Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide: To the Fantastic World Around You (SPIDERWICK CHRONICLE) Hardcover – 3 Oct 2005
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Spiderwick fans will adore this gorgeous guidebook to the fantastical creatures featured in Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi's spectacular series. The superdeluxe, lavishly illustrated "field guide" features 142 information-packed pages, 41 full-color plates, 6 spectacular gatefolds, 6 watercolor landscapes, scores of black-and-white and color sketches, and enough information to satisfy even the most demanding faerie enthusiast. Not only will readers learn all about the 14 fantastical creatures featured in the series, but they'll be delighted and astonished by an additional 15 creatures featured in this elaborate volume--including mermaids, gargoyles, and more. And if that weren't enough, we've included dozens of snippets from Arthur Spiderwick's personal journal--information that links the Guide specifically to the Spiderwick Chronicles--as well as cameos from a few of the series' favorite characters.
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About the Author
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
It makes them [faerie] so real!
10/10! Bravo! En-Core! Well Done!
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.
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.
The sections are:
Around the House and Yard:
In Fields and Forests:
In Lakes, Streams and the Sea:
In the Hills and Mountains:
In the Sky:
Outside at Night:
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a beautiful book, my only gripe was the outer cover a little ribbon and a wax seal would have made such a difference
The inner cover looked better , but still one of the... Read more
This is such a lovely, magical book. Really great for kids and as an adult I'm even enjoying it...!Published 22 days ago by Claire
Not as pictured, I received it with a different colour, but it's lovely all the same :) such lovely artwork!!Published 4 months ago by kayleigh
I was sceptical at first because (even though I love Spiderwick) it didn't show how long the book was. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
fabulous book was a gift, and recipient loved the book - super fast delivery as wellPublished 6 months ago by Sharan King
It took a while to come and the cover was ripped.
But the book itself is beautiful. I've wanted this since I was a kid, it's came handy for my illustration course.
Lovely book. However I would say don't order if you have your heart set on the cover in the image as mine arrived with a different cover.Published 8 months ago by Sean Aherne