Illustrator: Tony DiTerlizzi
Published by Simon & Schuster on November 13th 2007
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
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Their world is closer than you think! From the #1 New York Times bestselling series comes an interactive look at the world of Spiderwick.
Take a tour with Thimbletack, resident and caretaker of the Spiderwick mansion, as he guides you through his scrapbook and personal collection of faerie artifacts. Learn the history of the Spiderwick estate and its former occupants; peruse lost letters that uncover long-hidden secrets; browse through personal items from the Grace kids; and read clips of stories from around the world about other encounters with strange and mythical creatures. The Chronicles of Spidewick comes complete with pullouts, pop-ups, foldouts, and more.
Their world has arrived.
Dare to step inside?
This book is a really cute scrapbook. I say “cute” but it does delve into the darker aspects of the story, such as the tragic accidents that happen to people because of faeries and the aftermath of Arthur’s disappearance. It also goes into Helen and Richard’s divorce and Jared’s suspensions and expulsions. It’s mostly a gathering of Arthur’s notes and drawings, newspaper clippings, letters, emails, old pictures, and Thimbletack’s little notes commenting on each category. There are several fun flaps to open and pockets in which to find things, like smaller booklets. There are also things that bring more realism to the Grace family, such as old pictures, a family tree, and a map of their house (finally! I love maps!), not to mention a number of official documents. A lot of effort has been put into this scrapbook. It gives an overview of some of the faeries they have encountered, but it mostly pertains to the specific ones they met, as opposed to the Guide, which goes much more in-depth about the species in general. There are also fun “artifacts” (drawings) that Thimbletack has scavenged from the Grace family, like things they’ve left lying around the house or thrown out. I wish there was more of Thimbletack’s narration, as the extended title touts, but it’s still cute. I admit I found the family tree a tad boring since we never heard about most of the people, but it was helpful in envisioning exactly what Lucinda’s and Arthur’s relation to them was. Also, Arthur’s handwriting was small and cursive and a little hard to decipher, but not impossible. I did love reading about his naturalist adventures.
So it’s a small overview of a lot of aspects of the book (people, places, creatures) put together in a fun style. It’s a fast read and a good companion to the series.
reaction upon finishing
What a nice idea!
this book in one word