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''The Spiderwick Chronicles'' is a series of children's books by HollyBlack and Tony [=DiTerlizzi=]. They chronicle the adventures of the Grace children, twins Simon and Jared and their older sister Mallory, after they move into Spiderwick Estate and discover a field guide, written by their great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick, detailing a world of [[TheFairFolk faeries]] that they never knew existed.

It consists of the following books:
# ''The Field Guide''
# ''The Seeing Stone''
# ''Lucinda's Secret''
# ''The Ironwood Tree''
# ''The Wrath of Mulgarath''

A sequel series, ''Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles'', has two step-siblings having to find a way to stop a rampage of fire breathing giants threatening the state of Florida.

''Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles'' consists of:
# ''The Nixie's Song''
# ''A Giant Problem''
# ''The Wyrm King''

There are also some companion books, including a reproduction of the Field Guide itself.

The original series has a 2008 [[FilmOfTheBook film]].
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!!!The books provide examples of:

* AllThereInTheManual: The Field Guide provides much information about the invisible world not covered in the series.
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: They're semi-aquatic with long floppy ears and point noses.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Simon and Jared
* BluffTheImpostor: When Mulgareth pretends to be the kids' missing dad, Jared sees right through it and tests him.
* BrokenMasquerade
* CallReceivalArea
* ChekhovsGunman: Hogsqueal.
* ClockworkCreature: Dwarves have a passion for building these, wanting creatures as long lasting as they are.
* TheFairFolk
* FairyTale
* TheFullNameAdventures
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Quite literally in the first series, to the point that "crap" almost becomes Mallory's catchphrase. The second series turned this UpToEleven with use of "What the hell" and Jared calling Nicolas a "lard-ass"! The MoralGuardians weren't happy.
** There's also this exchange in ''The Ironwood Tree'' where Jared notices that Mallory's fencing armor makes her chest look big:
-->'''Jared''': "Looks like you've got..."
-->'''Mallory''': "Shut up!"
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: The Seeing Stone
* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Idiosyncratic Chapter Naming]]: Every chapter begins with "In Which..."
* InWhichATropeIsDescribed: All chapters of both series.
* LampshadeHanging: Chapter 7 of ''The Nixie's Song'' is titled "In Which We Nearly Break The Fourth Wall."
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: It's said the authors took the real stories of the Grace children (and changed their names for privacy's sake) as well as reproduced the Field Guide. The sequel series has a character that's read the previous books and the field guide and they even try getting the help of the authors at a book signing.
* MadLibFantasyTitle
* MeaningfulName: [[CoolOldGuy Jack]], who [[Literature/JackTheGiantKiller kills giants]].
* MissingMom: Nick's mom died prior to the beginning of ''Beyond''.
* MixAndMatchCritters: The faeries seen throughout the series borrow many traits from various plants and animals. WordOfGod has said that, seeing as faeries are the spirits of nature, it would make sense for them to appear this way.
* {{Motif}}: Spider motifs appear throughout the first series, the most obvious being the Spiderwick name. Other notables include the web-like design of the estate gate, and Arthur Spiderwhick's handwriting which is described as spidery.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** Fighting the Giants in the second series resulted in the Wyrms being able to run rampant.
** Jared reading the book in the first place.
* NippleAndDimed: Surprisingly averted in "Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles" where one of the mermaids has clearly visible nipples.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Mulgarath's dragons are serpentine, multi-legged and venomous. The Hydra is numerous wryms combined like a [[NightmareFuel rat king]], rather than a single creature with numerous heads.
* OurFairiesAreDifferent
* OurGiantsAreBigger
* OurGryphonsAreDifferent: Byron follows the typical classical gryphon body design, but the head is quite different, having a slender beak with teeth/tooth like serrations and ears more similar to those of lions than of the typical griffin ears. The movie made him a regular gryphon though.
* RhymesOnADime: Thimbletack the brownie rhymes at almost all times.
* ScavengedPunk: Thimbletack provides the page image. As a brownie, he lives in the walls and steals human items for his home. Drawn by Tony [=DiTerlizzi=], it looks very cool.
* SeeThruSpecs: The Seeing Stone. Hobgoblin spit acts as a permanent version.
* ShapeshifterGuiltTrip: [[spoiler:Mulgarath takes the form of the kids' dad to try to trick them into giving him the book.]] Not quite a straight example, as [[spoiler:they don't know it's him]].
* ShapeShifterSwanSong: Averted. [[spoiler:Hogsqueal eats Mulgarath in bird form, and he doesn't change back to his native form -- rather fortunately for Hogsqueal!]]
* StormingTheCastle: In the books. The movie has the fight arriving on the [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs doorsteps of the house.]]
* UrbanFantasy

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!!!The film provides examples of:

* AngelFaceDemonFace: Thimbletack is normally a brownie, which is a small, pink little thing. He turns into a more muscular, green, mini-troll like thing, known as a boggart, when he's mad.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The film uses [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoFcudPpCKc "Checkmate"]] by Yuugin as its theme song in Japan.
* AscendedExtra: Red Cap was originally just a Goblin that appeared in the final book of the original, who looked important, and gave only a few orders to the captured protagonist. In the movie he's TheDragon, given intelligence by the BigBad.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Thimbletack, thanks to his love of honey, is easily distracted from anger. Hogsqueal and birds too.
* BrickJoke: Hogsqueal and his appetite for birds. [[spoiler: It gets dropped on Mulgarath's head like a ten-ton [[AnvilOnHead anvil.]]]]
* BrooklynRage: The "New Yorkers are tough" variant. When preparing to HoldTheLine at the end of the movie, Jared gives his mother two kitchen knives to fight with.
--> '''Jared''': "Steel. Cuts and burns."
--> '''Helen''' (still rather confused): "Well, thank goodness we're New Yorkers."
* CarFu
* CurseCutShort: The lead goblin mumbles "Oh, sh-" as the stove full of tomato sauce explodes.
* DisappearedDad: The dad in question not only left the family, but is lying to Jared about coming to see him. [[spoiler: He can't, because he's found another woman.]]
** The same applies to Lucinda Spiderwick's father, [[spoiler:Arthur Spiderwick, the creator of the book. She witnessed him being carried away by fairies after she wandered outside of the protective circle around their house and was attacked by goblins.]] No one believed her when she told people about what happened to him for obvious reasons.
* HoldTheLine: The Grace family defends their house against Mulgarath and the Goblins.
* IdiotBall: After being told repeatedly not to take the book outside of the house, Jared keeps on doing it
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: British Joan Plowright as the older Lucinda Spiderwick. Especially notable since we hear her 8-year-old self speaking with an American accent.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the books, [[spoiler: Arthur]] dies at the end. In the movie, [[spoiler: he stays with the Sylphs, but his daughter also comes with him, and reverts to the same age she was when he was taken away.]]
* TrickingTheShapeshifter: [[spoiler:Jared throws the book into the air, forcing Mulgarath to take crow form to grab it. Shortly thereafter he runs into a very hungry Hogsqueal, much to his detriment.]]
* [[WeaksauceWeakness Tomato Sauce Weakness]]: Vinegar and salt are also effective.
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