Bulldog Library

Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide

on February 27, 2013

JF DiTerlizzi    •    AR Reading Level: 4.2    •    AR Points: 1.0    •    Quiz #70127

Jacket.aspxFollowing their parents divorce, the Grace family must move.  The three Grace children, Mallory, Simon, and Jared, and their mom have to move into their crazy aunt’s old shack of a house.  As soon as the family moves into their new home, weird and unexplained mischief begins to happen.

While exploring their new home, the Jared find an odd riddle written in rhyme and a mysterious message, “click, clack, watch your back”, that suddenly appears in the dust on an old desk.  Mallory is attacked by something that ties her hair to the bed, and Simon finds his new tadpoles frozen in ice cubes.

What is causing the strange mischief in Grace’s new home?  Can solving the odd riddle help solve the mystery of who the mischief-maker is?

The Field Guide is the first book in the Spiderwick Chronicles series.  It is a very short book with a really interesting premise.  Additionally, it has great characters that readers will relate to, especially Jared who cannot stop getting into trouble and animal-loving Simon.  Readers will quickly get hooked and devour this slim volume, but not to fear, there are a total of eight books in the two Spiderwick series and two more supplemental books.  These ten books should be more than enough adventures with the Grace children to keep readers busy for quite a while!  This book is highly recommended for readers who enjoy fantasy books filled with magical creatures.

Genre: Fantasy  •  Interest Level: grades 4-8

Black, H. & DeTerlizzi, T. (2003).  The Field Guide. New York, NY : Scholastic.

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