The Care and Feeding of Sprites by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Posted September 14, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

The Care and Feeding of Sprites by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly BlackThe Care and Feeding of Sprites by Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
Illustrator: Tony DiTerlizzi
Published by Simon & Schuster on December 26th 2006
Genres: Fantasy, Childrens
Pages: 35
Format: Hardcover
Source: Owned
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Got Sprites?

Many would have you believe that sprites (or "fairies" as they're often called) are sweet and pretty and ultimately peaceful creatures. But don't let the carefree nature of these dazzling beguilers fool you. Because while they do make for awesome pets (or, if you prefer, companions), these are not creatures to be handled lightly. So forget everything you know - or think you know - about sprites, and listen to the experts from the International Sprite League as they, with the assistance of the creative team that brought you the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles, provide a resource that will prove to be as essential for the novice sprite keeper as a strong cage and eyes in the back of his or her head.

Main points

This book is sooo cute! It really makes me want a sprite as a pet. It’s really frustrating, honestly—this book is just teasing me! Here’s how to take care of a mythical creature, in great detail! But again, it goes into great detail about them as a species, even more than the series and the Guide. Like I said, I think other faeries should have their own books as well. What’s funny is that the book also talks about people who keep goblins as pets, and that’s just ridiculous. I can’t fathom it. Goblins are like, the most terrible. I would sooner try to keep a phooka as a pet. But sprites seem great, so long as you can keep them contained and relatively docile. They’re like little dolls that are alive and prefer to dress themselves. And also love scheming, apparently, and can bite. And sometimes kidnap infants? But they don’t seem nearly as dangerous as larger faeries.

There is also a website for the International Sprite League that I would love to access, but it seems to be down.

  reaction upon finishing

That was fun! Somebody get me a sprite for my birthday!

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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