The Spiderwick Chronicles 1: The Field Guide - Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black

I'd seen The Spiderwick Chronicles in stores and at the library before and thought it looked like another kids' series along the lines of "A Series of Unfortunate Events." There's three kids and a sort of "don't read this book!" sort of stuff on the cover, and I just figured it for a knock-off and never checked it out. Just recently I noticed that there's a movie coming out soon and thought, well, maybe I'll give it a shot.

I got the first book from the library and read it in a day. More like in less than an hour. It's only about a hundred pages long (including the illustrations), which is really not long enough to establish the characters and give much suspense before the book ends. Basically it's about the Grace family who move back into this old ramshackle mansion after the parents divorce. The kids come across a book about faeries and other magical creatures, which seems to explain some of the mysterious goings-on that have occurred at the house.

For pretty young readers, I suppose it's okay, but I would probably steer them towards a few other better series first. It's such a lightweight book (which costs as much as a volume from "A Series of Unfortunate Events") that I'm sure there are better buys.

Fed to jonathan's brain | September 24, 2007 | Comments (1)


good book...

Posted by: weasle unknown at November 17, 2007 06:23 AM

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