Title: The Spiderwick Chronicles Book 2: The Seeing Stone
Authors: Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
May Contain Spoilers
Thanks to the mysterious book left behind by their long-lost great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick, life for the Grace kids — Jared, Simon, and Mallory — becomes more unpredictable than ever. When Simon goes off in search of his missing kitten and vanishes, Jared is convinced that one of the creatures from Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You has something to do with it. Mallory is not convinced. But when she and Jared have to contend with a band of marauding goblins, she begins to think Jared might be right — Simon is in grave danger and it’s up to her and Jared to save him.
I am surprised by how much I am enjoying The Spiderwick Chronicles. Now that the introduction for the setting and characters are behind us, this volume kept me glued to the pages from the very beginning. Jared and Mallory have to save Simon from a roving band of goblins, giving a sense of urgency to the narrative. Making this installment even more tense, the kids can’t even see the goblins unless they have possession of a seeing stone. Ugh! Poor Simon must have been scared out of his mind after he is kidnapped by a bunch of filthy creatures he can’t see. I wonder if he could still smell them?
Jared and Mallory bravely set out to rescue him, entering the scary woods armed with the seeing stone and Mallory’s fencing swords. They soon encounter more danger and excitement then they bargained for, and only their quick wits and determination to save Simon keep them from being a meal for the monsters. Tony DiTerlizzi’s illustrations compliment Holly Black’s prose, making a reading experience that is both visually and mentally appealing. I bit the bullet and added the last three volumes to my hold list at the library, and I can hardly wait to get them. With appealing characters and an engaging storytelling style, The Spiderwick Chronicles connects with kids and adults alike.
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