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Care and Feeding of Sprites : Spiderwick Chronicles - Holly Black

Care and Feeding of Sprites

Spiderwick Chronicles

By: Holly Black

Hardcover | 26 December 2006 | Edition Number 1

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Got Sprites?

Many would have you believe that sprites (or "fairies" as they're often called) are sweet and pretty and ultimately peaceful creatures. But don't let the carefree nature of these dazzling beguilers fool you. Because while they do make for awesome pets (or, if you prefer, companions), these are not creatures to be handled lightly. So forget everything you know -- or think you know -- about sprites, and listen to the experts from the International Sprite League as they, with the assistance of the creative team that brought you the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles, provide a resource that will prove to be as essential for the novice sprite keeper as a strong cage and eyes in the back of his or her head.
Industry Reviews
Jacketed in a large, folded, glow-in-the-dark poster, this guide for prospective sprite owners features a suite of minutely detailed, full-body portraits paired with cogent advice on selecting, obtaining (legally), housing, feeding and showing the finger-sized creatures. Distinctly insect-like in appearance, with wings, faceted eyes ("Sprites see in a manner that could be compared to looking at a wall of televisions, with several turned to different channels"), ornate coloration on chitinous bodies, but humanoid facial features, sprites come in a rich assortment of types. They range from the Rackham Sprite (a bit of homage there) to the Glowing Toadfly, and make rewarding, if invariably mischievous, pets-far less dangerous than, for instance, boggarts or will-o-the-wisps. This diverting vade mecum ends with an entry on the International Sprite League, which confirmed Spiderwickians will be strongly tempted to join. (Nonfiction. 8-11) (Kirkus Reviews)