Friday, November 2, 2012
Posted by Paula Mitchell with No comments
Author: Tony DiTerlizi & Holly Black
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Series: The Spiderwick Chronicles #1
When the three Grace children -- Mallory, Jared, and Simon -- and their mom move into Aunt Lucinda's old house, readers know there's magic afoot. The kids uncover a nest of assembled junk, and on a visit to the secret library via the dumbwaiter, Jared finds a note describing "my secret to all mankind." After a few mysterious pranks that get blamed on Jared, the boy finally digs up the real prize: Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You. Fortunately enough, the kids meet one of the critters listed in the guide -- a brownie named Thimbletack -- who makes it all "real" and helps provide the book's suspenseful conclusion: "'Throw the book away, toss it in a fire. If you do not heed, you will draw their ire.'"
This was a great start in the series. We meet the Grace Children Mallory, Jared and Simon who move into their Aunt Lucinda's house where strange things are happening from scratching in the walls to a trashed kitchen, and Mallory's hair being tied to the bed post. Jared gets blamed for all of it, he finds a book that belonged to Arthur Spiderwick and it explains all the weird goings on to a degree. I really enjoyed this story, one I think all kids would love to enter into.
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