and welcome once again to our corner of the universe. Today, we’re
going to take a trip to fantasy land. We’re going to visit
Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. This is a comic place
like no other. Come along with me and let’s go take a walk
in a fairy tale as funny as the ones my Dad used to tell.
Wee Free Men
Harper Collns — May 13, 2003
0060012366 — Trade paperback
0060012374 — Hardcover
Young Adult Fiction (ages 12 and older)
Reviewed by Jo Rogers, MyShelf.Com
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science fiction fans are familiar with Terry Pratchett’s Discworld
Series. Now, he brings the fun to the world of children’s
books with The Wee Free Men.
farm where Tiffany Aching lived was not the average farm. An Aching
has tilled the land for the Baron for centuries. Granny Aching kept
things going until her death, especially looking after the sheep.
Now, her father had it all to do. Tiffany and her sister helped,
of course. But Wentworth, Tiffany’s little brother, was no
help at all.
had gone down to the river with Wentworth, who she was babysitting.
Her work at the dairy was caught up for the moment, and she indulged
herself in some relaxation. After all, it was Tiffany who ran the
dairy, because she could make better butter and cheese than her
she saw something in the river, something she had never seen before.
Two men, no bigger than six inches tall, were climbing into a tiny
boat. They were shouting at her to run, that something bad was coming.
Tiffany was puzzled. The river looked as calm as ever. Then, she
saw it. It was green, and had eyes as big as soup plates. A monster
was not supposed to be in her river!
grabbed Wentworth and went to the house. After she consulted one
of Granny Aching’s books, she returned to the river, armed
with a stick, a bag of candy, the bit of string she always carried
in her pocket and Wentworth. She tied the bag of candy to the stick
and stuck in the ground on the river bank. Then, she waited. Sure
enough, when Wentworth tried to get the candy, the monster, Jenny
Green Teeth, raised herself up out of the water to grab him. But
Tiffany was ready. She smacked Jenny right in the face with the
frying pan. Jenny collapsed into the water and left.
to Tiffany, a witch, was watching. Miss Perspicacious Tick had seen
everything. She was truly astonished. That Tiffany Aching was a
witch, she had no doubt. But Tiffany lived on the Chalk, and no
witch could keep her powers on chalk. To grow a proper witch, she
had to live on rock. Chalk was much too soft. Miss Tick had to investigate.
There were worse things coming, and Tiffany wasn’t prepared
to deal with them.
her visit with Miss Tick, Tiffany also saw the little blue men again.
And then, Wentworth disappeared. Miss Tick had said not to do anything
until she came back with help. But this was something that couldn’t
wait. She had to find her brother. Armed only with her frying pan,
the blue men and Miss Tick’s toad, she set out to rescue Wentworth.
Wee Free Men is a hilarious jaunt into fairy tale land. But
how could it be less with a witch named Perspicacious Tick? That
is only the beginning of a wild tale that had me laughing out loud.
Mr. Pratchett has given us another good story that children and
adults will love!
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We must leave our happy corner
now and return to ordinary living. Until our next trip, Happy Reading!
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