The Field Guide

The Field Guide

Book - 2003
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The Grace children discover the faerie world is closer than you think in this repackage of the first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles.

After finding a mysterious, handmade field guide in the attic of the ramshackle old mansion they've just moved into, Jared; his twin brother, Simon; and their older sister, Mallory, discover that there's a magical and maybe dangerous world existing parallel to our own--the world of faerie.

The Grace children want to share their story, but the faeries will do everything possible to stop them...

In honor of the tenth anniversary of the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles series, which has more than 12 million copies in print worldwide, this edition of The Field Guide features a larger trim size and an original cover with all-new art from Tony DiTerlizzi.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2003
ISBN: 9780689859366
Branch Call Number: JF DITE
Additional Contributors: Black, Holly


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Apr 13, 2019

This book is a good introduction to what promises to be a great series. The problem, however is that this book is incredibly slow. It isn’t until the very end that we actually get to meet a faerie, and it is all too brief. I have no doubt that the following books will be better, now that the tedious work of setting the scene and meeting the characters is over.

I did enjoy the writing style. The interactions of the three siblings is realistic. When you’re young, life seems to fall into the “I’m better!” category. The illustrations were amazing, especially of the creatures! And the introduction of the brownie at the end almost made up for the slow pace.

This is a necessary book in this series, as it introduces the characters and shows their strengths. It is slow, but manageable, and it makes the promise that the series will be great. If you’re interested in faeries, definitely give this series a try.

May 04, 2018

This was a great book with adorable illustrations.

I found some parts a bit frightening, because I watched the movie first, and I was expecting something terrible to happen like in the movie, but it was comparatively light.

For those of you who've watched the movie; the movie is all of the books combined. This book is only the very first part of the movie.

The three Grace children, ages, nine, nine, and thirteen, move into their nutty great-aunt's house and before they know it strange things start happening all around them, maybe their aunt isn't so nutty after all.

Join the Graces on a rocky ride through the half-rotted house as they try to avaid their mother; who blames Jason for everything. Very enjoyable read. Ages 8+.

Aug 16, 2017

It's an interesting and full of adventures series of books for my son, who just turned 10. He enjoys reading it ..
I read it as well and I think it is a nice light book to read for adults too. The story is full of fantasy and there are interesting drawings to make the story more vivid.

PimaLib_Kids Mar 15, 2017

The book is well written. Great adventures in the book. Phaedra, age 10.

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Jul 11, 2014

Cool story!

violet_dog_4983 Jul 09, 2014

I love this series, but I haven't seen the film\ movie! still LOVE IT!!!!!!!

Mar 19, 2014


Nov 22, 2013

Cute and fun. The illustrations are great, the characters are strong, and I'm eager to start the next book!

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Mallory Grace: What happens when Mulgarath gets the book?
Thimbletack: I die. You die. We all die. Bye-bye.
Mallory Grace: [turns to Jared; voice quavering slightly] What does he mean, 'we all die'?
Jared Grace: I think he means... we all die.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Aunt Lucinda Spiderwick: [showing scars on forearm] If they say 'suicide' and you say 'goblins', this place is where they put you.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Hogsqueal: [as the griffin is soaring far overhead] Fly as you want. Griffin! I swallowed an ogre whole. You could be next!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Hogsqueal: Bird!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Simon Grace: [refusing to help Mallory attack Jared] I'm a pacifist.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Mallory Grace: Thanks, Spock, you're the pride of the Federation.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Jared Grace: Yes! Thank you!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Tow Truck Driver: [after running over an invisible monster] Did I hit someone?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Thimbletack: You don't see us, now you do, but only if we want you to.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Jared Grace: Why can't I see you?

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.

Apr 18, 2012

Pic.s and descriptions of fictional creatures.


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