Titles: The Spiderwick Chronicles, Books : The Seeing Stone & Book 3: Lucinda’s Secret
Authors: Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
The adventure continues in The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Seeing Stone and Lucinda’s Secret. In the continuation of the series, our hero Jared and his sibling companions adventure out of the house and onto the grounds of the Spiderwick Estate. There they meet a variety of new and interesting creatures, some of which are written about in the guide, and others which are completely mysterious. My favorite of these new creatures is the Phooka- a rhyme and riddle speaking tree climber, who is more creep than cute.
The books continue to showcase a magical world which is hidden in our own. Accented with beautiful sketch work (the vignette of Aunt Lucy is not an image that will soon escape my memory), these books are imaginative and full of spunk. The second and third books in this series begin to develop a sense of comedy and tragedy. I found myself emotionally relating to the characters, who are learning lessons along their journey. They are forced to put their intellect, their courage, their loyalty and love to the test. Jared begins to learn the hard lesson that things are not always as they seem, something I think all people can relate to, regardless of age. Jared notes that “[magic] seemed so great, but underneath it was just as disappointing as everything else” (The Spiderwick Chrionicles: Lucinda’s Secret, 56). This sudden turn toward the serious has left me wondering, are Jared, Simon and Mallory in too deep?
I venture to find out as I begin the fourth in the series, The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Ironwood Tree.
Posted By: Janine Reads