Buy this book-on-disc for someone you love, perhaps a young teen, perhaps your grandma and they will thank you.
This is the story of how Tiffany Aching met the little blue men of the Nac Mac Feegle, became their Kelda (or queen) for a while, drove off a Monster from Another Dimension with a frying pan and ... but I've said too much.
Tiffany Aching lives on a part of the Discworld mostly given over to raising sheep and making cheese. Her grandmother is the local witch (or so they say) but she has just died when the story begins, leaving Tiffany with a big hole in her heart.
Tiffany is above all practical and, as is the case with Young Adult heroines, wise beyond her years. Her tale will by turns thrill and appall the listener, but will never bore.
And this reading has a major advantage over the print version for non-UK readers: The accents sort of explain themselves, whereas they tend to confuse in print if the reader is not familiar with...
This was my first Terry Pratchett book ever, thus my introduction to Discworld. I’ve wanted to read the series, but with 41 books I wasn’t sure I even wanted to attempt it. Wee Free Men is aimed at young adults with the female protagonist just a child (around 9 years old), and is the first book in the Tiffany Aching series, so it was a great place to start.
I’ve got to say, this was one of the best books I have read in a long time. The story is completely charming in itself, a young girl meets some little men with red hair, blue tattoos, wearing kilts, about 6 inches tall called Nac Mac Feegle or the Wee Free Men, and together they have to rescue her young brother. The characters are well developed and almost always entertaining and hilarious – for example her younger brother constantly asks for “sweeties”, the Wee Free Men speak in Scottish accents and say things like “Ah, crivens” and are generally good natured despite...
Another great book from Sir Terry that focuses on a young female heroine. This is definitely a book I will share with my step daughter who is currently quite obsessed with both fairies and a 7 year old's conception of vulgarity.
I love the morals here which teach that most of the time, you have to learn to take responsibility yourself, and that love isn't about giving someone everything that they want, but helping them get what they need. A good bit of the story has the heroine struggling to come to terms with her feelings for her brother: whether she actually loves him and how she feels about her parents feelings for him over her. Children struggling with young sibling rivalries should identify pretty well with the the story line.
More conservative parents may be put off by the Nac Mac Feegle tendency towards drinking and stealing, and possibly with the few references to adults in the book discussing a hidden image of a naked woman. But in the latter...
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