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review 2016-09-26 16:08
#TheSpiderwickChronicles: Bullseye
The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles Book 1) - Holly Black,Tony DiTerlizzi,Tony DiTerlizzi
The Seeing Stone (The Spiderwick Chronicles Book 2) - Holly Black,Tony DiTerlizzi,Tony DiTerlizzi
Lucinda's Secret (Spiderwick Chronicles, The) - Holly Black;Tony DiTerlizzi
The Ironwood Tree (The Spiderwick Chronicles) - Holly Black,Tony DiTerlizzi
The Wrath of Mulgarath (The Spiderwick Chronicles) - Holly Black,Tony DiTerlizzi

Two thumbs up for the Spiderwick Chronicles!

 

Fun. Short. Beautifully illustrated. Fairies, unicorns, elves, trolls, dwarves, goblins--all your standard fantasy creatures get some spotlight.

 

Hits the bulls eye for being content-accessible for their target audience without talking down to them. In my experience, that's really hard to do.

 

The grown up in me didn't like they were so short, but they seem to be right in the sweet spot for my 9-year-old to read independently.

 

Happy Reading!

 

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review 2016-08-23 00:41
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Completely Fantastical Edition
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Completely Fantastical Edition (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1-5) - Holly Black,Tony DiTerlizzi

This cute series about regular kids vs. magical creatures is best read back-to-back. The individual books are quite short and only deal with one or two conflicts while the main conflict is gradually built up to, with books 1-4 ending in foreshadowing of conflicts to come. The tone and reading level is probably upper middle grade rather than young adult, but there’s quite a bit of violence and the resulting trauma is only touched upon ever so lightly. There’s not much in the way of character development, which is a downside when reading the series as one book, but it’s got a classic fairy tale vibe that I quite liked. I noticed minimal typos (yay!) and I threw on an extra half star for the lovely illustrations and the extras included in the back matter (short stories and more sketches).

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review 2015-03-26 23:58
The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1: The Field Guide - Holly Black,Tony DiTerlizzi

Such a cool book!

I absolutely loved the illustrations. They really brought the words to life.

This book is one of those perfect pieces of literature that, while written for young readers, can be enjoyed by adults as well. This is truly a book for all ages.

I have seen the movie adaptation of the series (three times, in fact) but I am still frantic to start the second book to find out what happens next.

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review 2015-03-19 00:00
Lucinda's Secret (Spiderwick Chronicles - 3)
Lucinda's Secret (Spiderwick Chronicles - 3) - Holly Black The gang go to visit Lucinda, the 'mad' great aunt of the three children and she tells her story of the magical creatures she has encountered to the kids, which gives us a pretty neat backstory. The first half wasn't a lot of direct action and the second half was kind of slow but the book as a whole was lovely. Middle books are always tricky.

Review originally posted on Imogen’s Typewriter.
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review 2015-03-18 00:00
Seeing Stone (Spiderwick Chronicles)
Seeing Stone (Spiderwick Chronicles) - Holly Black In this book we meet new creatures like goblins, a hobgoblin and a griffin. And there's even more Thimbletack from the first book who speaks only in rhyme which is adorable. My favourite had to be; "A human boy is like a snake. His promises are easy to break." Thimbletack speaks the truth!
The books go from strength to strength, this one focuses more on external threats. Mallory, who is one of my favourite female fictional characters, she makes me want to start fencing, comes to the defence of her brothers despite them not getting along much. The family dynamic of siblings is spot on, as is the story.

Review originally posted on Imogen’s Typewriter.
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