I originally read The Spiderwick Chronicles when they were first published a few years ago but since I've been on such a childrens literature kick of late I thought it was time for a reread.The first volume, The Field Guide is a tiny 107 pages with a ton of beautiful illustrations thrown in so it takes nearly no time to get through. Despite their evidential lack of content I find this series just so utterly charming.The Field Guide begins out story with the introduction of the Grace children. Twin boys Simon and Jarrod and their older sister Malory. The children are uprooted, along with their mother to an old dilapidated house belonging to their Aunt Lucinda who currently resides in a nursing home.It soon becomes apparent that they aren't quite alone in the old house as they originally thought and we as readers are introduced to the idea of magical creatures such as Fairies and Brownies being far more real they we had imagined.The Field Guide does a good job of setting up the premise of the books. Introducing us to our main characters and their relatives (deceased and otherwise) who knew of the existence of magical creatures before them.This highly creative and imaginative series is a wonderful tool for the growing minds of children along with being a charming distraction for those of us just a little bit more mature. Highly recommended.