Monday, June 02, 2008

The Fan's Guide to The Spiderwick Chronicles by Lois H. Gresh

The Fan's Guide to the Spiderwick Chronicles by Lois H. Gresh is a guide to the popular fantasy series by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. The first chapters of the book summarize all of the Spiderwick Chronicle novels. The book also gives a useful explanation of all the characters and creatures found in the novels. Gresh shares her opinion on the books and situations that happen in them. She goes into a brief, but detailed description of the three main characters: Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace. Since the Spiderwick novels are about fairies, Gresh also shares some other fairy legends, which she ties into her explanations. For instance, she mentions a lot of Irish myths that were not even remotely mentioned in the Spiderwick novels, and I thought that these legends were interesting and provided a deeper layer of context. A particular feature that I enjoyed in the book was the "fast fact" questions at the end of each chapter. Each question deals with something in the chapter, and it was cool to read the questions (even though the answers are quite simple).

I enjoyed reading The Fan's Guide to the Spiderwick Chronicles by Lois H. Gresh, although at times it could be a bit dry. However, I think that fans of the Spiderwick Chronicles will enjoy this book very much. As I mentioned earlier, I enjoyed the "fast fact" questions especially, as well as the various mythical legends presented within the book. I think that readers who really enjoy the Spiderwick universe and want to immerse themselves more deeply in it will really like this book. Also, readers who are fans of fairy lore oth inside and outside of the Spiderwick novelsw ill find this book an interesting read.

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: Saugerties, New York USA