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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Set for ages 7 and up, 7 July 2008
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This review is from: Spiderwick Collector's Trunk (Spiderwick Chronicle) (Hardcover)
I was really pleased with this set. The trunk is sturdy cardboard and has a hidden magnetic snap shut closure all along the front edge - slightly magical in the way it clunks shut. It is decorated on every side on the outside and on the inner lid.

The 5 story books are hardback about 100 pages long and as a nice touch the paper edges are uneven and different sizes to give them an old spooky book feel. It does make it a little difficult to turn the pages which may put off younger readers. The postcards are sealed together in sellophane and the 215+ page notebook is paperback.

It is slightly smaller than I imagined but a lovely looking set and would make an ideal gift (athough get Amazon to deliver to a gift address as it's very heavy).

The stories themselves are wonderfully magical and should appeal to any Harry Potter fan. They are wonderfully illustrated with black and white drawings but also a colour plate on each first page giving them an old book feel. The books are short but make wonderful stories to read aloud for children and easier books to finish for junior readers age 7+.

The books in the set are American versions - the prices are in dollars and the books themselves are full of American language like 'Mom' etc which is to be expected as the book is about 3 American children who move into a spooky house and get into dangerous adventures with all manner of mystical and magical creatures.

Highly Recommended.
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Initial post: 29 Dec 2008 15:02:23 GMT
Carolyn Mee says:
Uneven edges making it a nice spooky feel? Hmm. Not sure I agree with that. More like a fault in the production. The single books aren't like this...nor is the paperback notebook in this set. I would exercise caution with this item.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2008 20:34:21 GMT
debbie8355 says:
Actually owning this item I am 100% sure the books are meant to look like this. They are not 'untrimmed' pages and are not jagged or dangerous in any way so I don't think you need to exercise caution with this item. If on receipt you don't like the item and have a different view then by all means you can return the item with free postage to Amazon returns. If you a very cautious person then perhaps only buy this item from a retailer with a free returns policy. As I have answered to previous reviews on this item I believe it is meant to be a spooky old trunk set and the uneven pages compliment the old style cream paper (not modern white paper) and old style book plates. My children and I had no trouble turning the pages so I would still highly recommend this as a 5 star set. I've even given them as presents which I would never do if I thought they were faulty editions.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2009 13:09:44 GMT
Carolyn Mee says:
I do own this set. I bought it for my son for christmas and we are disappointed with it. It does look like it is a fault, not designed that way. We are in the process of trying to find out if it is meant to be like this. No response from publishers as yet. Nothing said in description about page edges.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2009 16:29:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Apr 2009 16:45:27 BDT
debbie8355 says:
Seems I was right as the product description now says 'Please note this is a rough cut edition, it is the intended nature of the finish of the pages to be slightly uneven.' I think the pages are great looking and match the set.

Wikipedia says in it's definition of rough-cut 'Rough cut is the practise of intentionally leaving the edges of the pages of a book or other publication in a rough "unfinished" state. There might be various reasons for doing this, but typically it is used to give a book a vintage appearance.'
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