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The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Complete Series Paperback – May 7, 2013
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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 DiTerlizzi.com.
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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 sketches, 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).
- 5 pen & ink spot illustrations now reproduced on the Table of Contents pages (b2/p86, b3/p30, b4/p33, b5/p55, b5/p72).
- 4 pen & ink spot illustrations now reproduced as full-page illustrations with more artwork (b1/p22, b3/p77, b4/p66, b5/p129).
- 9 pen & ink spot illustrations reproduced in gray ink, enlarged and cropped for use on title pages (b1/p2&3, b2/p11, b2/p25, b2/p31, b3/p85, b4/p66, b4/p73, b5/p74-75).
- 1 pen & ink illustration from the Table of Contents chapters list.
- "Griffin vs. Dragon" image from the book spines. It's reproduced within the book in black & white and on the spine of the book (under the dust jacket) as well.
* The boggart picture from b1/p69 now has reproductions of the text from the Field Guide book instead of the original text.
- 95 of the 105 pen & ink spot illustrations that originally peppered the text.
- Main Title pen & ink illustration (used in all 5 books).
- 1 pen & ink illustration from the Table of Contents illustrations list.
- 1 "End of Book" pen & ink illustration.
- "A. Spiderwick" silhouette pen & ink portrait from the teaser at the end of Book 4 (all other teasers portraits were reused from elsewhere in the books).
- 2 pen & ink artist & author portraits.
- All 5 color cover paintings
- All text and art from the backs of the books
- All color paintings done from the box set's slipcase (inside & out)
- All watercolored pen & ink illustrations included at the front of each book.
- All color prints inserted in each book (the note (b1/p51), the newspaper article (b2/p51), the drawing (b3/p82), the letter (b4/p51), the watercolor study (b5/last page).
- Hogsqueal pen & ink illustration from "cereal" books 2 & 3 (cb2/p59, cb3/p59).
- "The Boggart" pen & ink portrait from "cereal" books 1-3 (slightly modified version of b1/p69).
- "Sprite" pen & ink portrait from "cereal" book 3 (slightly modified from the "Basic Sprite Body" in the Care and Feeding of Sprites book, but cropped a little and featuring wings and "clothes" that are not on the original drawing).
- "The Grace Kids" pen & ink portrait from "cereal" books 1-3. It is primarily a composite/cropping of their three separate portraits (b1/p2, b1/p3 & b1/p16), but has been redrawn slightly to give Mallory a different shirt. This is similar to, but not the same as, the colored portrait from the back of box set's slipcase.
- Field Guide text entries from the back of "cereal" book 2 ("Goblins" and "Brownies")
- Field Guide text entries from the back of "cereal" book 3 ("Hobgoblins" and "Griffins")
- Modified letter used on the back of all three "cereal" books.
- 2 watercolored pen & ink illustrations used as covers for "cereal" books 2 & 3. (The first book used the same watercolored pen & ink illustration from inside of Book 2).
The Spiderwick books read like a journal converted to a story. The stories are short, easy on the eyes and mind, and very entertaining. The vocabularly is not dumbed down too much; there are some challenging words and passages for young readers. Highly recommended for kids starting to broaden their reading skills and kids who enjoy fantasy elements.
This boxed set is a good buy: the box, binding, and books are solid and compact; the set will easily fit under a ten inch shelf. The books are small hardcovers with detailed artwork, drawings, and parchment-style paper.
Oh, and if the movie was interesting to you or your kids, the books will be a zillion times more entertaining.
There are 5 books and from the looks in it - it's the completed series (despite 2 spin-off books).
The quality of print is very good, the font is large. The illustrations are lovely and also printed well.
The paper sleve is rather thin and easy to fold but it is not a problem as long as books stay inside.
The stories are great and easy-to-read and simple to nonnative-speaker.