In The Field Guide, twins Jared and Simon and their older sister, Mallory, aren't all that impressed with the ramshackle old mansion their mother moves them to when their decidedly kooky Great Aunt Lucinda is sent to an asylum. But a series of mysterious events within the house leads the three young Graces to an old book filled with hand drawn pictures of all kinds of fantastic creatures. Jared believes the book holds the key to all the freaky goings on (for which he has been blamed).
In The Seeing Stone, the Grace kids are just beginning to get used to Aunt Lucinda's strange old mansion when Simon disappears. At first, Mallory thinks that her younger bother Simon is pulling some kind of prank. But when it becomes obvious that he's been snatched by goblins, Jared and his sister have to rely on the help of a mischevious house boggart, a nasty bridge troll, and a loud mouthed hobgoblin to get him back!
Don't miss more stories in the Spiderwick Chronicles.
©2003 Holly Black; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
This is one of the best audio books I have ever listened to. Normally I read books but we were on our way to a family summer vacation and so we all listened as my dad drove. The six hour drive was made so much better with this audio book. I can't wait to hear and read the other volumes of this series.
We listened to these books on our way back from vacation. The hour long adventures seemed to fly by faster than the miles home. The stories spur on the imagination into a world where all of the fantasy creatures you have ever imagined come to life. This imaginary world overlaps the very real world of the non-traditional family of a Mother and her three children. The Spiderwick Chronicles is a classic tale where any child, or anyone who has been one, dreams of discovering a secret world that flies under the radar of the adults around them. The whole family is looking forward to the next set of books.
It's nice to find a story (or two) that the whole family can enjoy in the car. The stories are short and lively. Now the kids want to read the rest of the chronicles!
This review is for all the Spiderwick chronicles. I was turned off by the narrator at first but wow was i wrong... Reading the books is fun, but listening to Mark Hamill create all the characters was like watching a really great movie. He brings you into this book as if it were alive with all the different incredible voices he does this is truly a treat!
The Chronicles are fun and enjoyable for all ages. I'll admit that in the beginning I had some misgivings about the Narrator but I shouldn't have; he did a great job. I would recommend getting the entire set and listening to the entire story arc back to back because, individually, each volume reads more like a chapter than a complete story.
After introducing my youngest to the movie this week (they would have been 3 when it was released), I hunted for the audiobook! Good news: found it on Audible! Not so good news...it seemed so short! :( Oh well, off to get Volume 2!
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