MPAA Rating: PG, for scary creature action and violence, peril and some thematic elements
Age range: Ages 8 and up
Starring: Freddie Highmore, Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte, Joan Plowright, David Strathairn, Seth Rogen, Martin Short
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Mark Waters
Screenwriters: Karey Kirkpatrick, David Berenbaum and John Sayles
Release Date: February 14, 2008
The Spiderwick Chronicles - Movie Trailer
The Spiderwick Chronicles - Official SynopsisFrom the beloved best-selling series of books comes "The Spiderwick Chronicles," a fantasy adventure for the child in all of us. Peculiar things start to happen the moment the Grace family (Jared, his twin brother Simon, sister Mallory and their mom) leave New York and move into the secluded old house owned by their great, great uncle Arthur Spiderwick. Unable to explain the strange disappearances and accidents that seem to be happening on a daily basis, the family blames Jared. When he, Simon and Mallory investigate what's really going on, they uncover the fantastic truth of the Spiderwick estate and the creatures that inhabit it.
The Spiderwick Chronicles - Fun Facts
The Spiderwick Chronicles movie is based on the books written by Holly Black and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. The book series, written for children approximately ages 6-12, contains five separate books: The Field Guide, The Seeing Stone, Lucinda's Secret, The Ironwood Tree, and The Wrath of Mulgrath. At about 128 pages each, the books are good for parents and children to read together, or for kids to read on their own. Although, some children may find the books suspenseful or scary. The Spiderwick Chronicles books website has some great educational resources for educators to help kids develop thinking and literary skill in conjunction with reading the books.