Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You

Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You

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by Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
     
 

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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<

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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!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - 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 - 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:
9781416954286
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
01/01/2005

Meet the Author

Tony DiTerlizzi is co-creator and illustrator of the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles, the author and illustrator of Jimmy Zangwow's Out-of-this-World MoonPie Adventure, as well as the Zena Sutherland Award winning Ted. His brilliantly cinematic version of Mary Howitt's classic The Spider and The Fly earned Tony his second Zena Sutherland Award, and recieved a Caldecott Honor. Tony's art has also graced the covers of such well-known fantasy writers as Peter S. Beagle, J. R. R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, and Greg Bear. He has also made significant contributions to Dungeons and Dragons and Wizards of the Coast's Magic; The Gathering. His first chapter book, Kenny & the Dragon debuted as a New York Times Best Seller. He lives with his wife, Angela and their daughter in Western Massachusetts and Jupiter, FL. Visit Tony on the web at diterlizzi.com.

Holly Black's first book, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, was an ALA Top Ten Book for Teens, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and has been translated into twelve languages. Her second teen novel, Valiant, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Locus Magazine Recommended Read, and a recipient of the Andre Norton Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Her third teen novel, Ironside, the sequel to Tithe, was a New York Times bestseller. Her new novel, White Cat, is coming Summer 2010. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. Visit Holly at www.blackholly.com.

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Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
avidreader57jc More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic guide With all it's explanation of the differant invisable creture's
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It has all the Spidewick series creatures and more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it has awesome drawings and rich in data.which all sums up to best book ever!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.