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Notebook for Fantastical Observations: The Spiderwick Chronicles    by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black order for
Notebook for Fantastical Observations
by Tony DiTerlizzi
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Like other books in the popular Spiderwick series, Notebook for Fantastical Observations has the trademark old-fashioned look in its cover and illustrations. This interactive volume is dedicated to 'writers, artists, and readers'. Inside are fourteen short stories of 'encounters with faerie' sent in to the authors, separated by suggested exercises to 'help you investigate faerie activity where you live' (along with a warning that some faeries can be dangerous).

The brief tales range from Kelly's problems after brownie Skifflewhim turns into a boggart and messes up her room, to Alex's encounter with a unicorn at the zoo. They feature dwarves, elves, goblins, dragons, griffins, hobgoblins, ogres, and other fey creatures. Creative interactive activities - such as making a 'Faerie Menu' with 'Today's Weird Food Specials', filling in a cartoon template for 'A Goblin Mystery', writing a postcard from a hobgoblin, inventing knock-knock jokes to share with faerie creatures - all relate to the story just told.

Give Notebook for Fantastical Observations to a young Spiderwick fan. It will keep them busy, and perhaps they'll share with you the doings of all the faerie creatures that populate their own imaginations.

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