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

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

by Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black


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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....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416960959
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Series: Spiderwick Chronicles Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 142
Sales rank: 106,414
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 1230L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 11 Years

About the Author

Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for fifteen years. 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

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 Tales series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The Darkest Part of the Forest, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), and the Folk of the Air series. 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

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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Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You (Spiderwick Chronicles Series) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 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.
Caritoram More than 1 year ago
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.
avidreader57jc More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic guide With all it's explanation of the differant invisable creture's
jaxmad13 More than 1 year ago
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.
Abby More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so freakin awesome.You can't belive.Only if it was all real.
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
I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read the rest of the series
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
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
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
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
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!!
jeunlee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jared, Simon, Mallory and their mom moved to a new house where their great uncle and aunt Lucinda lived, but it seems like something secret is in this house.I will suggest this book to people who have watched the movie Spiderwick.
AnnieHidalgo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves this book. I think I would have loved it too at her age, because it reminds me of all those good old fantastic (in the sense of being fantasy) kids' books, like Gnomes, or Mudpies and Other Recipes, the kind of just-in-case-there-really-are-fairies-in-the-garden books I loved at Bella's age. But as an adult, I have to admit that the Spiderwick franchise has an aura of being created for Hollywood. It doesn't lessen its appeal to actual children, though.
Wosret on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A gorgeous book, and fantastic companion to The Spiderwick Chronicles. It's a bit of a misnomer to call it a companion, though, as this is the book that started it all (even if it was published afterwards). The novels are more like an introduction for this book!I love that it's not only a bestiary (with beautiful illustrations), but that the beasts described within are somewhat unusual. Yes, there is a unicorn, but it doesn't exactly look like a horse with a horn on its head. Only the sprites are even close to resembling the sanitized fairies we've convinced ourselves are harmless and even benevolent.Study this guide not so that you can go looking for these creatures, but so that you can be sure to steer clear. Fairies are trouble!
Mindelan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was absalutely fantastic. Almost definitely the best book I ever read. I would recomend it to almost anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
love2read46 More than 1 year ago
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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