The Spiderwick Chronicles is written by Holly Black and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. In total, there are five books each around a hundred pages long. The premise is that the Grace children (Jared, Simon, and Mallory) have contacted DiTerlizzi and Black because they believe in fairies and they want to have their story told as a warning to others. Black and DiTerlizzi obliged.
Just as he paused, something inside the wall rustled.
The Field Guide is simply an introduction to the series. Anyone who picks up the series will know from the beginning letters that it is about fairies, but it isn’t until the end of the book that the Grace children know.
“Could be trouble, could be nought. Whatever it is, it’s what you wrought.”
The Seeing Stone introduces the Grace children and the reader to the troubles that knowing about fairies can cause. More creatures are introduced, and the children (mainly Mallory and Simon) start wondering if keeping the book around is even worth it. Jared thinks so, mainly because he feels as if he finally has something of his own.
I really like how that is incorporated into the series. Jared is having the toughest time out of his siblings with their parents divorce, and life in general. His character development is one of my favorite things that kept me turning pages throughout these books.
“Weird things started happening when we found that book, and they’re not going to stop until we get rid of it.”
Lucinda’s Secret continues the children’s struggle. Do they keep the book or not? More creatures keep being introduced all wanting the book. The children aren’t sure who to trust, and it’s starting to rip the siblings apart.
The creature’s grin widened into something that still wasn’t really a smile. Then suddenly it shrank back as though frightened. Jared watched in amazement as the Not-Jared’s body shrank, its dark hair paled into a sandy brown, and its now blue eyes went wide with terror.
The Ironwood Tree is where the series turns darker, and that’s where my enjoyment of it really picked up. The big boss of the series is shown, and everything set up from the first three books really comes together.
They were at the gate of the Spiderwick estate. To Jared’s horror, trash, papers, feathers, and broken furniture littered the lawn.
The Wrath of Mulgarath is a great ending to this lovely little series. Everything wrapped up in nice and interesting ways. The illustrations were great as always, and the characters stronger than ever.
Overall, I find this to be a cute little series that I think would get reluctant younger readers more into novels. And if this isn’t enough, there are four companion novels all about expanding the world, and a spin off trilogy with all new characters. I’m not sure if I’m going to check those out myself, but I am glad I got to these books even if it is years later than most people have read them.