The Field Guide by Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
Digital Audiobook narrated by Mark Hamill
Published by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 1, 2003
Series: The Spiderwick Chronicles #1
Genres: Children's, Fantasy, Fiction, Middle Grade
Length: 112 pages or 1 hour, 6 minutes
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It all starts when Jared Grace finds their great uncle's book, 'Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastic World Around You' and the Grace kids realize that they are not alone in their new house. Now the kids want to tell their story but the faeries will do everything they can to stop them.
I’ve been meaning to pick up the Spiderwick books for ages. Even though they’re children’s books, they’re staples in children’s fantasy… like Harry Potter or The Magic Treehouse. They’re so short, though! There’s not a lot to say!
The sibling relationship was great and interesting. I love that they are all so changeable, like children are, and I like the little tips about fae creatures and what to do about them. I needed this guidebook when I was six.
The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was their mum, who seemed very grumpy and disagreeable all the time. Though, I suppose in her defense if I found tadpoles in the freezer and my children appeared to be beating on each other, I’d be miffed, too.
They’re cute, and such a quick read – I listened to the first book while I was typing up a Top Ten Tuesday post for a next week and actually managed to finish the book before the post. If you’re adult and love fantasy, it’s a fun short story about three children and their beginning adventures for while you’re cooking dinner or something.