Wednesday, March 21, 2012

What Will Happen to the Grace Children?

Twins Jared and Simon, along with their older sister, Mallory, aren’t overly thrilled with the decrepit mansion they move into with their mom. But times are tough and Great Aunt Lucinda was sent away to an asylum, so her house was vacant. It isn’t long before mysterious occurrences begin to happen within the crumbling walls. Jared is blamed for a variety of odd things and he is unhappy as he tries to proclaim his innocence. When an old book with hand-drawn pictures is discovered the children are amazed by the strange creatures it shows. Will this book help to explain the odd things that have been happening? Is it possible that more trouble will come because of it? Just what is in store for the Grace children and their new home?

I LOVED The Field Guide: The Spiderwick Chronicles: Book 1 by Holly Black or Tony DiTerlizzi! I read it in one day and had to go out and get the rest of the books in the series. Not only is the story fast paced and intriguing, but there are fascinating pictures that help enhance the story. I was on the edge of my seat as the Grace children began exploring a world that wasn’t welcoming to them. I find fantasy creatures to be very intriguing and the authors won me over with their use of rhymes. I highly recommend this book to kids and adults of all ages (as long as you aren’t too scared of monsters/creatures). The only bad thing about the books is that you need to get them all because just like potato chips, you can’t stop at just one! I can’t wait to watch the movie version and compare it to the one that I have in my mind after reading this amazing series.

Has anyone else read The Field Guide: The Spiderwick Chronicles: Book 1 by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi? Or have you read another book by Holly Black or Tony DiTerlizzi?

Happy Reading! ~L

25 comments:

  1. I am currently reading the 4th book in the series! I really love them even though it is written for kids! You should watch the movie as soon as possible- it is really magical! :-)

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    1. Creative Mind- I think the books are so fast and fun. I just love them and can picture everything that is happening. I think people of all ages would enjoy them! :)

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  2. This sounds fascinating, I love scary stories. I've just added it to my TBR list. Thanks for the excellent review.

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    1. Barbara- Hope you will enjoy this series! It is great and the illustrations are awesome!

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  3. I've been meaning to. They're on that every growing long list to be read books!

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    1. Bish- I can relate to the long list of books to read. This whole series comes in audio, too. It is read by the guy who plays Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. I heard part of it and it is so good!

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  4. I was wondering about this series, it sounds so fun. I didn't get around to watching the movies that was out a couple of years ago either. I will definitely have to read it with my kids when they are a bit older. I love good books and chips and yes they are addicting!

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    1. Heidi- I bet your kids would love to read it with you when they are a little older. I still have to watch the movie! :)

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  5. I love the Spiderwick series. I read them all before I passed the books to my kids lol.

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    1. Dorine- That is so cool that you read them and then passed them on to your kids. :)

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  6. I've been eyeiing this series for a while now--since the movie came out, in fact. After reading your review, I think I'm going to have to check it out. So many books, so little time! :)

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    1. I've read this series, too. It is so fabulous- you should definitely check it out. The books are very fast. I bet you could read them with Christian- they would be cool to talk about together. :)

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  7. I absolutely LOVE these! We're currently reading Lemony Snicket's work. Have you read any of his books? I love them just as much as Spiderwick--which means a ton :0)

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    1. Lemoney Snicket is good, too! I read three of the Series of Unfortunate Events. I love the Spiderwick Chronicles. The house and woods, along with the creatures are so fascinating!

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  8. Holly Black is amazing! I love White Cat and Red Glove, YA books. Amazing. Her fairy books are very dark, but good too. Though the White Cat books are definitely my faves!!

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    1. Lisa- I have never read White Cat nor Red Glove- I will have to check them out! I will have to read more of her books. Thanks for letting me know about them! :)

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  9. You're going to think me silly, but I've known of this book but can't read it because 'spider' is in the title. Sadly, spiders and I do not get along. Maybe I should get the e-book, then I won't be holding the word 'spider'.

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    1. Donna- I can understand being turned off by something. :) Spiders don't play a big role n the books. You should definitely get the series on your ebook. You will enjoy them- especially if you like Fablehaven!

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  10. Tony Deterlizzi is an amazing illustrator. The Spiderwick Chronicles is a wonderful story. The audio book is read by Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker for all you Star Wars fans : ) He reads it perfectly!

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    1. Elaine- Tony Deterlizzi is fabulous! I love the audio books, too! His voices are amazing! I love these books. :)

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  11. This was a good book- I could relate with Jared alot.

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  12. I love the Spiderwick Chronicles. I read them all in a week. I haven't listened to them- but I would love to hear Luke Skywalker read them to me.

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    1. Flex- They are great books! You should definitely listen to them. So fun!

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  13. I will have to read this series. I love fantasy books and I think I will love them! Awesome review. Thanks for sharing.

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