The Spiderwick Chronicles

The Spiderwick Chronicles

Bonus review time. Yaaay! As I’m currently in the process of moving house, please enjoy this review of The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.

The Spiderwick Chronicles are a series of five fantasy stories, aimed at middle grade readers: The Field Guide (2003), The Seeing Stone (2003), Lucinda’s Secret (2003), The Ironwood Tree (2004) and The Wrath of Mulgarath (2004). The series focuses on three children as they discover a mysterious book about faeries in their Great Aunt’s home. Following the critical acclaim of this series, a sequel titled Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles was published between 2007 and 2009 and ran for three further novels.

Following their parent’s divorce, Jared, Simon and Mallory Grace are forced to move away from the city to live in a dilapidated country mansion, previously owned by their Great Aunt Lucinda. The house is filthy, rotting and filled with strange noises and the children want nothing more than to leave, however things start to change when Jared uncovers a secret room.

The room turns out to be the library of their Great Great Uncle Arthur and inside one of the books they find a riddle. On solving this puzzle, Jared finds himself in possession of his Great Great Uncle’s most treasured possession – a book titled Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You. The book contains notes and drawings of the many different faeries that live in and around the house and using the book Jared manages to identify that most of the house’s problems are caused by a brownie by the name of Thimbletack.

Thimbletack warns the Grace siblings that the journal is dangerous. The faeries are worried about the secrets that the book contains and will do anything to ensure that it does not fall into human hands. Some of the beings wish to get hold of the book in order to destroy it, while others would use it to further their own evil ends. The children must make a decision about what to do with the journal, and quickly, before they meet a horrible fate at the hands of the faeries…

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