Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆
If someone had asked Jared Grace what jobs his brother and sister would have when they grew up, he would have had no trouble replying.
It all starts when Jared Grace finds their great uncle’s book, ‘Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastic World Around You’ and the Grace kids realize that they are not alone in their new house. Now the kids want to tell their story but the faeries will do everything they can to stop them.
The Field Guide introduces us to the world of the Spiderwick Chronicles, where fairies are real – and not always as nice as you’d like to believe.
It’s a really short book, a bit too short in my opinion. The children move into an old, dilapidated house, find the chronicle, annoy a brownie and then pacify it again. That’s pretty much it. I would have liked a bit more. On the other hand, it’s easy to read this book in a single, short sitting.
The characters were fun. We have Mallory, who is an amazing fencer and the twins. Simon is obsessed with all kinds of creatures and Jared, our narrator, well, he’s… actually I have no idea what he’s interested in. He’s basically the one that finds the field guide and believes in it immediately, so I guess his thing are fairies.
All in all, it’s a sweet, fun little story and a nice introduction to the world.