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It all began with a strange, mysterious correspondence left for authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black at a small New England bookstore. Written by three siblings, the letter told of their great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick and an unfinished tome filled with eyewitness accounts of creatures otherwise thought to be the stuff of legend. In the #1 New York Times bestselling It all began with a strange, mysterious correspondence left for authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black at a small New England bookstore. Written by three siblings, the letter told of their great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick and an unfinished tome filled with eyewitness accounts of creatures otherwise thought to be the stuff of legend. In the #1 New York Times bestselling serial the Spiderwick Chronicles, readers were enthralled by the account of the those siblings, Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace, as they battled dwarves, goblins, elves, and a diabolical ogre in their efforts to hold on to their uncle Spiderwick,s life work. Now, through the combined efforts of the Grace children and authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, Simon & Schuster is thrilled to present that work to you! Beginning with a thoughtful and informative introduction, progressing through six exhaustive sections featuring thirty-one faerie species, and culminating with an addendum that includes observations supplied by Jared Grace, this long-awaited compendium to the worldwide Spiderwick phenomenon delivers enough information to satisfy even the most demanding faerie enthusiast. Not only will readers learn the habits and habitats of the fourteen fantastical creatures featured in the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling chapter books, but they will be delighted and astonished by an additional seventeen creatures. Also included are dozens of snippets from Arthur Spiderwick,s personal journal as well as cameos from a few series favorites. With so much to offer, this book is destined to be pored over for generations to come!


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It all began with a strange, mysterious correspondence left for authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black at a small New England bookstore. Written by three siblings, the letter told of their great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick and an unfinished tome filled with eyewitness accounts of creatures otherwise thought to be the stuff of legend. In the #1 New York Times bestselling It all began with a strange, mysterious correspondence left for authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black at a small New England bookstore. Written by three siblings, the letter told of their great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick and an unfinished tome filled with eyewitness accounts of creatures otherwise thought to be the stuff of legend. In the #1 New York Times bestselling serial the Spiderwick Chronicles, readers were enthralled by the account of the those siblings, Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace, as they battled dwarves, goblins, elves, and a diabolical ogre in their efforts to hold on to their uncle Spiderwick,s life work. Now, through the combined efforts of the Grace children and authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, Simon & Schuster is thrilled to present that work to you! Beginning with a thoughtful and informative introduction, progressing through six exhaustive sections featuring thirty-one faerie species, and culminating with an addendum that includes observations supplied by Jared Grace, this long-awaited compendium to the worldwide Spiderwick phenomenon delivers enough information to satisfy even the most demanding faerie enthusiast. Not only will readers learn the habits and habitats of the fourteen fantastical creatures featured in the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling chapter books, but they will be delighted and astonished by an additional seventeen creatures. Also included are dozens of snippets from Arthur Spiderwick,s personal journal as well as cameos from a few series favorites. With so much to offer, this book is destined to be pored over for generations to come!

30 review for Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You

  1. 5 out of 5

    daisy

    4.5 nostalgia-filled stars. I said this in my first reading update, but this book is what made me want to start drawing when I was a kid. The illustrations are all gorgeous and I fell in love not only with the idea of being able to draw like that myself one day, but also with all of the folklore within. This one's always gonna have a special place in my heart tbh.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Zachary

    It had lots of pictures. My kind of book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steven R. McEvoy

    This book, the Arthur Spiderwick Field guide, is lovingly restored and organized by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. The creatures from the fantastical world around us have been organized by habitat and then alphabetically. It has 28 plates and hundreds of illustrations, with fold-out pages and flip-up pages for even larger illustrations. Each creature's main illustrations list its scale. With lots of side notes and addendums, this is a wonderful book that the young and young at heart can return This book, the Arthur Spiderwick Field guide, is lovingly restored and organized by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. The creatures from the fantastical world around us have been organized by habitat and then alphabetically. It has 28 plates and hundreds of illustrations, with fold-out pages and flip-up pages for even larger illustrations. Each creature's main illustrations list its scale. With lots of side notes and addendums, this is a wonderful book that the young and young at heart can return to many times. The sections are: Around the House and Yard: Brownies Boggarts Changelings Pixies Salamanders Stray Sod In Fields and Forests: Cockatrices Elves Leprechauns Manticores Sprites Treefolk Unicorns In Lakes, Streams and the Sea: Kelpies Merfolk Nixies Sea Serpents Trolls In the Hills and Mountains: Dwarves Giants Goblins Hobgoblins Knockers Ogres In the Sky: Dragons Griffins Phoenixes Outside at Night: Banshees Gargoyles Phookas Will-o-the-Wisps This illustrated guide is amazing. I know that I will read it again, and plan on reading it to my children many times over the next few years. Read the review and with links to other reviews of books by the authors on my blog Book Reviews and More.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hobbit

    I've only read the first of the chronicles but this book is wonderful, such amazing images and witty descriptions. it's the kind of book I'd have poured over for hours as a child. and one I'll definately be having in my class. it's a great book to use for inspiration for all sorts of character creation activities in literacy. I have grand ideas of reading the books as read aloud books, whilst looking at the topic of myths and legends and then linking it all to a nice activity of getting the childr I've only read the first of the chronicles but this book is wonderful, such amazing images and witty descriptions. it's the kind of book I'd have poured over for hours as a child. and one I'll definately be having in my class. it's a great book to use for inspiration for all sorts of character creation activities in literacy. I have grand ideas of reading the books as read aloud books, whilst looking at the topic of myths and legends and then linking it all to a nice activity of getting the children to create their own field guide of mythical creatures. I can imagine reading the books and then at the end all 5, bringing out this guide as a culmination and intro to the activity.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Davienne

    This book was beautiful. It was beautifully writing and had gorgeous artwork in it. Very well written, enjoyed the scientific way it was presented. The parts that were printed in Arthur's hand writing were difficult to read at first but by the end of the book I had no trouble with it. I enjoyed this book immensely. It was informative by itself and it gave more insight to the creatures from The Spiderwick Chronicles. It was nice to learn more about the creatures we encountered there. I just loved This book was beautiful. It was beautifully writing and had gorgeous artwork in it. Very well written, enjoyed the scientific way it was presented. The parts that were printed in Arthur's hand writing were difficult to read at first but by the end of the book I had no trouble with it. I enjoyed this book immensely. It was informative by itself and it gave more insight to the creatures from The Spiderwick Chronicles. It was nice to learn more about the creatures we encountered there. I just loved this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rick Giles

    This seems to be a Spiderwick -centric upgrade of the book, Faeries and is a nice improvement thanks to the writing and artwork.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I absolutely love Tony DiTerlizzi's illustrations, even as a teenager I find them wonderfully breathtaking and glorious. I cannot imagine what I would have thought of them as a child, I probably would have been completely flabbergasted. The creatures in this book are very interesting and you can't help but be sucked into this book, completely forgetting where you are, but instead, being immersed in this world, with all sorts of thoughts running around your head. This book was inspiring, it made I absolutely love Tony DiTerlizzi's illustrations, even as a teenager I find them wonderfully breathtaking and glorious. I cannot imagine what I would have thought of them as a child, I probably would have been completely flabbergasted. The creatures in this book are very interesting and you can't help but be sucked into this book, completely forgetting where you are, but instead, being immersed in this world, with all sorts of thoughts running around your head. This book was inspiring, it made me want to write stories featuring the characters I had just been introduced to. A lovely book that I'd definitely recommend. *Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2008...

  8. 5 out of 5

    NarcissusTea

    "A gorgeous book, and fantastic companion to The Spiderwick Chronicles. It's a bit of a misnomer to call it a companion, though, as this is the book that started it all (even if it was published afterwards). The novels are more like an introduction for this book![return][return]I love that it's not only a bestiary (with beautiful illustrations), but that the beasts described within are somewhat unusual. Yes, there is a unicorn, but it doesn't exactly look like a horse with a horn on its head. On "A gorgeous book, and fantastic companion to The Spiderwick Chronicles. It's a bit of a misnomer to call it a companion, though, as this is the book that started it all (even if it was published afterwards). The novels are more like an introduction for this book![return][return]I love that it's not only a bestiary (with beautiful illustrations), but that the beasts described within are somewhat unusual. Yes, there is a unicorn, but it doesn't exactly look like a horse with a horn on its head. Only the sprites are even close to resembling the sanitized fairies we've convinced ourselves are harmless and even benevolent.[return][return]Study this guide not so that you can go looking for these creatures, but so that you can be sure to steer clear. Fairies are trouble!"

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alberto

    Really informative! One of the best books about magical creatures I've ever found. There are never many good ones. I really admire and respect Arthur Spiderwick for his research and the risks he took. The page about changelings was particularly interesting. I think it might explain some things about my brother. How can I find out more? The last book I managed to find about a changeling was only about a girl and her boyfriend.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Monet St. Louis

    i love this book! i have had it since gr.12 in high school so ... 5 years? it shows its wear, but the art is so organic and beautiful i love it! the descriptions for each creature still intrigue me to read and believe. i often reference this book when reading fantasy novels that don't give descriptions of the creatures. wish they would write another 'guide' with more 'fantastical creatures'.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rhica

    I have read this book over fifty times and I never get tired of it. The illustrations are magnificent and intricately wrought. The details about each creature are fascinating, and sometimes I really do believe these creatures exist.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    My daughter checked this out from the library and told me I should read it. I thought it was a great book and perfect for the target audience or anyone who enjoyed the Spiderwick book. It had very good illustrations and I liked how the information about all the fairy was given. Very cute book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Juli Anna

    This was a re-read for me, but just as lovable as the first time. Such delightful illustrations and the text is equal parts whimsical imagination and well researched folklore--which is truly Holly Black's forte. A modern fantasy classic.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Regina Hunter

    Love the art work, extended flip pages. This book is not only for children, but for adults to remember their childhood and to share some fantasy and magic with the world.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lynette

    Tony DiTerlizzi is a master illustrator. All these books are worth having for his artistry alone. They are imaginitive, fun and wonderfully magical.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kenna *F*cking wiff the DJ*

    Love it, Own it, Bought it, Couldn't live without it.... End of story...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fátima

    5/5 stars I've watched to movie when it first came out on TV and I've always loved the world of Spiderwick Chronicles. I've got the video game on the PS2 and a few years ago borrowed the complete edition of the Spiderwick Chronicles. I've read them in one go and I equally loved it like the movie, but because I wanted to learn more about this mysterious world, I was really compelled to buy Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide. And it did not disappoint. I really loved the illustrations, the sketches an 5/5 stars I've watched to movie when it first came out on TV and I've always loved the world of Spiderwick Chronicles. I've got the video game on the PS2 and a few years ago borrowed the complete edition of the Spiderwick Chronicles. I've read them in one go and I equally loved it like the movie, but because I wanted to learn more about this mysterious world, I was really compelled to buy Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide. And it did not disappoint. I really loved the illustrations, the sketches and all the writings in the margins about their clothes, their appearance or how dangerous they are. It's so much fun to re-visit the world of the Spiderwick Chronicles and it's a fun way to do it via the official Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Destarte

    I was over-joyed when I opened this book! My cover does look different, but the whimsical drawings & miscellaneous notes make this beyond worthwhile. It was a little disappointing that more of the 'book' wasn't included, it's strictly about the creatures...no spells or maps or anything. The artwork alone is worth having on the shelf, especially for any fan of the book/movie. It's another one I enjoy with my girls. I was over-joyed when I opened this book! My cover does look different, but the whimsical drawings & miscellaneous notes make this beyond worthwhile. It was a little disappointing that more of the 'book' wasn't included, it's strictly about the creatures...no spells or maps or anything. The artwork alone is worth having on the shelf, especially for any fan of the book/movie. It's another one I enjoy with my girls.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    As a 'guide', this did really well. The drawings were really good and the information was well-written as well as there being a lot of it. The author(s) decided to stick just about every mythical creature you can think of in there, mermaids, manticores, hippogriffs, you name it and it's probably there. Unless you made it up on the spot It was an interesting and fun addition to the Spiderwick series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Love this book! It has such amazing illustrations and love the layout of the book. So much to read, so much to find out about the creatures! I love it. If you're a fan of Spiderwick, you'll like this.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jaime ( Chicken Mama )

    What a neat book! My oldest found this gem at the local goodwill and we picked it up. Came home and started to read it, I love the illustrations lying on the pages. It brings you into the world of hobnobs and critters that only leaves one to the imagination.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    First read this book when I was about 8 years old maybe? And I loved it so much. I’m still in love with the Spiderwick Chronicles story and I think I’ll always love it. I got all the nostalgic feels when rereading this!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Barker

    A friend bought me this as a gift knowing my love of Tolkien and legends of elves, faeries etc. I loved it. A great way to get back in touch with my childhood and fascination with the incredible realms that still inspire fiction today.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Euo

    A beautiful book with lots of beautiful illustrations and detailed explanations of these mythical creatures! I was so curious about this book ever since catching a few glimpses of the pages in the movie and it definitely did not disappoint. A very satisfying read!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Niko

    Most beautiful illustrations thay have greatly influenced my art taste. After aqiring this field guide I would never dare to deny existance of any of those realisticaly depictured and described creatures.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Larena

    C8:AGES 8+: No sex, nudity nor profanity, though it may have language considered socially offensive employed within the context of the story, and violence that is infrequent, discreet and of low intensity. E:Easy: 3rd grade Vocabulary

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Bangham

    For every child and adult that loves the Spiderwick Chronicles - this is a must! My grandkids spent many a day in the woods with it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bri Hager

    I've never read the Spiderwick Chronicles, but I'm fascinated with beast and bestiaries. This 'field guide' was no different.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kaylie

    Illustrations especially gorgeous. Not much new or different over the other entries in Black's work, but worth perusing nonetheless.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Loureiro

    This book is so wonderfully put together from the illustrations to the lore of the land and this world. Not only can children enjoy it, but adults as well, especially fellow artists!

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