Care and Feeding of Sprites (Spiderwick Chronicles Series)

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Got Sprites?

Many would have you believe that sprites (or "fairies" as they're often called) are sweet and pretty and ultimately peaceful creatures. But don't let the carefree nature of these dazzling beguilers fool you. Because while they do make for awesome pets (or, if you prefer, companions), these are not creatures to be handled lightly. So forget everything you know — or think you know — about sprites, and listen to the experts from the International Sprite League as they,...

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Overview

Got Sprites?

Many would have you believe that sprites (or "fairies" as they're often called) are sweet and pretty and ultimately peaceful creatures. But don't let the carefree nature of these dazzling beguilers fool you. Because while they do make for awesome pets (or, if you prefer, companions), these are not creatures to be handled lightly. So forget everything you know — or think you know — about sprites, and listen to the experts from the International Sprite League as they, with the assistance of the creative team that brought you the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles, provide a resource that will prove to be as essential for the novice sprite keeper as a strong cage and eyes in the back of his or her head.

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  • Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
    Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi  

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
The authors of the popular "Spiderwick" series provide their avid readers with an incredibly useful guide to the care and feeding of sprites. This important text provides interested readers and potential sprite owners with detailed illustrations of seventeen types of sprites and their various good and bad habits. Boxed "right" and "wrong" boxes provide specific hints on how to handle the various sprites. The narrative of the text has a great deal of humor as the authors deal with such topics as how to obtain a sprite, how to figure out the gender of your sprite, how to tell the difference between a sprite and other magical entities, and how sprites may feel. The beautifully-colored and detailed illustrations of sprites themselves, as well as additional illustrations underscore many of the points and tips offered by the authors, official members of the International Sprite League. Finally, the thick cover of the book is actually a poster that avid sprite fans can hang up in their rooms. This is a definite winner for Spiderwick fans!
Kirkus Reviews
Jacketed in a large, folded, glow-in-the-dark poster, this guide for prospective sprite owners features a suite of minutely detailed, full-body portraits paired with cogent advice on selecting, obtaining (legally), housing, feeding and showing the finger-sized creatures. Distinctly insect-like in appearance, with wings, faceted eyes ("Sprites see in a manner that could be compared to looking at a wall of televisions, with several turned to different channels"), ornate coloration on chitinous bodies, but humanoid facial features, sprites come in a rich assortment of types. They range from the Rackham Sprite (a bit of homage there) to the Glowing Toadfly, and make rewarding, if invariably mischievous, pets-far less dangerous than, for instance, boggarts or will-o-the-wisps. This diverting vade mecum ends with an entry on the International Sprite League, which confirmed Spiderwickians will be strongly tempted to join. (Nonfiction. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416927570
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 12/26/2006
  • Series: Spiderwick Chronicles Series
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 351,628
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2008

    Care And Feeding Of Sprites Rules

    This book is amazing and origional. This informational book is a great way to learn how to take care of a sprite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2008

    great book

    great book most of the things in there ive seen myself!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2008

    This book was a great companion to the Chronicles!

    I read the series along with my 9yr. old son and we both enjoyed this along with the other 5 books. He has read and reread the book, picked his favorite Sprite and re-picked several times! We both highly recommend this book!

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