Friday, February 22, 2008

14. The Field Guide by Holly Black, illustrated by Ton DiTerlizzi

#14



Title: The Field Guide
Series: The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1
Authors: Holly Black, illustrated by Ton DiTerlizzi
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 113
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4/5 stars

The Field Guide, the first book in Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi's The Spiderwick Chronicles, does a good job of setting up the main characters and plot ideas that the rest of the series will be built on. There are just enough answers given and just enough new questions revealed to want to draw you in to the rest of the series.

The Chronicles follow the adventures of the Grace children after they discover their great uncle's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You, a map to the creatures and wonder of the land of Faerie. They are warned of the troubles that can come to them if they continue reading the book, but like most children, they can't help themselves.

Not a challenging read, but a fun one. The illustrations throughout by Tony DiTerlizzi are amazing and really add to the depth of the story. This would be a great book for any kids interested in Faerie or fantasy.

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