The Spiderwick Chronicles - Spiderwick Chronicles, Bks 1-5 - Boxed Set Author:Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi (Illustrator) A Box Set: The Spiderwick Chronicles includes the complete first serial: The Field Guide / The Seeing Stone / Lucinda's Secret / The Ironwood Tree / The Wrath of Mulgarat. Five captivating books! One thrilling adventure! It all started with a mysterious letter left at a tiny bookstore for authors Ton... more »y DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. Its closing lines: "We just want people to know about this. The stuff that has happened to us could happen to anyone". Little could they imagine the remarkable adventure that awaited them as they followed Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace and a strange old book into a world filled with elves, goblins, dwarves, trolls, and a fantastical menagerie of other creatures.
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide, Bk 1: When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Seeing Stone, Bk 2: When Mallory and Jared attempt to rescue Simon from goblins, they use a magical stone which enables them to see things that are normally invisible.
The Spiderwick Chronicles: Lucinda's Secret, Bk 3: With goblins, trolls, and the house boggart all trying to get them, the Grace children turn to Great Aunt Lucinda for help.
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Ironwood Tree, Bk 4: After Mallory is kidnapped at her fencing meet, Jared and Simon search for her near an old quarry and find themselves amidst dwarves and goblins.
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Wrath of Mulgarath, Bk 5: Jared, Simon, and Mallory return home and learn that Mulgarath has made off with their mother and Spiderwick's Guide. With the help of Thimbletack, Hogsqueal, and Byron, the Grace kids have to rescue Arthur Spiderwick from Lorengorn and the elves, and defeat Mulgarath and his goblin army.« less
I read these to my five-year-old son as his first "chapter books", with a little self-editing along the way. They are good - very imaginative, the writing has great imagery and decent character development. My son was not scared by the images (but some could be) but rather it ignited his imagination. Some language might be unpopular with some parents (name calling and the such). Very quick read for an adult, an easy read if you read to your child (very short chapters) and good enough writing to keep the parent entertained as well. Best part was that he was chomping at the bit to read each night, and begged for "just one more" chapter each time!