I recently purchased the whole Spiderwick chronicles because it was at a great price and because I also remember reading it and loving it when I was little. This was a fun series, each book a short read with beautiful illustrations which I loved [and still do]. Each book also ends in a bit of a cliffhanger so I definitely recommend reading the whole series to really appreciate it.
The series revolves around the Grace siblings, twin boys, Jarod and Simon and their older sister Mallory. They had just moved into a relatives old run down house with their mum and discover their great-great-uncle's book about all magical creatures such as elves and brownies. These creatures live in the land among the humans but are invisible to the naked human eye! The creatures love to cause mischief around the house and soon the siblings find themselves in the middle of a battle because of the existence of a book that they have in their possession.
It all started with a mysterious letter left at a tiny bookstore for authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. Its closing lines: "We just want people to know about this. The stuff that has happened to us could happen to anyone." Little could they imagine the remarkable adventure that awaited them as they followed Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace and a strange old book into a world filled with elves, goblins, dwarves, trolls, and a fantastical menagerie of other creatures. The oddest part is in entering that world, they didn't leave this one!
All of the kids are easy to like and to relate to. They are typical kids with their own hobbies and interests but don't think they don't fight because they do! Overall I loved this series as a kid, it had a fantastic plot with interesting characters and the story held both exciting and hilarious moments, mainly due to the excellent writing.