Book Review: The Spiderwick Chronicles - Care and Feeding of Sprites
by R.J. Carter
Published: December 30, 2006
While the adventures of the Grace children may have been concluded in the multi-part The Spiderwick Chronicles, the kids have been far from idle. And now that everyone else in the known world has become familiar with their interactions with the fairy creatures (and further spurred on by the publication of Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You), they all seem to want to "get into the act", as it were, capturing sprites (or thinking they have) and keeping them as pets.
To which end, Simon Grace has formed the International Sprite League (linked, inset) to educate the public on the qualities of the various sprites so that people (a) know how to care for them, (b) don't accidentally mistake a goblin for a sprite, and (c) don't get sold empty cages of "invisible sprites" by unscrupulous eBay sellers.
Holly Black (Valiant) and Tony DiTerlizzi (G is for One Gzonk) come together once again with this handsome hardcover, just in time for the launching of the International Sprite League. Armed with this information, you will be perfectly capable of grooming your sprite, providing them with the proper nutrition, housing your sprite, and deciding overall which sprite makes the best pet for you. It even provides helpful information for determining gender (since you'll want to provide the appropriate clothing and accessories for your sprite) in the extremely brief and informative chapter, "Sexing Your Sprite":
With several helpful illustrations and keys for identifying the traits of various sprites (do they bite, sting, clean, or steal infants?) as well as their habitats and primary modes of locomotion, The Spiderwick Chronicles Care and Feeding of Sprites will no doubt prove an invaluable asset. The dust jacket also unfolds into a glow-in-the-dark poster -- just the thing for the wall of the beginning sprite-ologist! And be sure to visit the International Sprite League website, where collectors and keepers from around the globe will be showing off digital photos of their sprites, as well as providing entertainment in the way of games, downloads and videos.
You may want to know if you have a girl sprite or a boy sprite. This is very difficult to determine visually. Your best means is asking.