take all their curage to get out. And with alot of help from the field guide and their newfound friend, the house brownie... can they bring peace and order back?

Absolutely amazing!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Tait on 10 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Having recently purchased '1001 children's books you must read before you grow up', I realised that there is a lot of fantastic children's literature out there that I never got round to reading when I was a child, even though I was an avid reader then, as I am now. So, having loved the lemony Snicket series of unfortunate events ( so good I read them twice, and I'm not joking!)I thought the Spiderwick Chronicles would reflect the same type of attention grabbing storylines and characters, and I wasn't disappointed! I couldn't put it down! For three days straight I read this book, and the stories are brilliant, not too short, and the fantastic creatures that Simon, Jared and their older sister Mallory encounter will enthrall both children and adults. It's excellent value for money, but it doesn't include beyond the Spiderwick chronicles. That said, however, this has been one of the most entertaining books I've read in a while, and I'm a Jo Nesbo fan! Also, the illustrations are beautiful, and this edition includes lost chapters and a whole host of bonus material. Utterly brilliant, and every bit deserving of its five stars!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tan on 1 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I gave this book to my 8 year old son for his birthday, but as I had never read it I had a quick skim read and felt that my 10 year old daughter would probably enjoy it too. We read it aloud altogether and all thoroughly enjoyed it.It brings together fantasy and reality very realistically. The story is exciting and really gripping at times. My kids were begging to carry on for another chapter way after sleep time. The illustration is also wonderful and straight away had my daughter drawing elves in the style of the book illustrations. After reading the book we watched the film, which, while very good in many ways, is not in our opinions a patch on the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Spiderwick Chronicles is one of those series that has been around for ages, and it's one that I've been meaning to read but never have. I'm not quite sure why I waited so long to meet all the fantastic creatures and characters featured in the story, as it's right up my street: I love little people, fantasy stories and faeries, and all these and more are in The Spiderwick Chronicles. There are also numerous brilliant illustrations that basically just rock. I love seeing a story come to life through artwork, and this is a great example of that!

This book tells the story of three siblings - Jared, Simon and Mallory - who discover a world of faerie when they stumble on their great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide. In it is information about all the creatures of faerie, and it turns out to be a very wanted treasure among its subjects. They all want it because it holds the secrets of their species, and they'll stop at nothing to get it. Eek!

In fantasy books, my favourite characters are very rarely the humans. How can I choose a normal boy or girl over a brownie or an elf?! I can't, I don't know how. My favourites from The Spiderwick Chronicles have to be Thimbletack the brownie and Hogsqueal the Hobgoblin. Why, you ask? Well, it's simple really: they're small, they're cute, they wear funny hats, have cool names and are brave and willing to help. Characters like this make me wish they were real. I'd love to come home one day and find a teeny little brownie taking two mice for a walk on a lead, or find a grumpy Hobgoblin getting up to no good. I would never go to work again!

The Spiderwick Chronicles is written for younger readers, but really, who cares? It doesn't detract from the story in any way, though I do wish each book was longer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
According to Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, the text of this story was left for them by three mystery kids.

With that stab at blurring the boundaries between fantasy and reality, these two authors slip easily into a haunted house tale that rapidly blossoms into a story of hidden fae and strange creatures. "The Spiderwick Chronicles (Boxed Set)" brings together five extremely brief little books that form one overarcing story, which becomes more tense and eerie as it winds to the inevitable battle with the Big Bad.

After their parents' divorce, the Grace kids -- teenage Mallory and nine-year-old twins Jared and Simon -- move with their mother to a crumbling old Victorian house, owned by a weird old aunt. Jared is having a rough time with all of this, but he's distracted from his personal woes by a "squirrel" scuttling around inside the walls. And their investigations reveal a strange little stash of items that were obviously not taken by a squirrel.

An exploratory trip in a dumbwaiter takes Jared to a hidden library full of strange books on mythic creatures -- and soon strange things start happening to the family. Jared's further investigations uncover a strange little book called "Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide To The Fantastical World Around You," a little guide to faery creatures. Jared begins to believe that the unbelievable might be true -- that there are faeries causing trouble in his new home.

But it becomes painfully obvious what is up when various creatures try to get ahold of the book -- Simon is kidnapped by omnivorous goblins, a search for Arthur Spiderwick leads the kids into a elven trap deep in the woods, and Mallory is sealed in a glass box by malevolent dwarves deep inside an old quarry.
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