Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Spiderwick Chronicles Book One The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, published 2003, 128 pages, for ages 6-10

This book is Fantasy Fiction

This book was borrowed from the library for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

Siblings Mallory, Jared, and Simon, and their mother Helen, move in to an old and quirky family home. 
Soon after arriving the three siblings hear strange sounds inside the walls. Mallory takes the lead in creating a hole in the kitchen wall, what they find within the hole in the wall creates more curiosity about what kind of creature is making these strange sounds.
The Field Guide Book One sets the stage for all of the series in The Spiderwick Chronicles. These books have been successful with older elementary age children and in to middle school. Children of this age gravitate towards the mysterious and fantasy type fiction; I suppose it is an escape type reading and the fantasy part appeals to a child's imagination.
Personally I'm not drawn towards fantasy fiction, it is just not my "cup of tea".  Looking back at when I was a child I might have read this type of book.
I do feel this book was written with keen imagination and creativity. It is a story that does not leave the reader disinterested nor ready to take a nap. It is not a long chapter book, it is easy to digest. The story in book one leaves the reader ready to devour book two. I loved the character traits in the three siblings: Mallory the older sister--motherly bossy type, Jared and Simon twin brothers and each having distinct traits--one braver than the other.
This book may cause some in the Christian reading community to pause and then not want their child to read----some have problems with fantasy fiction period unless it is C. S. Lewis.
Personally I did not have a problem with this book; although I know my 6 1/2 year old granddaughter would not be ready for this story--she scares easily.

Blissful Reading!

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