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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truly magical!
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!

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Published on 1 Oct 2006 by Whimsical Witch

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good commercial books
My young son enjoys the Spiderwick Chronicles very much. I also enjoy reading these books with him and particularly like the lively way the siblings' relationships are described.
However I would not say that they are well written at all -they are full of Americanisms for one thing. Most of all they are too obviously a good commercial venture: these lavishly published...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truly magical!, 1 Oct 2006
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great buy, 21 Jun 2010
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Ms. S. A. Bowden (plymouth, UK) - See all my reviews
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I BOUGHT THIS FOR A BIRTHDAY PRESENT FOR MY SON'S FRIEND, WHO WAS 8. THEY LISTENED TO IT AT A SLEEP OVER AND MY SON WAS IMPRESSED WITH IT, SO I MIGHT BE ORDERING ANOTHER SET!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present for a dedicated seven year old reader., 24 Jan 2014
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This was a present for my seven year old who has already read them all. She is now saving her pocket money for the other two books so that she can carry the story on.
The books have been a huge hit and she loves the pictures in them and the story has completely captured her imagination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent adventure for children, 27 July 2013
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The Spiderwick Chronicles is a book I would have absolutely adored as a child. As an adult, I still thought it was wonderful. It is full of the fantasy, magic, and imagination that makes children's books such a joy to read and share.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A world of magic, 26 Aug 2011
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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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. But the one who really wants the Guide is Mulgarath, a terrible creature who (surprise!) wants to conquer the world -- and he'll take their mother to accomplish it.

For the record, this is a short series full of short books. Each book is only about a hundred pages of heavily-illustrated text, and we're not talking large pages. They're more like the chapters of a longer novel, meaning that older children and adults will find them ultra-quick and simple.

But Holly Black's writing style definitely makes it worth reading (such as the descriptions of stalactites "hanging above them like a forest of icicles"). Though the storyline is pretty simple, she weaves a web of subtle, eerie strangeness around the seemingly ordinary circumstances (such as elderly, seemingly batty Aunt Lucinda), to the point where you can almost believe that missing cats were eaten by hobgoblins.

And despite the Victorian house, the sprites and faery creatures here are anything but Victorian -- sometimes ugly, bizarre or malicious, and with their own strange ways (the beautiful, ruthless elves) and preoccupation (the dwarves' obsession with making forests of "ironwood" trees). And there are plenty of weird side-creatures: lake trolls, fey doppelgangers, metal dogs, haughty nature-robed elves, a "knocker" who escorts the kids underground, and so on.

And Tony DiTerlizzi's artwork is simply perfect for the story that he and Black are telling. He crafts lots of intricate pen-and-ink drawings, shadowy depictions of the decayed Victorian mansion, and illustrations of the weirder aspects of the Spiderwick estate (like the dusty library, or Mallory suspended in a glass box in medieval clothes). There are even pages and scribbled-on pages from Arthur Spiderwick, expulsion notices, and more.

The main characters are also quite believable: Mallory is a loving but slightly brittle teenager, and the mom is clearly struggling to stay afloat after her divorce. Simon is a tidy animal enthusiast, while the more prominent Jared is a kid who is starting to sink into trouble after his parents' divorce, only to find new and unexpected strength when he discovers the world of the Guide. The biggest problem is that the kids bicker a lot, which becomes a bit tedious after awhile -- even if it is likely.

"The Spiderwick Chronicles" is a solid brief story spread over five small books, building up a sense of suspense, eerie fantasy and otherworldly creatures. Beautifully written if a wee bit simple for older readers.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compendium Value, 6 Dec 2009
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OK, you've come to Spiderwick late, you've heard that your son/daughter/niece/nephew, really wants this set of books as they've recently enjoyed the DVD, so what are you going to do. Well panic not, here is your opportunity to get the original series beautifully wrapped up and presented in this Omnibus edition recently released by Simon and Schuster. Whilst the film is touched upon in the series, you get greater depth as well as exploration of the Spiderwick world within. A great thing to do for new readers and a time/space savour for the adult involved along with being true value for money.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little short but good., 31 Dec 2006
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No idea how they are going to make a movie out of this story but the books are interesting. If you have read advertisements saying that if you like 'A Series of Unfortunate Events you will love this book' don't believe them. They are nothing like A.S.O.U.E! However if you like fantasy, fairies, trolls, goblins and are under ten (or an adult who enjoys reading to ther children) then read these books. Children will love the story about two twin brothers and their sister who find a magic field guide to magic creatures in their aunt's house and are sent on a wild goose chase as evil magic creatures lead by the ogre Mulgrath to retrieve the book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good commercial books, 1 Oct 2008
My young son enjoys the Spiderwick Chronicles very much. I also enjoy reading these books with him and particularly like the lively way the siblings' relationships are described.
However I would not say that they are well written at all -they are full of Americanisms for one thing. Most of all they are too obviously a good commercial venture: these lavishly published and illustrated books are in fact remarkably short and with very little original material - most of it is imitation and borrowing of other and better sources.
The five original books should really have been published as only one book, but presumably this would be less profitable. Let's not mention all the other stuff that has been published about the films, the observation notebooks and even Arthur's fieldguide. It seems Holly Black and Tony Diterlizzi have struck a gold mine.
Buy those books for your children by all means but offer them "The Hobbit" alongside.
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