The Nixie's Song: Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1

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Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Spiderwick series continues with new characters.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Main characters lie, and admire lying well.

Violence & Scariness

A creature is killed by being strangled and stabbed through the eye.

Language

One use of "lard ass."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's a bit of violence at the end, but otherwise this is pretty mild, milder than the original Spiderwick series, and not too scary or suspenseful.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 year old Written byronitld August 9, 2010

great adventure but fraught with suspense for younger ones

Scary but amazing adventure tale that incorporated fantasy and rite-of-passage. Good role model in Mallory, the swashbuckling older sister. Divorece is an issue... Continue reading
Parent of a 7 year old Written byOminotagoKnowsBest March 16, 2014

Bedtime Reading

This book is good for ages 7-9. It's an early chapter book series with a plot that builds fast. With only 9 chapters, it makes it suitable for short readin... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byseansoler May 28, 2010
Kid, 8 years old December 4, 2011

A great book

Just a great book. Old-fashioned setting and some surprising twists in the story. I read this at the end of first grade.

What's the story?

With his mother dead, Nick is none too happy when his father remarries and he has to give up his bedroom to his new stepsister, Laurie. He's even less happy to find that she's a weirdo who believes in the fairies and the unseen magical world she has read about in The Spiderwick Chronicles. But he's really unhappy to discover that she's right.

Is it any good?

This doesn't have the freshness and exciting suspense of the original series, and Nick and Laurie are rather unlikable protagonists. It does have one bit that long-time fans will enjoy, though: an appearance in the story by the author, illustrator, and the twins on whom the series is supposedly based. Nick and Laurie go to see them at a book signing, hoping for some advice in dealing with a problem with a giant, and are vastly disappointed. The author has fun razzing herself and her partner, and it provides a little metafiction interlude that jazzes the proceedings up for a while. But in the next book the basic story will have to pick up considerably, and Nick and Laurie will have to become a whole lot more appealing, to hold onto fans of the original series.

This is the beginning of a new series spun off The Spiderwick Chronicles. The characters are new, the setting changed to Florida, but the concept is the same: we are surrounded by an unseen, mostly malevolent, world of magical creatures, and certain magical items (here a four-leaf clover and the water a nixie has swum in) can give one the Sight to see it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the idea of an unseen world all around us. Do you think it's true? Can you find any evidence one way or the other? Do you wish it was true? Why or why not?

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