Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You (Spiderwick Chronicles Series)

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Overview

It all began with a strange, mysterious correspondence left for authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black at a small New England bookstore. Written by three siblings, the letter told of their great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick and an unfinished tome filled with eyewitness accounts of creatures otherwise thought to be the stuff of legend. In the #1 New York Times bestselling serial the Spiderwick Chronicles, readers were enthralled by the account of the those siblings, Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace, as they ...

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Overview

It all began with a strange, mysterious correspondence left for authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black at a small New England bookstore. Written by three siblings, the letter told of their great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick and an unfinished tome filled with eyewitness accounts of creatures otherwise thought to be the stuff of legend. In the #1 New York Times bestselling serial the Spiderwick Chronicles, readers were enthralled by the account of the those siblings, Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace, as they battled dwarves, goblins, elves, and a diabolical ogre in their efforts to hold on to their uncle Spiderwick,s life work. Now, through the combined efforts of the Grace children and authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, Simon & Schuster is thrilled to present that work to you!
Beginning with a thoughtful and informative introduction, progressing through six exhaustive sections featuring thirty-one faerie species, and culminating with an addendum that includes observations supplied by Jared Grace, this long-awaited compendium to the worldwide Spiderwick phenomenon delivers enough information to satisfy even the most demanding faerie enthusiast. Not only will readers learn the habits and habitats of the fourteen fantastical creatures featured in the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling chapter books, but they will be delighted and astonished by an additional seventeen creatures. Also included are dozens of snippets from Arthur Spiderwick,s personal journal as well as cameos from a few series favorites.
With so much to offer, this book is destined to be pored over for generations to come!
www.spiderwick.com

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  • Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
    Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi  

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Fans will welcome new additions to favorite series. Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You "accurately restored and described" by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black includes many of the beliefs upon which the Spiderwick Chronicles are based, on parchment-like pages that resemble an authentic scientific journal. Devoted readers will delight in the statement, "It should be noted that the color red is protective, but faeries do not like the color and will shy away from it," for instance, as part of Spiderwick's list of "equipment and protection." Handwritten notes and abundant drawings bring to life a scientific classification system for Brownies ("family: homunculidae"), Pixies, Griffins and the like. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Beverly Melasi
Everything you ever want to know about goons and goblins is in this beautifully detailed, artistic book. Readers learn the names and habits of dozens of the mysterious (sometimes grotesque) creatures that enter our nightmares—and remain there! There are tons of colorful and informative pages of myths and folklore. From wailing banshees and gloomy gargoyles, to tricky phookas and creatures most of us do not want to talk about, the pages are filled with monsters that come in the daytime and others that go bump in the night. The book features thirty-one faeries, pixies, goblins, and ogres, and is the ultimate encyclopedia of a rather fantastical life. It will make a great research instrument for anyone who enjoys gothic fantasies. Who knows where the discoveries of what is learned in the pages of this book will lead? The book cover dares the reader to read this book, so peek inside with great care. Reviewer: Beverly Melasi
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This field guide purports to be a copy of Arthur Spiderwick's sketches and investigations into the beings and beasties of the "Invisible World"-the brownies, boggarts, kelpies, and other creatures that populate the stories. The beautiful illustrations in gouache and pencil, seemingly modeled after Audubon's work in Birds of America, are printed as if they were real century-old artworks that have left their shadowy imprints on the opposite pages. The descriptions are bits of Spiderwick's hard-learned lore, many apparently in his own handwriting, that make the art all the richer. Fantasy readers will love immersing themselves in the lore of the hidden-those things that only they, and people who are like them, can see. Field Guide will be pored over by anyone, of any age, who believes in sprites, phookas, and nixies.-Walter Minkel, New York Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689859410
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Series: Spiderwick Chronicles Series
  • Pages: 142
  • Sales rank: 122,105
  • Age range: 3 months - 11 years
  • Lexile: 1230L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Holly Black

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. She lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. Visit her at BlackHolly.com.

Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for more than a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.

Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for more than a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Letter from Arthur Spiderwick

Foreword by Tony DiTerlizzi

The Invisible World

The Sight

Equipment and Protection

List of Plates

Around the House and Yard

Brownies (Homunculidae)

Boggarts (Homunculidae)

Changelings (Circulifestidae)

Pixies (Pusillipraedonidae)

Salamanders (Flammieuntidae)

Stray Sod (Herbiformidae)

In Fields and Forests

Cockatrices (Serpentigentidae)

Elves (Circulifestidae)

Leprechauns (Ingeniosidae)

Manticores (Bestiadae)

Sprites (Cordimundidae)

Treefolk (Hamadryadidae)

Unicorns (Monoceratidae)

In Lakes, Streams, and the Sea

Kelpies (Equidae)

Merfolk (Sirenidae)

Nixies (Naiadidae)

Sea Serpents (Serpentimaridae)

Trolls (Nocturnidae)

In the Hills and Mountains

Dwarves (Brevihominidae)

Giants (Gigantidae)

Goblins (Adentidae)

Hobgoblins (Amicidiabolidae)

Knockers (Cavernahabentidae)

Ogres (Stultibrutidae)

In the Sky

Dragons (Draconidae)

Griffins (Mixtidae)

Phoenixes (Vetustidae)

Outside at Night

Banshees (Circulifestidae)

Gargoyles (Bestialapidae)

Phookas (Praestigiatoridae)

Will-o'-the-Wisps (Falsilucidae)

Addendum by Jared Grace

For Further Reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    My daughter loves this book!

    My daughter has consistently taken this book out of the library. I decided to just buy it. She keeps it near her bed and reads it almost daily.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

    Arthur Spiderwhick's Field Guide to the Fantastical world around You

    What a fantastic guide With all it's explanation of the differant invisable creture's

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2008

    Buy it or die!!!!!

    This book is so good, yes, you must buy it, you must buy it!, YOU MUST BUY IT!!!! only joking. but seriously do consider it, it is dead good. Dont watch the film, its awefull

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2008

    most asome book ever!!!

    This is the most outstanding book ever made in man kind!!! My kids love me to read it to them.We read it every night:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2008

    Inspiration for all fairy lovers

    The spiderwick chronicles has not only inspired me, but also many other people who love folklore and fairies. No other book has ever shown me that fairies are'nt always beautiful and freindly but creepy and dangerous creatures that roam the earth.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    Spiderwick is the BEST!

    I think this feild book is the greatest! It is so interesting to me about all of the different creatures that are inside it. I'm actually wondering if any of these creatures are real?! I know it sounds strange, but after you read the books and the felid guild you question it, is the world real? Well, I hope you read this awsome felid guild, it is so cool!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2008

    Giana sayin stuff

    this book is the best book in the whole world!!! can't wait to see the movie and dinish the 5th book. im in 5th grade. my teacher is reading the book to us!!!Love this book!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2008

    It's So Cool

    It has all the Spidewick series creatures and more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2008

    greatest book ever!!!!!!!

    it has awesome drawings and rich in data.which all sums up to best book ever!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2007

    I Loved This Book!

    I really enjoyed this book. After i read it, I started paying more attention to the world around me. I am glad to say I believe in all of these creatures stated in the book. If you like fantasy, I HIGHLY recommend this book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2006

    Fantastic!

    This is such a brilliant companion to most fantasy books. I referred to this field guide while reading Holly Black¿s Tithe and it just makes the experience so much more colorful and vivid. This book is such a treasure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2006

    Excellent Fantasy Book

    This book is an excellent compliment to the Spiderwick Chronicles. It is the fieldguide the children find in the chronicles. The book is filled with beautifully drawn pictures and detailed information on the creatures of the unseen world. The book is great because it's set up like an actual science field journal. Anyone who is interested in the magical realm - i.e. faeries, ogres, dragons and things of that nature- will love this book. Those not familiar will get drawn into the book and enjoy the detailed information. I couldn't put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2005

    EXCELLENT!

    This book was so interesting,I could not put it down.The illusttations were so well done,I even copied them one day.Thank you Tony and Holly for making a series like this.Please make more so I can read them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2005

    Great Book With Outstanding Pictures!!!

    After reading the series, I couldn't wait for this field guide to come out. After it came out and I bought it, I started to read the first chapter and was outstanded! This is officially one of the best books in the universe! The pictures are beautiful looking and the information makes you actually believe in the world of Faery. Everybody in the world should read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2005

    A Great Field Guide

    I have read the Spiderwick Chronicles in the past and have waited ever so patiently for this field guide to come out. Finally, it did and I am soo happy. As soon as I got money from report card grades, I ran out to WaldenBooks to buy it. It is soo good and detailed. Anyone who likes fantasy-like creatures and/or the Spiderwick Chronicles has to get this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2005

    Awesomenessh

    Indeed a fine piece of work! Splended drawings. Highly recommended to fans of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2005

    a hypothesized great picture book!

    oh my gosh! this is one of my favorite series! i suspect that it will be a good pictrue book. the art is filled with eloquence! The handwriting is exquisite! the cover is superb! Even though i've only read the first book in the series i'm 100% sure that this picture book will be a good one! and I admire the writing of Tony DiTerlizzi and the illistraions of Holly Black. Thank you so much Mr. DiTerlizzi and Mrs./Ms. Black for the wonderful story and art!

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