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The Spiderwick Chronicles: Books 1-5: Book 1: The Field Guide; Book 2: The Seeing Stone; Book 3: Lucinda's Secret; Book 4: The Ironwood Tree; Book 5: The Wrath of Mulgarath Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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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 the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Holly Black spent her early yearts in a decaying Victorian mansion where her mother fed her a steady diet of ghost stories and faerie tale. An avid collector of rare foldlore volumes, spooky dolls, and crazy hats, she lives in West Long Branch, New Jersey, with her husband, Theo. Visit her website at www.blackholly.com.

Tony DiTerlizzi is a "New York Times "bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for more than a decade. 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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Spiderwick Chronicles
  • Audio CD: 5 pages
  • Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739356151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739356159
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Format: Hardcover
My boys & I have finished reading the last of this thriling five title series THE WRATH OF MULGRATH and I must say we are sorry the Grace children's story is not continuing. This series is an easy quick read that keeps the kids asking for more, so we will start reading them over and over again. The box set which includes The Field Guide, The Seeing Stone, Lucinda's Secret, The Ironwood Tree and the last book newly released, The Wrath of Mulgrath is in a very attractive gift box. The books are all durable hardbacks, wonderfully illustrated and make a GREAT gift. I highly recommend.
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I enjoyed the storyline and the whimsical way that it tied all the characters together. Not a Harry potter adventure, but one that holds your interest. Quick, easy read that should be enjoyed by all who read it.

Characters remain constant throughout all five books, and the storyline is easy to follow.
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Format: Hardcover
My son was less than enthusiastic about reading until he got his hands on these books. We had a lot of trouble finding books that were interesting and exciting that were written for mid-level readers (My son was a 3rd grader when we bought the 1st four books). He wasn't quite ready for Harry Potter and ...Unfortunate Events. He read the whole Spiderwick series in a week and it built his confidence and enthusiasm to the point that he now (7 months later) LOVES to read just about anything we hand him. I would (and do) reccommend these books to all of my friends!
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