The Field Guide

The Field Guide

Book - 2003
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When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2003.
ISBN: 9780689859366
0689859368
Characteristics: 107 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Black, Holly

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 15, 2019

If you like mysteries, and adventures, than “The Spiderwick Chronicles” book series is definitely the book series for you. ‘‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’’ was also one of The New York Times Best-Selling Book Series. The first book in this series is “The Field Guide”. Written by Holly Black and Illustrated by Tony DiTerlazzi, was published in May of 2003.
The Field Guide is book number one in the book series “The Spiderwick Chronicles”. Throughout this book we are introduced to the Grace family, who is in the process of moving into an old and rotten house. We follow along the Grace children as they explore their new home and find new adventures to go on. As-well as new mysteries to solve. Of course this all happens while the Grace children are also trying to avoid their mother, so that they don't get into trouble.
I have read this book series probably ten times or more so I would definitely recommend this book to others. However this book is recommended for children ages 7 and up. I would definitely not recommend this to a 7 year old,but I would recommend this book to older children ages 9 and up. Only because some of the words used throughout this book may be hard for younger children to understand as-well as some of the events that happen throughout this book may be very confusing to a younger child.
Personally I love reading this book because it involves a lot of fantasy creatures, myths, mysteries and other adventures. Which I personally love reading about. As-well as it isn’t a book like any other, it’s not your usual everyday children’s book. It is definitely an unusual children’s book, only because your average children’s book is normally about princesses, princes, unicorns or fairies. Of course, this book is a great children’s book and isn’t as repetitive, as some other children's books can tend to be.
Overall I would rate this book a 5/5. It is a great children’s book or young teen book and has great illustrations that help readers understand what's happening throughout the book.
@Em-the-bookworm of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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CASSIE ERIN KELLEY
Apr 13, 2019

This book is a good introduction to what promises to be a great series. The problem, however is that this book is incredibly slow. It isn’t until the very end that we actually get to meet a faerie, and it is all too brief. I have no doubt that the following books will be better, now that the tedious work of setting the scene and meeting the characters is over.

I did enjoy the writing style. The interactions of the three siblings is realistic. When you’re young, life seems to fall into the “I’m better!” category. The illustrations were amazing, especially of the creatures! And the introduction of the brownie at the end almost made up for the slow pace.

This is a necessary book in this series, as it introduces the characters and shows their strengths. It is slow, but manageable, and it makes the promise that the series will be great. If you’re interested in faeries, definitely give this series a try.

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green_pig_629
May 04, 2018

This was a great book with adorable illustrations.

I found some parts a bit frightening, because I watched the movie first, and I was expecting something terrible to happen like in the movie, but it was comparatively light.

For those of you who've watched the movie; the movie is all of the books combined. This book is only the very first part of the movie.

The three Grace children, ages, nine, nine, and thirteen, move into their nutty great-aunt's house and before they know it strange things start happening all around them, maybe their aunt isn't so nutty after all.

Join the Graces on a rocky ride through the half-rotted house as they try to avaid their mother; who blames Jason for everything. Very enjoyable read. Ages 8+.

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YiChingJaniceChen
Aug 16, 2017

It's an interesting and full of adventures series of books for my son, who just turned 10. He enjoys reading it ..
I read it as well and I think it is a nice light book to read for adults too. The story is full of fantasy and there are interesting drawings to make the story more vivid.

PimaLib_Kids Mar 15, 2017

The book is well written. Great adventures in the book. Phaedra, age 10.

blue_bird_3915 Dec 04, 2016

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simonrocks2005
Aug 01, 2015

Awsome!

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sfogs
Jul 11, 2014

Cool story!

violet_dog_4983 Jul 09, 2014

I love this series, but I haven't seen the film\ movie! still LOVE IT!!!!!!!

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thebecca
Mar 19, 2014

I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Mallory Grace: What happens when Mulgarath gets the book?
Thimbletack: I die. You die. We all die. Bye-bye.
Mallory Grace: [turns to Jared; voice quavering slightly] What does he mean, 'we all die'?
Jared Grace: I think he means... we all die.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Aunt Lucinda Spiderwick: [showing scars on forearm] If they say 'suicide' and you say 'goblins', this place is where they put you.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Hogsqueal: [as the griffin is soaring far overhead] Fly as you want. Griffin! I swallowed an ogre whole. You could be next!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Hogsqueal: Bird!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Simon Grace: [refusing to help Mallory attack Jared] I'm a pacifist.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Mallory Grace: Thanks, Spock, you're the pride of the Federation.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Jared Grace: Yes! Thank you!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Tow Truck Driver: [after running over an invisible monster] Did I hit someone?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Thimbletack: You don't see us, now you do, but only if we want you to.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Jared Grace: Why can't I see you?

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May 04, 2018

green_pig_629 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 99

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Aug 22, 2012

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MUSICinWIRES
Apr 18, 2012

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.

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MUSICinWIRES
Apr 18, 2012

Pic.s and descriptions of fictional creatures.

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