The Spiderwick Chronicles

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi didn't really make it onto my radar until I started to hear about the movie. Even then it didn't really register until I was at a bookstore with Cat and she bought the Complete First Serial.

Before I started to read it Cat when to see the movie and you might say she didn't like it. In fact, she may have issued a public service announcement suggesting that people don't go see it.  In fact, she and her husband disliked it so much that he's now refusing to read the books. Hey, The Head - are you listening? Read the books! They really are good.

The Spiderwick Chronicles follows the adventures of three siblings, Jared, Simon and Mallory, who move into their great aunt's house after their father leaves them. They discover a book that gets them into trouble as only the best books can do. It tells them all about the world of the fey and the usual hijinks ensue.

It's a fun story. And I think it would be great as a read aloud selection. It's probably a bit too dark for the wee littles but Jared and Simon are 9 and I think it would be great for that age group.

A fun story with sprites, elves, trolls, goblins and ogres. Great illustrations. Two thumbs up.