The Nixie's Song (Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, Bk 1)
The Nixie's Song - Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, Bk 1 Author:Holly Black The Spiderwick Chronicles leave the old-fashioned charm of New England far behind and head south for some fiendish faerie fun in the hot Florida sun. Eleven-year-old Nicholas Vargas only thinks his life has been turned upside down after his developer father remarries and moves his new wife and daughter into the soon-to-be completed... more » Mangrove Hollow.
But an "expedition" to a nearby lake turns up a little nixie with a giant problem - the huge, lumbering, fire-breathing variety - and it's up to Nick; his stepsister, Laurie; and his big brother, Julian (plus a familiar face from the original Spiderwick Chronicles) to figure out the best way to stop a host of rampaging giants before all of Florida goes up in smoke.« less
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I began reading this to my five-year-old son right after the first series. Can't say I was as impressed with these characters as I was the first set's, but we were first very happy to see the Grace twins show up to tie them together! We were both disappointed to see that the rest of this series is not published yet. :( We will have to wait... Same quick read and imagination, just not quite as enthralling as the first. Same need for mommy-editing though. Older kids (which they were certainly intended for) won't have any issues with name calling/grouchy kid stuff, but I avoid reading certain words to my young one - don't need to get a report from preschool! ;)
An interesting spin-off of the original series. Introduces us to new characters, one likable, one a sneaky liar. Brought back a couple of the characters from the first book. Even had a cheesy way of adding the authors 'as themselves' to it. (Not a big fan of that kind of plot device, especially when the author characters in the book don't match with what they've been trying portray themselves as in the prefaces and on the extras I saw on the DVD.) But, it's a quick read and fairly decent enough for me to read more, but not to spend something other than a PBS credit on.
This is the first book in the follow-up to the Spiderwick Chronicles; Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles. It is well-written and an okay read. I didn't like the main characters all that much. The story is very short, as with the Spiderwick Chronicles. The drawings are great.
Nick and Laurie are two step-siblings recently forced together through the marriage of their parents. Laurie believes in fairies and when Nick picks up a 4 leaf clover and spies a Nixie in the backyard, the two of them get sucked into a fairy adventure that neither of them expected.
I personally didn't like this book as much as any of the books in the Spiderwick Chronicles; for some reason it just doesn't seem as classically magical. It could be because the whole story takes place in a suburban housing development. There also wasn't any sort of wrap up to the story. You are left waiting to read the next book to see what happens. Luckily I had the next book. These books only take me 30 minutes to read; so I will definitely read the next one. Still I didn't think these were as impressive as the original books.
I personally thought it was QUITE boring...i read about half of it but then realized that i was just wasting my time on it...it was defadentally not as good as Holly Blacks other books, which i was totally absorbed in and read the whole series in a day.