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Arthur Spiderwick's field guide to the fantastical world around you
Other title(s):
Field guide to the fantastical world around you




Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2005.
Physical Description:
121 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm.
Series title(s):
Letter from Arthur Spiderwick -- Foreword by Toni DiTerlizzi -- The invisible world -- The sight -- Equipment and protection -- List of plates -- Around the house and yard -- In fields and forests -- In lakes, streams and the sea -- In the hills and mountains -- In the sky -- Outside at night -- Addendum by Jared Grace -- For further reading.
Meet the boggarts, changelings, pixies, goblins and other creatures of Arthur Spiderwick's magical, fantastical world. From clever and informative introductory sections explaining essential preparations for your own faerie investigations and faerie world basics, to 6 exhaustive sections featuring 31 fabulous faerie species, to an addendum created by Jared Grace, the long-awaited companion to the Spiderwick Chronicles is sure to please any fan of the popular series.-- (Source of description not identified).
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader 8.0.
Added Author:


Call Number
398.21 Diterlizzi

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It all began with a strange, mysterious correspondence left for authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black at a small New England bookstore. Written by three siblings, the letter told of their great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick and an unfinished tome filled with eyewitness accounts of creatures otherwise thought to be the stuff of legend. In the #1 New York Times bestselling serial the Spiderwick Chronicles, readers were enthralled by the account of the those siblings, Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace, as they battled dwarves, goblins, elves, and a diabolical ogre in their efforts to hold on to their uncle Spiderwick,s life work. Now, through the combined efforts of the Grace children and authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, Simon & Schuster is thrilled to present that work to you!
Beginning with a thoughtful and informative introduction, progressing through six exhaustive sections featuring thirty-one faerie species, and culminating with an addendum that includes observations supplied by Jared Grace, this long-awaited compendium to the worldwide Spiderwick phenomenon delivers enough information to satisfy even the most demanding faerie enthusiast. Not only will readers learn the habits and habitats of the fourteen fantastical creatures featured in the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling chapter books, but they will be delighted and astonished by an additional seventeen creatures. Also included are dozens of snippets from Arthur Spiderwick,s personal journal as well as cameos from a few series favorites.
With so much to offer, this book is destined to be pored over for generations to come!

Author Notes

Holly Black was born in West Long Branch, New Jersey on November 10, 1971. She graduated with a B.A. in English from The College of New Jersey in 1994.

Her first book, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale was published in 2002 and was included in the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults. Her other works include The Spiderwick Chronicles written with Tony DiTerlizzi, Ironside, Poison Eaters and Other Stories, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The Iron Trial (Magisteruim Book 1) and The Copper Gauntlet (Magisteruim Book 2) written with Cassandra Clare, and The Darkest Part of the Forest. Valiant won the Andre Norton Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. She also won the Young-Adult Prize in the Indies Choice Book Awards 2015 for The Darkest Part of the Forest.

Black and Clare's Magisterium Series has received both critical and popular acclaim appearing on numerous bestseller lists including The New York Times bestseller list in the Young Adult category.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-This field guide purports to be a copy of Arthur Spiderwick's sketches and investigations into the beings and beasties of the "Invisible World"-the brownies, boggarts, kelpies, and other creatures that populate the stories. The beautiful illustrations in gouache and pencil, seemingly modeled after Audubon's work in Birds of America, are printed as if they were real century-old artworks that have left their shadowy imprints on the opposite pages. The descriptions are bits of Spiderwick's hard-learned lore, many apparently in his own handwriting, that make the art all the richer. Fantasy readers will love immersing themselves in the lore of the hidden-those things that only they, and people who are like them, can see. Field Guide will be pored over by anyone, of any age, who believes in sprites, phookas, and nixies.-Walter Minkel, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fans will welcome new additions to favorite series. Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You "accurately restored and described" by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black includes many of the beliefs upon which the Spiderwick Chronicles are based, on parchment-like pages that resemble an authentic scientific journal. Devoted readers will delight in the statement, "It should be noted that the color red is protective, but faeries do not like the color and will shy away from it," for instance, as part of Spiderwick's list of "equipment and protection." Handwritten notes and abundant drawings bring to life a scientific classification system for Brownies ("family: homunculidae"), Pixies, Griffins and the like. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

This companion to the popular series presents a ""restored"" version of Arthur Spiderwick's guide, a main plot element in the novels. Filled with illustrations and excerpts from Arthur's journals, the guide gives detailed information on a range of magical beings, all in Arthur's own old-fashioned voice. The book includes a table of contents and a list of related books. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. With ties to the tradition of medieval bestiaries as well as the authors' Spiderwick series of fantasy fiction, this beautifully illustrated book purports to be the painstaking restoration of a century-old guide to the denizens of the Invisible World. In the first volume of the Spiderwick series, three children find their ancestor's original field guide and encounter creatures described within it. Here that field guide is reproduced. Its tawny pages carry information and graceful gouache and pencil illustrations of strange creatures from household brownies to freshwater nixies, from humble sprites to flamboyant cockatrices, from lowly fire salamanders to high-flying griffins. Occasional foldout pages extend the pictures to show larger beasts, such as a sea serpent or a dragon. Accompanying sepia notes set in cursive contribute to the illusion that Arthur Spiderwick was a naturalist observing the world around him. Readers who devoured the five-volume Spiderwick series will enjoy poring over the handsome pages of this large-format book. And others insistent on reading nonfiction books about the creatures of fairy will find it equally beguiling. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2006 Booklist

Table of Contents

Letter from ArthurSpiderwick
ForewordTony DiTerlizzi
The Invisible World
The Sight Equipment and Protection
List of Plates Around the House and Yard
Stray Sod(Herbiformidae)
In Fields and Forests
In Lakes, Streams, and the Sea
Sea Serpents(Serpentimaridae)
In the Hills and Mountains
In the Sky
Outside at Night
AddendumJared Grace
For Further Reading