Books: Notebook for Fantastical Observations

The Spiderwick Chronicles: Notebook for Fantastical Observations
Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
2005

I liked this book, it was cute and unique. It is set up with a picture of a fairy creature, a short quote about them, a story from a child who encountered one written in their own handwriting, a comment from the authors about the creature, and a section of fill-in pages with interesting and amusing questions that may or may not have to do with the creature discussed. It’s a very cute set up and the questions are really funny. They are such cute questions that I may start making up answers to them myself!

The illustrations are wonderful, as DiTerlizzi’s always are. They are very interesting pictures. I love the sketchy feel that gives them the impression of having been drawn into the book. The book really does feel like a set of notes about each creature and the sketches go a long way in reinforcing that impression.

This is a cute book. I can’t wait for the Spiderwick field guide to come out, but this was a great read in the meantime! Now I have to go figure out what my dream fairy baseball team would be! Check the book out, it’s a lot of fun. And if you haven’t read the “Spiderwick Chronicles”, go read them! They are funny and fresh. I hope to see more from these authors!

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