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By: Holly Black
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Format of Review Copy: hardcover
Recommendable for people who enjoy: childrens, adventure, fairy
Synopsis (from blackholly.com):
Things at the Spiderwick estate are getting completely out of hand. If being attacked by a band of marauding goblins and almost eaten by a bridge troll wasn’t enough, how Jared is being harassed by Thimbletack, the house boggart, and Simon has a very hungry griffin recuperating in the carriage house. Mallory is convinced that the only way to stop the madness is to chuck the Guide. But that’s not an option. With all kinds of creatures after them, the Guide is the only protection the Grace kids have. If they could just figure out why all of Faerie wants the Guide. Only one person can help solve this mystery–their crazy old Aunt Lucinda.
In this book, we follow the Grace children as they encounter new creatures near their home. They venture off to visit their “Aunt Lucinda” in an effort to find out if she, too, had experiences with the fae at her house. That is pretty much where the similarities to the movie END in this book. The movie left out a lot of the adventure found in book three including scary new encounters.
I loved meeting more of the creatures near Spiderwick: the Phooka, a unicorn, goblins, trolls, and the kids even rescue a griffon…
I’m a huge fan of all things fae/mystic, and children’s books are no exception. =) I found this book to be a super fast read with tons of “action” that just kept the pages turning.
I love this series, so I say READ IT. Should be included in the “Must Read” category for all young readers!
Though the recommended reading age group for this book is age 6+, I say would be better for grades 3 and up. The series might be a little scary for younger children.
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