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

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The superdeluxe, lavishly illustrated, impeccably produced centerpiece to the mega-bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles is on its way! With 142 information-packed pages, 41 fabulous full-color plates, 6 spectatular gatefolds, 6 sumptuous watercolor landscapes, scores of black-and-white and color sketches, and enough information to satisfy even the most demanding faerie enthusiast, this book is destined to be pored over for generations...

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Overview

Are you ready for the book that started it all?

The superdeluxe, lavishly illustrated, impeccably produced centerpiece to the mega-bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles is on its way! With 142 information-packed pages, 41 fabulous full-color plates, 6 spectatular gatefolds, 6 sumptuous watercolor landscapes, scores of black-and-white and color sketches, and enough information to satisfy even the most demanding faerie enthusiast, this book is destined to be pored over for generations to come. From clever and informative introductory sections explaining essential preparations for your own faerie investigations and faerie world basics, to 6 exhaustive sections featuring 31 fabulous faerie species, to an addendum created by Jared Grace, this long-awaited companion to the worldwide phenomenon more than delivers.

Not only will readers learn all about the 14 fantastical creatures featured in the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling chapter books, 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.

So get prepared! Their world is closer than you think....

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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: 9781416960959
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Spiderwick Chronicles Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 142
  • Sales rank: 71,382
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony DiTerlizzi

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.

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.

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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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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Great Piece of Art

    This book is amazing... the illustrations are just beautiful and is also full of very interesting information about magic creatures. For those who love fantasy this is a great book that will open up your imagination and the illustrations will make you believe...
    Very smart and very well sourced... I totally recommend this book for people who loves magic and fantasy and also for illustrators because is a great way to open your imagination and get inspired.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

    This book is awesome.

    I bought this book for my 4 year old grandson who loves the movie. When he received the book he was so excited and whenever he watches the movie he carries it with him everywhere. The characters in the book are also in the movie and he just loves that. The illustrations of the characters are so real and the information about these characters is so interesting. If you love the movie I would recommend that you get the book to go along with it. They did a great job with this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2009

    Spiderwick

    I have not read this book yet but I have watched the movie, and I was wondering does it tell you how to make a Protective Circle like in the movie? and is it any good?

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2009

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    Beautiful coffee table addition!

    This book is just beautiful it looks exactly like if someone had handwritten and drawn the pages within. It is a work of art that would be enjoyed by all generations. This book helps to educate its readers in the fantasy world and will cause one to look into the folklore of other countries.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2011

    I LOVE it!!

    I love this book! It's full of info on what might be out there. The spiiderwick books have their own shelf on my book shelf :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2008

    Awesome book

    This book is so freakin awesome.You can't belive.Only if it was all real.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2008

    a great series

    I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read the rest of the series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2008

    spiderwick #1

    this is the best book in the history of books i love it and i bet anyone will love it this book is real and all its creatures

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    the place is real

    the place is real because in the interveiw they that it was real and the people how said they saw it just change their names

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2008

    A reviewer

    the second you open the book you will be drounding in information that invallvs protecting your self from the unsean world. It allso includes information on over 30 magical creaturs from cover to cover you will love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2008

    amazing books

    this book is a one of a kind feild guide to fantastical creatures such as the phoenix, my favorite, the giant, goblin, ogre, dwarf, you name it, this has it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Very well done.

    Totally fascinating! Adults and the 11 year old were thoroughly impressed and fascinated by the book. I suspect the recipient will spend many weeks reading and rereading the Book.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    If your child likes fairies, nymphs and fanciful creatures, this book is for them!

    This is a beautifully illustrated book to accompany the Spiderwick series. There are several fold out pages that my child loves to look at. It is written in a field guide format that allows your child to imagine that they too can find fairies, nymphs and bogarts in their yard. My 9 year old son and his friends have worn out this book at their school library and I purchased it as a replacement for the school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2008

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    The SpiderWick Feild Guide is so cool it has every thing of SpiderWick in it I highly recomend it. Ethan Williams

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2008

    A reviewer

    It is really real. I want to read that book soo much because I can learn everything about morgrats and golblines and sprites and other creatures. That is just soo cool.I just want to look into that seeing stone soo I can find a lot of creatures roaming inside my house.I just want to see creatures and read that book really bad.

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