Friday, August 17, 2007

New SPIDERWICK Book Coming September 18!

Taking a page from J. K. Rowling, who aged her hero and the scope of her books as the Harry Potter series progressed, Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi seem intent on keeping their original audience with the September 18, 2007 release of their new series, Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles.

The first book is called The Nixie’s Song. Judging from the promotional information, the new book will introduce new characters and a new locale, shifting to Florida from New England. I can’t help imagining what DiTerlizzi’s illustrations are going to look like with a host of fantasy ocean creatures to draw.

The book has also gotten longer. Where most of the Spiderwick books were around 100 pages, with the last one hitting the scales at 160, this new series starts out at 192 pages. It’s also listed for the 9 to 12 crowd instead of the 7 to 11.

I have to admit, my curiosity is whetted and it’s going to be a long month before the new book hits the shelves. But it promises nixies, faeries, and fire-breathing giants. Oh my!


Katie said...

I've seen some things online about this series being turned into a movie. I've never read them so I don't know if they would transfer to the screen well.

I love Holly Black though. Her Modern Fairy Tales are wonderful but very dark. Full of teen angst. :)

Mel Odom said...

I saw the trailer today when we went to see STARDUST. The movie looks very faithful to the books. Can't wait.

Katie said...

Oh! You saw Stardust? How was it? I've been dying to see it... but I haven't read the book yet so I'm holding off.