The Field Guide is better considered the first chapter of the Chronicles that merely happens to be in book form, as all five of the stories create one entire tale. Jared is a refreshingly imperfect and unlikely hero. Young readers will appreciate his frustration and anger over the divorce, and will definitely sympathize with his trials, particularly since he often gets in trouble for things he did not do. Though the book would be enjoyed by quite young children, even down to first and second grade, newer readers may have difficulty with the vocabulary and benefit from reading with an adult or having the book read to them. The small size and short chapters make the book appealing to younger readers ready to grow as chapter readers, and also for struggling readers. The pace is quick, the characters varied, and the telling both humorous and believable. An auspicious beginning to a great series, and a fun read-aloud.