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The Completely Fantastical Edition: The Field Guide; The Seeing Stone; Lucinda's Secret; The Ironwood Tree; The Wrath of Mulgarath (Spiderwick Chronicles) Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 6, 2009

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Series: Spiderwick Chronicles
  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416986855
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,242,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


New York Times Book Review With their evocative gothic-style pencil drawings and color illustrations, rhyming riddles, supernatural lore, and well-drawn characters, these books read like old-fashioned ripping yarns. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Tony DiTerlizzi is the author of The Search for WondLa and A Hero for WondLa. He is also the co-creator and illustrator of the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles and the author and illustrator of Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure as well as the Zena Sutherland Award–winning Ted. His brilliantly cinematic version of Mary Howitt’s classic The Spider and The Fly earned Tony his second Zena Sutherland Award and also received a Caldecott Honor. Tony’s art has also graced the covers of such well-known fantasy writers as Peter S. Beagle, J. R. R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, and Greg Bear. His first chapter book, Kenny & the Dragon, debuted as a New York Times bestseller. He lives with his wife Angela and their daughter in Western Massachusetts and Jupiter, Florida. Visit Tony online at DiTerlizzi.com.

Holly Black is the author of The Curse Workers series: White Cat, Red Glove, and Black Heart; The Poison Eaters: And Other Stories; and the Modern Faerie Tales: Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside. She is an editor of Zombies vs. Unicorns, and she collaborated with Tony DiTerlizzi on the bestselling Spiderwick series. Holly lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, and you can visit her at BlackHolly.com.

Customer Reviews

Can't wait to finish reading the series.
O.G. Readmore
I can only speak for the first book I read, but the story is very interesting and easy to comprehend especially for any child with reading difficulties.
I have a 7 year old & a 5 year old, and we have read the books aloud to them.
Kim Patton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

288 of 318 people found the following review helpful By Mother of 3 on February 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My kids love fantasy, but if the book's too scary it can give them nightmares. So,when I'm unsure of the series, I'll read it myself first. I just finished reading all 5 of the Spiderwick books. There were some unique ideas in them, and they were entertaining. But my kids wouldn't be able to handle the part where cats were roasted and eaten by goblins, and they wouldn't like the idea of a cow being chained down while baby dragons nurse from her with sharp teeth until she's bloody. It was too gross for me, and I know that it would be too upsetting for my kids. I am not going to give these to my kids, and honestly, I'm not sure what to do with my copies.

I can recommend the following fantasy books: Magyk by Angie Sage, or the Enchanted Forest Chronicles (4 books) by Patricia Wrede.
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203 of 223 people found the following review helpful By Steve Slater on March 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I wasn't sure how to rate this book because it is wonderful for one audience, disappointing for another.

I generally love children's books - Harry Potter and all that lot, you know. I expected another delightful fairy-tale-ish story suitable for both adults and children. However, the writing style was very plain and simple with a small vocabulary, and each book read like one short chapter of a longer book. I never forgot that I was reading a book made for children. Also, the main characters were a little bit irritating with all of their bickering - constantly telling each other to shut up. I suppose that is how it really is with siblings, but I didn't enjoy reading their arguments much. It had a nice plot, but again, very simple.

That was for all you grown-ups looking for a fresh read.

For kids, I expect this book would be marvelous. The illustrations are very good and plentiful, and the writing style is easy to understand and follow - just right for kids reading on their own. The fairy-tale creatures introduced are actual creatures they will have heard of (elves, trolls, hobgoblins), but with their own personalities for the story. The plot is original and complete; all the loose ends get tied up. I know I would have loved it when I was seven or so.

Buy it for all your young relatives.
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84 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on December 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
THE FIELD GUIDE: BOOK 1 - The Grace children - nine-year-old twins, Simon and Jared, and their thirteen-year-old sister, Mallory - are as different as night and day, seeing as how Simon is busy with his menagerie of pets, Mallory practices her fencing 24/7, and Jared has been labeled a troublemaker. But each of the three children all agree on one thing when they arrive at their new home, the Spiderwick Estate - it's a dilapidated, old shack. But within a short time, the three children realize that the Spiderwick Estate is more than meets the eye. For it is home to various mythical creatures who are all after one very important thing - Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You. A book which Jared is guarding with his life, and will not give up without a fight.

THE SEEING STONE: BOOK 2 - When Simon Grace's cat disappears, Jared simply thinks that the cat has wandered off on an excursion, and refuses to help Simon locate the missing animal. But when Jared discovers an old seeing glass - monocle - that gives him the ability to see strange and magical creatures around him, he realizes that Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide was absolutely right, and soon sees something amazing: Simon being pulled into the forest by a group of goblins. Now it's up to Jared and his older sister, Mallory, to make their way through the creepy forest, encountering goblins, an injured griffin, a terrifying troll, and a baby-toothed hobgoblin with a very interesting way of giving humans the "sight," in an attempt to save their kidnapped brother, before it's too late.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Marc Richardson on December 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The short review: If you like the stories, and are not attached to the illustrations, or if you are somebody who just wants to read the book, but again, are not overly concerned about illustrations peppering the text, this book is great. The book is slightly larger than the other editions by a inch in height and a half inch in width (it's roughly the size of an old Book Club edition hardcover). Printing quality is good and the new cover is pretty and makes wonderful use of spot-varnishing (where some parts are glossier than others). In addition to the full text of all 5 books, it has the 3 "lost chapters" that were put out as three small paperbacks in cereal boxes to promote the film a couple of years ago. It also has 42 beautiful pages of sketches, drawings and notes from the artist, as well as 17 pin-ups by other artists.

However, for die-hard collectors, or lovers of the artwork in these books, you will want this new edition, but don't sell your individual books or throw those "cereal" books on ebay just yet.

Here's an OCD-friendly list of what's been reproduced or not reproduced in the new collected edition.

** specific references use the format Book/Page (i.e. b1/p22 means Book 1, page 22). The "cereal books are "cb" instead of "b" **


- Full text of all five volumes.
- Full text of all three "cereal" books.
- Map (now reproduced in dark blue as the endpapers).
- Introductory letters (same ones that appeared in all 5 books).
- 42 new pages of skethces, drawing and notes from the artist
- 17 new pin-ups done by other artists

- all pen & ink full-page illustrations *
- 1 pen & ink spot illustration reproduced in the main text (b5/p124).
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