Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

I finished the last book of both Spiderwick series'. I am a little sad to say goodbye. The books are wonderful and even the movie was great. The first series follows the story of Jared, Simon and Mallory as they discover a fantasy world just under the surface of our world. In the Beyond the Spiderwick, the trio is joined by Jules, Nick and Laurie (technically it's the other way around). The kids are forced to battle this other world to save ours but lightly sprinkled throughout this series is a touching story about what it means to be family and what it means to sacrifice. The kids learn so much and pull the reader along with them on a very bumpy ride. This book is simple enough for an early reader and is broken up with pictures to help keep the book from becoming too confusing. The writing is witty and appropriate. The book is action packed but not too scary for a young reader.

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