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Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide


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Holly Black spent her early years in a decaying Victorian mansion where her mother fed her a steady diet of ghost stories and faerie tales. An avid collector of rare folklore volumes, spooky dolls, and crazy hats, she lives in West Long Branch, New Jersey, with her husband, Theo. This is her first book. For more information, visit www blackholly.com. Mary Botham Howitt was born in 1799 in Coleford, England. Originally published in 1829, Mary's best-known work 'The Spider and the Fly' has been enjoyed by generations of readers and has become an age old classical cautionary tale. Mary Howitt died in Rome in 1888. Tony DiTerlizzi's unique and unusal artstyle is the perfect complement to Howitt's classic tale. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, New York.


Fans will welcome new additions to favorite series. Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You "accurately restored and described" by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black includes many of the beliefs upon which the Spiderwick Chronicles are based, on parchment-like pages that resemble an authentic scientific journal. Devoted readers will delight in the statement, "It should be noted that the color red is protective, but faeries do not like the color and will shy away from it," for instance, as part of Spiderwick's list of "equipment and protection." Handwritten notes and abundant drawings bring to life a scientific classification system for Brownies ("family: homunculidae"), Pixies, Griffins and the like. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Gr 3-6-This field guide purports to be a copy of Arthur Spiderwick's sketches and investigations into the beings and beasties of the "Invisible World"-the brownies, boggarts, kelpies, and other creatures that populate the stories. The beautiful illustrations in gouache and pencil, seemingly modeled after Audubon's work in Birds of America, are printed as if they were real century-old artworks that have left their shadowy imprints on the opposite pages. The descriptions are bits of Spiderwick's hard-learned lore, many apparently in his own handwriting, that make the art all the richer. Fantasy readers will love immersing themselves in the lore of the hidden-those things that only they, and people who are like them, can see. Field Guide will be pored over by anyone, of any age, who believes in sprites, phookas, and nixies.-Walter Minkel, New York Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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