Friday, 18 May 2012

Review: Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide by Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's
Format: Hardcover
Released: October 25th, 2005
Rating: 9/10

Amazon summary:

In addition to the fifteen creatures featured in the first five Spiderwick adventures, this extensive volume features an additional fifteen creatures to delight and astonish, such as mermaids, gargoyles and leprechauns. It also features snippets from Arthur Spiderwick's journal...information that specifically links the Guide to the Spiderwick Chronicles. There are even cameos from all the favourites in the series. From clever and informative introductory sections on essential materials and faerie world basics, through sections featuring fabulous faerie species, to an addendum created by Jared Grace, correcting Arthur Spiderwick and cross-referencing with the story books, this is the field guide to end all field guides!


If you're a fan of the Spiderwick Chronicles, you *need* to get this book if you haven't done already! It's a beautiful large format hardback that really does look like an authentic magical field guide, and it's also fully illustrated. Amazing!

I like the Spiderwick Chronicles because of the mystical creatures that crop up. I always want to know more about species like this, and this book has told me all I need to know and more. It's written as if this really is Arthur Spiderwick's journal, which is so much fun. I mean, who are we to say that faeries and boggarts aren't real?!

The Field Guide starts with pages about The Invisible World and The Sight, then goes on to equipment and protection. You'll learn why a satchel is useful (it carries everything) and why a magnifying glass is essential (it's useful for seeing smaller creatures). From then on, this book is basically incredible, and it's a must read for anyone interested in faeries and other creatures.

Each section explores a different part of the world. It goes from Arthur Spiderwicks's house and yard to what lives in lakes, streams and seas. It also covers night creatures, hills, mountains and lots more. Everything you want is in this book, and each creature is accompanied by lengthy descriptions and amazing illustrations. Honestly, I can't describe just how beautiful this book is!

Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide is essential for anyone interested in creatures like this. Even if you've never read the Spiderwick Chronicles, this book will prove to be an invaluable resource for the next time you need to identify a sprite or goblin - you have to know what you're dealing with!

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