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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2005
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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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
on 7 January 2011
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2010
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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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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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ARTHUR SPIDERWICK'S FIELD GUIDE TO THE FANTASTICAL WORLD AROUND YOU is a beautifully crafted book. There are plenty of gorgeous illustrations throughout the book, as well as detailed descriptions of the creatures featured within the pages. There are 6 different sections altogether; "Around the House and Yard", "In Fields and Forests", "In Lakes, Streams and the Sea", "In the Hills and Mountains", "In the Sky" and finally "Outside at Night". At the very end of the book there is also a fairly extensive list for further reading.
Anyone who has read and enjoyed the Spiderwick Chronicles should love this book. I am sure it would fire up the imaginations of younger readers, perhaps even getting them interested in the outside world, as they try to hunt for the creatures this book contains. For those of us who are slightly older, THE FIELD GUIDE is a happy distraction to the normality of everyday life. I love dipping into this book, it has certainly gained a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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on 26 December 2009
Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide: To the Fantastic World Around You (Spiderwick Chronicles)
I purchased this book for my 7 year old daughter for a christmas present,although it was the least expensive item we got for her,it is her favourite and she has not yet put it down,it goes everywear with her including bed.The ilustrations are beautiful and it is a great read.The only bad points are as someone else mentioned is that the pull up pages are too close to the spine and they have torn a little after only being lifted once,i also thought that it could have been made alot more realistic if some of the letters and newspaper clippings could actually be taken out of the main book as in the film and some kind of cardboard viewing stone would have made a nice touch(my daughters idea)Overall it is a lovely book and i would recomend it to anyone who loves the spiderwick chronicles.
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on 30 August 2011
I bought this book for my 8 year old son who loves anything monster related, mythycal, or alien type things... Its just wonderful, the artwork is so detailed and clear it just holds your attention and the captions detailing the beasts were lovely to read together.I had trouble putting it down! So much more involved than the film, which we loved , this is a massive extention of the creatures you see on screen. I would recommend it completely. When all you usually see out there is the usual Ben 10 type mass produced rubbish this book is a breath of fresh air. Buy it, you wont regret it!
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