Sunday, April 1, 2012

Review: The Seeing Stone by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black

The Seeing Stone

Author: Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

Publication Date: May 1st, 2003

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Genre: Fantasy/Adventure/Middle-Grade/YA



The Grace kids are just beginning to get used to Aunt Lucinda's strange old mansion when Simon suddenly disappears. Jared and his sister have to rely on the help of a mischievous house boggart, a nasty bridge troll, and a loud-mouthed hobgoblin to get him back.

My Thoughts: a little bit of trouble. In this book the definitely go even deeper. They were warned not to keep or use the book they found in the secret room of their house. They decided not to heed that warning and now they are paying.

In this book we get to meet some goblins, a griffin, a troll, and a hobgoblin. I really enjoy the fantasy characters created in this story. The goblins who have no teeth so they make them out of rocks or bits of broken glass. Or the hobgoblin who takes the teeth kids leave under their pillow and uses them for his own. This is pretty well written and I enjoyed it even more than the first one. It turns out, most of the other fantastical creatures are invisible to the human eye. But there does exist a stone, along with a couple other more disgusting methods, that allows you to see the creatures. They are portrayed pretty well and the illustrations that go with each creature type are very well done and a really nice addition. It's so very easy to picture all of them, and what is happening. The above mentioned goblins decide to kidnap Simon, Jared's twin. Jared and Mallory are off on an adventure to experience lots of things they never imagined were real. How will the fare being immersed in a world they thought was only imaginary? Will they part with the book for the safe return of their brother? Or will they be to late?

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