A Giant Problem by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Posted September 9, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

A Giant Problem by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly BlackA Giant Problem by Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
Illustrator: Tony DiTerlizzi
Series: Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles #2
Also in this series: The Nixie's Song, The Wyrm King
Published by Simon & Schuster on September 16th 2008
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Pages: 154
Format: Hardcover
Source: Owned
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Talk about out of the frying pan, into the fire! I was pretty sure that my freaky stepsister and that freaky field guide of hers would ruin my life. But now it looks like they're going to ruin all of Florida, too! Okay, maybe that's not fair. Maybe all these stupid giants would be waking up anyway, but if it wasn't for her and that book, I'd be home playing video games and this would be someone else's giant problem!

Main points

Wow! Never have I had so fast a turnaround in a book series. The first book was not really fun and everyone was arguing but this book was great. It had all the fun of the original series. People did in fact get their crap together and start working as a team. They realised they couldn’t fight the giants on their own so Laurie gave Jules the Sight and he took it rather well. Then they brought Cindy into it and became a team. And there were elaborate schemes and plans. I love elaborate plans! It was fun. Even though every faerie they met seemed intent on making things harder for them. Apparently the new creature we saw in the last book is also a hobgoblin, but he’s nothing like Hogsqueal. He’s more an animal than a sentient creature, although he can talk just fine. We also met mermaids in this book. (They’re actually quite similar to the ones in Harry Potter.)
Jared, Simon, and even Mallory came back for real this time, towards the end. It sounds like they’re really going to help. And they’ve got their attitude in check, thank goodness. I got tired of that real fast. Jack was helpful, even if he did decide he was too old and go to live with his son. He left some important clues for them, even though Nick was too stupid to realise what they were. I’m sure it’ll come in handy in the next book. But it was a true miracle. Everyone was working together. And a very quickly-formed makeshift plan worked out well enough. Too bad it was the opposite of what needed to happen!
I did think it was rather hilarious that the people who already knew of the existence of faeries were sceptical about Nick’s predicament but those who didn’t (and were drawn into the situation) were completely accepting, no mental breakdowns required. How convenient!

  reaction upon finishing

Oh boy! Now we’ve got even more work to do.

this book in one word


About Holly Black

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in January 2018.

She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.

About Tony DiTerlizzi

New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Tony DiTerlizzi, has been creating books for over a decade. From his fanciful picture books like “Jimmy Zangwow’s Moon Pie Adventure”, “Ted” and “The Spider & The Fly” (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like “Kenny and The Dragon” and the WondLa trilogy, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. With Holly Black, he created the middle-grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, which has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in over thirty countries. In 2014, he teamed up with Lucasfilm to retell the original Star Wars trilogy in a picture book featuring artwork by Academy award-winning concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie.

Overall: five-stars


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