(Please note that this post is also featured on the YA Simon blog for Simon & Schuster Canada.)
You don’t have to be a kid to fall into magic realms. I was reminded of this the other day when The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe played on CTV on Monday night. I spent the whole movie wondering why I had never read the Narnia books, or any other “other worldly” kids books. I somehow skipped The Golden Compass and was too old for The Spiderwick Chronicles. Or was I?
Last night, I crawled into bed with The Fantastical Serial Edition of the Spiderwick Chronicles; a gorgeous 600-paged book consisting of the first five books in the series and tons of bonus content (including some stunning sketches showing the birth of the characters from Tony DiTerlizzi himself). I adore Holly Black’s writing and have heard so much about Tony, so I just had to give it a shot. I felt immediately transported back to the excitement I had as a kid, diving into another place, time and world. Tony’s drawings are intricate and absolutely beautiful.
When you are a reader, your imagination is like a sixth sense. It comes naturally to let it wander into unknown areas, but to be guided through them by a storybook mastermind is such a pleasure! I’m already looking forward to heading back to Spiderwick tonight! My next big trip is to WondLa and you’re more than welcome to join!