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The Spiderwick Chronicles (Boxed Set): The Field Guide; The Seeing Stone; Lucinda's Secret; The Ironwood Tree; The Wrath of Mulgrath Hardcover – Oct 1 2004

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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Boxed Set edition (Oct. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689040342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689040344
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.1 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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New York Times Book Review With their evocative gothic-style pencil drawings and color illustrations, rhyming riddles, supernatural lore, and well-drawn characters, these books read like old-fashioned ripping yarns.

About the Author

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. She lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. Visit her at BlackHolly.com.

Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for more than a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.

Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for more than a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. She lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. Visit her at BlackHolly.com.


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I read these books to my 4 year old son. He really enjoys the Gothic style pictures. At first i wasn't to sure if he would enjoy the story but he really got interested in goblins, ferries, etc. Because of that we now read ancient mythology. I'm very happy this series has opened new interests for my son and provided new learning opportunities.
My Son is a big fan of Geronimo Stilton, Dinosaur Cove, Flat Stanley and Dragon Masters. If your little one shares these likes then this is a series you cant pass on. Or if your are like i was and just sick of reading the same 20 page story over and over again to your little one this is for you.
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By A. Volk #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 22 2009
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This is a great series of book for young children. Shorter than Harry Potter, longer than toddler books, these are great individual stories that add up to a great series. They are similar to the movie, but there's enough that's different to make them worth reading. In fact, I preferred them to the movie, as did the kids. That's a strong recommendation in my books. There are individual reviews of the books out there, so I'll just say that the basic premise is that a group of siblings moves into an old ancestor's house and find a guide to faeries. Yes, faeries are real, and that discovery both opens up new options and gets them into real trouble. The stories are fun to read, involve lots of action, and are at most, PG for a touch of violence. They are a little scary in places, but not enough that I'd worry about nightmares. The kids (two twin boys and their older sister) are believable and interesting, and the writing is suitable for 6-12 year olds.

The books have lots of illustrations in each chapter, and have a couple of color illustrations. The books are of good quality, and give the appearance of being made from older scrap paper. The box is nice, and it all adds up to a nice product. Given the price savings of buying the set as a whole rather than the individual books, this is definitely a great buy for parents and kids alike.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on May 16 2010
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According to Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, the text of this story was left for them by three mystery kids.

With that stab at blurring the boundaries between fantasy and reality, these two authors slip easily into a haunted house tale that rapidly blossoms into a story of hidden fae and strange creatures. "The Spiderwick Chronicles (Boxed Set)" brings together five extremely brief little books that form one overarcing story, which becomes more tense and eerie as it winds to the inevitable battle with the Big Bad.

After their parents' divorce, the Grace kids -- teenage Mallory and nine-year-old twins Jared and Simon -- move with their mother to a crumbling old Victorian house, owned by a weird old aunt. Jared is having a rough time with all of this, but he's distracted from his personal woes by a "squirrel" scuttling around inside the walls. And their investigations reveal a strange little stash of items that were obviously not taken by a squirrel.

An exploratory trip in a dumbwaiter takes Jared to a hidden library full of strange books on mythic creatures -- and soon strange things start happening to the family. Jared's further investigations uncover a strange little book called "Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide To The Fantastical World Around You," a little guide to faery creatures. Jared begins to believe that the unbelievable might be true -- that there are faeries causing trouble in his new home.

But it becomes painfully obvious what is up when various creatures try to get ahold of the book -- Simon is kidnapped by omnivorous goblins, a search for Arthur Spiderwick leads the kids into a elven trap deep in the woods, and Mallory is sealed in a glass box by malevolent dwarves deep inside an old quarry.
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My son brought the first book home from his school library and asked me to buy it for Christmas - I bought the set... I think he'll love it when he opens the box on Christmas Day!
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Bought this for my 7 yr old grandson - was a big hit ! Will be great reading for parent reading at bedtime
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These books are awesome! I love reading them to my 3 sons, and will be reading more by Holly Black asap!
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