Reviews for Care and Feeding of Sprites

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring
This companion to the Spiderwick series instructs would-be sprite owners about how to take on one of these demanding yet rewarding pets. With clever prose and lovely faux-technical illustrations, the authors provide a wealth of detail about sprites. Fans of the series will fall in love with this addition. A full-size glow-in-the-dark poster is included. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2006 November #2
Jacketed in a large, folded, glow-in-the-dark poster, this guide for prospective sprite owners features a suite of minutely detailed, full-body portraits paired with cogent advice on selecting, obtaining (legally), housing, feeding and showing the finger-sized creatures. Distinctly insect-like in appearance, with wings, faceted eyes ("Sprites see in a manner that could be compared to looking at a wall of televisions, with several turned to different channels"), ornate coloration on chitinous bodies, but humanoid facial features, sprites come in a rich assortment of types. They range from the Rackham Sprite (a bit of homage there) to the Glowing Toadfly, and make rewarding, if invariably mischievous, pets-far less dangerous than, for instance, boggarts or will-o-the-wisps. This diverting vade mecum ends with an entry on the International Sprite League, which confirmed Spiderwickians will be strongly tempted to join. (Nonfiction. 8-11) Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.