Literature: The Spiderwick Chronicles

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The Spiderwick Chronicles is a series of children's books by Holly Black 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 faeries that they never knew existed.

It consists of the following books:
  1. The Field Guide
  2. The Seeing Stone
  3. Lucinda's Secret
  4. The Ironwood Tree
  5. 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:
  1. The Nixie's Song
  2. A Giant Problem
  3. The Wyrm King

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

The original series has a 2008 film.

DiTerlizzi has also written a separate fantasy series called WondLa that has its own page.

The books provide examples of:


The film provides examples of:

  • Angel Face, Demon Face: 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.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The film uses "Checkmate" by Yuugin as its theme song in Japan.
  • Ascended Extra: 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 The Dragon, given intelligence by the Big Bad.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Thimbletack, thanks to his love of honey, is easily distracted from anger. Hogsqueal and birds too.
  • Brick Joke: Hogsqueal and his appetite for birds. It gets dropped on Mulgarath's head like a ten-ton anvil.
  • Brooklyn Rage: The "New Yorkers are tough" variant. When preparing to Hold the Line 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."
  • Car Fu
  • Curse Cut Short: Red Cap the lead goblin mumbles "Oh, sh-" as the stove full of tomato sauce explodes.
  • Disappeared Dad: The dad in question not only left the family, but is lying to Jared about coming to see him. He can't, because he's found another woman.
    • The same applies to Lucinda Spiderwick's father, 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.
  • Hold the Line: The Grace family defends their house against Mulgarath and the Goblins.
  • Idiot Ball: After being told repeatedly not to take the book outside of the house, Jared keeps on doing it
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: British Joan Plowright as the older Lucinda Spiderwick. Especially notable since we hear her 8-year-old self speaking with an American accent.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the books, Arthur dies at the end. In the movie, 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.
  • Tricking the Shapeshifter: Jared throws the book into the air, forcing Mulgarath to take on a crow form to grab it. Shortly thereafter he runs into a very hungry Hogsqueal, much to his detriment.
  • Tomato Sauce Weakness: Vinegar and salt are also effective.