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Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You (The Spiderwick Chronicles) Hardcover – November 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1230L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Spiderwick Chronicles
  • Hardcover: 121 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689859414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689859410
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Spiderwick fans will adore this gorgeous guidebook to the fantastical creatures featured in Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi's spectacular series. The superdeluxe, lavishly illustrated "field guide" features 142 information-packed pages, 41 full-color plates, 6 spectacular gatefolds, 6 watercolor landscapes, scores of black-and-white and color sketches, and enough information to satisfy even the most demanding faerie enthusiast. Not only will readers learn all about the 14 fantastical creatures featured in the series, 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.



From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6–This field guide purports to be a copy of Arthur Spiderwicks 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 Audubons 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 Spiderwicks 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
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Maurice on October 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The artwork in this book is absolutely incredible! Every page is a delight for the eyes and no doubt will be treasured by lucky children everywhere for years to come! Gorgeous work-you couldn't possibly be disappointed in this book!!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on November 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Do you hear something knocking on the walls of your house at night? Do you keep losing bobby pins, pencils, or spools of thread? Have you woken up to find that all the laces of your shoes are tied together and that your dog has a large bald spot on its head? If you answered "yes" to any or all of these questions, then there can be no doubt that you have a member of the faerie world living in your home. Is it a boggart, a brownie, or a knocker? What do these mysterious creatures look like?

Within the pages of this remarkable guide you will find the answers to these and many other questions. Without a doubt this is one of the most comprehensive and fascinating books of its kind. Co-authors Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi have taken pages from Arthur Spiderwick's famous Guide and used them to create a book that is beautiful to look at and full of valuable and useful information. Where else will you learn how to stay on the right side of a brownie, and how else will you know that the gargoyles you see on buildings may in fact be alive?

Packed with luscious color illustrations and numerous pencil sketches, this book is a must for fans of The Spiderwick Chronicles. Readers of all ages will get lost in the pages (some of which fold out to reveal beautiful illustrations) and in no time will be convinced that they indeed are looking at the life's work of Arthur Spiderwick, which thankfully has been reproduced here by the talented duo of Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi.

--- Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber, editor of Through The Looking Glass Children's Book Review ([...])
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Bennett VINE VOICE on June 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! I can look through it over and over again and never get tired of the beautiful illustrations. This illustrated book ties into the Spiderwick Chronicles books. It is the actual field guide that they talk about in this series that all of the fantasy creatures are trying to get ahold of. It is not supposed to be in human hands. No telling what the humans would do if they knew their secrets!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ethan maccione on February 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book was extremley missleading , we have the orignal Aurther Spiderwick's field guide to the fantastical world around you which is FANTASTIC! but this says it is the movie 'tie -in edition' so I thought it would have picture etc relating to the movie , but the cover is different and the book inside is exactly the same as the origin,which is a wonderful book so if you havent already got it ,its great ,but dont be mistaken like me and expect a different book and end up with 2 the same and a dissappointed child
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sion Rodriguez y Gibson on October 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
While a little too old for the Spiderwick Chronicles themselves I can appreciate an interesting and detailed world for a series of children's novels. And I can always appreciate Mr.DiTerlizzi's art.

This is good stuff and lets you see another world.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I own the Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide. My Dad and I are trying to finish all the books and after we finish them, we will rent the movie and see how the movie is.

This book is really helpful, because it shows you what the actual field guide that Jared has in the books. It's fun to see and hold what Jared can see and hold.

The book has different sections showing the many different Spiderwicks (Faeries). In the table of contents you will see there's different kinds of creatures like elves, pixies and other spiderwicks.

The first character in the Spiderwick Field Guide book is Thimbletack the brownie. Thimbletack is the first spiderwick that Jared and his twin brother Simon and his older sister Mallory meet.

I would recommend this field guide to other people who are reading the Spiderwick Chronicles.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bart King on August 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was not familiar with Holly Black's prose or Tony DiTerlizzi's artwork before purchasing this book. I am familiar with quality, however, and acting on a suggestion from a trusted source (a Nixie, if you must know), I got a copy of the FIELD GUIDE as a gift to some youngsters (who are also of the highest quality).

Leafing through it (okay, poring), I experienced a sense of grief that I was giving the book away. It's that good. In fact, I'm idly contemplating getting a second volume of this FIELD GUIDE for myself, though it may look curious next to Brautigan's TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cat on December 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I've been looking forward to the release of this book for some time and am so happy that it lives up to my expecations. It's simply gorgeous and is now one of my most treasured illustrated books. It fits beautifully with the novels and I look forward to more books in this series.

There are several fold-out pages which illustrate some of the fantastical creatures in the book. One of these pages folds upwards (vertically) instead of sideways (horizontally), and so you must be careful to hold the book flat, or the page will rip in the corner.
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