The Wee Free Men: The First Tiffany Aching Adventure (Discworld Series #30)

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A nightmarish danger threatens from the other side of reality . . .

Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Luckily she has some very unusual help: the local Nac Mac Feegle?aka the Wee Free Men?a clan of fierce, sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men.

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Overview

A nightmarish danger threatens from the other side of reality . . .

Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Luckily she has some very unusual help: the local Nac Mac Feegle—aka the Wee Free Men—a clan of fierce, sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men.

Together they must face headless horsemen, ferocious grimhounds, terrifying dreams come true, and ultimately the sinister Queen of the Elves herself. . . .

A Story of Discworld

A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Carnegie Medalist Terry Pratchett serves up another fantastic Discworld tale, this time starring a budding witch -- and a pack of mini blue warriors -- on a rescue mission to find her kidnapped brother.

Tiffany Aching has all the makings of a strong witch, including quick wit against scary creatures, various levels of "Sight," and the unheard-of ability to befriend the Nac Mac Feegle -- otherwise known as the Wee Free Men. So when the powerful Queen of the Elves snatches Tiffany's brother, the confident girl travels to Fairyland with the help of her new blue friends, battling sinister dogs, escaping the dreams of magical dromes, and finally coming face-to-face with the nightmarish queen herself. Tiffany has the ability to defeat the evil ruler, but in order to escape, she must first connect with the past, know her home, and feel herself alive.

With all the adventure and smart humor his fans have come to love, Pratchett's Discworld novel is entrancing from the start. Always a master storyteller, the author weaves together various worlds and times to create scenes deep enough for fantasy lovers of every level. Tiffany and the Wee Free Men are memorable characters, and we certainly hope we haven't seen the last of them. Shana Taylor

KLIATT
“Perfect for anyone who enjoys The Princess Bride and the works of Douglas Adams.” (starred review)
ALA Booklist
“The humor and the danger will appeal to Discworld fans and also readers who relish J. K. Rowling’s Harry.”
New York Times Book Review
“Like Celtic mythology fused with ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer.’”
Locus
“A lovely romp for Pratchett fans of all ages.”
The Chicago Tribune
“Wonderful language, genuinely scary explorations, and a young girl whose growing up is believable and exciting.”
The Horn Book (starred review)
“Just the package to appeal to those who admire not just a brave heart but a quick comeback as well.”
ALA Booklist
“The humor and the danger will appeal to Discworld fans and also readers who relish J. K. Rowling’s Harry.”
New York Times Book Review
“Like Celtic mythology fused with ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer.’”
Locus
“A lovely romp for Pratchett fans of all ages.”
The Chicago Tribune
“Wonderful language, genuinely scary explorations, and a young girl whose growing up is believable and exciting.”
The Horn Book (starred review)
“Just the package to appeal to those who admire not just a brave heart but a quick comeback as well.”
The Washington Post
Despite its slapstick, wordplay and "Simpsons"-like comedy, The Wee Free Men teaches, slantwise like all good fiction, the importance of trust, kindness, determination and responsibility. And as in any good fantasy tale, the Story ends with nothing changed and everything changed. — Michael Dirda
Publishers Weekly
This tale set in Discworld stars a plucky young witch-in-training who, according to PW's starred review, "will win over not only readers but the title characters, (somewhat) lovable imps who exude a certain charm despite their innate and unrepentant kleptomania." Ages 12-up. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
As Tiffany Aching lies beside a stream tickling a trout, she wishes she could be a witch. Then Miss Perspicacia Tick, a proven witch, comes along and tells Tiffany that she is a witch already. She loans Tiffany her talking toad to help teach her what it means to be a witch. Before long Tiffany meets the Wee Free Men who are blue, six inches tall and sound amazing like old Scottish Reivers. When her brother is stolen by the "Quin" and taken into fairyland, the Wee Free Men join her on her quest to rescue him. Armed only with a frying pan and her grandmother's book about the diseases of sheep, Tiffany and her allies meet many fearsome challenges, not the least of which is nightmares that distort reality. Her search for her brother mixes humor and adventure and throws in a playful spice of words like "susurrus" and "onomatopoeia" whose meanings are clear in their context. This is the latest addition to Mr. Pratchett's "Discworld" series. "Discworld," the author says, "...started out as a parody of all the fantasy that was around in the big boom of the early '80s, then turned into a satire on just about everything, and even I don't know what it is now." Each book stands well on its own, but is likely to lure the reader to read more "Discworld" books. Mr. Pratchett, who has received many prestigious awards, won the 2001 Carnegie Medal for The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. 2003, Harper Collins Publishers,
— Janet Crane Barley
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
When her brother is stolen by the Queen of the Fairies, Tiffany Aching sets out to rescue him with the help of the Wee Free Men, who are "six inches tall and mostly colored blue." The original book was published to great acclaim in 2003. This book in the "Discworld Series" has now been published in a gift book size, 8 by 10 ½ inches. There are many full-page illustrations throughout the book, some with half-page folds that show a continuation of the action, such as when Tiffany walks through the stone arch from her world into another. Player captures the humor and the tension in the scenes he illustrates. This is, indeed, a young adult novel, and I question the necessity of an illustrated edition. Pratchett's descriptive language needs no pictures. On the other hand, a teen who has difficulty reading the Nac Mac Feegle dialect might find this helpful, but will teens want to be seen with an oversize book? One of the illustrations shows a wee, blue red-haired man who "was definitely making a gesture with his hand." If parents of younger children were thinking of reading this aloud to them, they would not be comfortable with this in both text and illustration. It is a lovely edition but I do not know who the intended audience might be. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
VOYA
Young Tiffany Aching knows lots about minding sheep, children, and the dairy, but until she finds herself forced to do battle with the malicious Queen of the Elves, she does not know anything at all about magic and witchcraft. Without warning one afternoon, various denizens of Fairyland invade the chalk country, home to generations of shepherds and Tiffany's only home. Keeping in mind the sturdy independence and shrewd insights of her beloved and recently deceased Granny Aching, Tiffany sets out to protect what is hers. She is aided in her progress through the nightmarish convolutions of Fairyland by her new acquaintances, the Wee Free Men. These six-inch-high, blue pictsies excel at fighting, thieving, and drinking. Believing themselves already to have died and gone to heaven, they are absolutely fearless and indomitable, if a bit likely to get sidetracked anytime an opportunity to indulge in one of their three favorite pastimes arises. Eventually, Tiffany fulfills her quest, but as with all good heroines, she learns more about herself than anything else and will not be able to return to a quiet life just making cheeses anymore. Fans of Pratchett's series will enjoy cameo appearances in the novel by several well-known Discworld witches, but for the most part the book stands on its own. Uncharacteristically for Pratchett, the novel is hobbled, however, by a predictable plot and redeemed only through its characters. Tiffany's staunch practicality is nicely balanced by the impulsive vigor of the Wee Free Men, and the dialogue is always lively. PLB
— Megan Isaac <%ISBN%>0060012366
KLIATT
What a treat! SF writer Pratchett, author of the hilarious The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (winner of Britain's Carnegie Medal and an ALA Best Book for YAs; reviewed in KLIATT in November 2001), offers here a second novel for YAs that will delight fans of both fantasy and humor. Tiffany Aching is a young dairymaid living in rural chalk country, but she is also an exceptionally brave and clever girl with witch-like talents. When she unexpectedly sees a monster rise up out of the stream one day, she has the presence of mind to use her spoiled little brother, Wentworth, as bait and then bash the creature with a frying pan. When the dreadful Queen of Fairyland steals Wentworth, Tiffany boldly goes to rescue him, aided by a talking toad (formerly a lawyer) and the wee free men. These are six-inch-high blue men with names like Rob Anybody, Daft Wullie, and Not-as-big-as-Medium-Sized-Jock-but-bigger-than-Wee-Jock-Jock, who live for stealing, drinking, and fighting, and who speak in broad Scottish accents. Tiffany is lucky to have them on her side, for Fairyland is a fearsome place, full of nightmares that have come to life. Tiffany triumphs in the end, of course, and like her revered grandmother, learns to "speak for that which has no voice" and to courageously defend the weak. Throughout, puns and zany humor abound. Tiffany is (unrealistically) said to be only nine years old, but this should not deter older readers in any way: the satiric sense of humor is perfect for anyone who enjoys The Princess Bride and the works of Douglas Adams. A wonderfully funny fantasy for all ages. (A Story of Discworld). KLIATT Codes: JSA*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior highschool students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, HarperCollins, 272p.,
— Paula Rohrlick
School Library Journal

Gr 6-10

This new edition of the first book in Pratchett's excellent "Tiffany Aching" series (HarperTempest) features full-color illustrations that are true to the author's keen descriptions. Fans of the original won't find faults: Tiffany looks like a true nine-year-old, and the blue-skinned Wee Free Men seem appropriately fierce and funny at the same time. Three well-chosen foldouts show key plot transitions as Tiffany first sees the Wee Free Men, later steps into the fairy world, and ultimately unleashes her full powers. Plentiful spot illustrations and creative use of space show that the illustrator has clearly entered into the spirit of Tiffany's world. Significant words occasionally appear behind the text in light gray, appropriate for a girl who has read the dictionary (because "no one told her you weren't supposed to"). Line drawings of Wee Free Men frequently appear along page borders as they hang from, climb up, and occasionally steal the letters of the text. Recurring passages that tell the backstory of Tiffany's Granny, merely italicized in the original edition, are now cleverly highlighted by insets resembling yellowed paper. Pratchett's expertly written fantasy works fine without any pictures, but these attractive images are quite effective without overwhelming the words. For less sophisticated readers, the visual elements may serve as reference points to help them navigate the rich setting and cohesive but complex plot.-Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR

School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-When Tiffany enters Fairyland to rescue her kidnapped brother, readers are in for a rousing romp, for this girl has grit, determination, and more than a touch of witchcraft on her side. With clever dialogue and outlandish characters, this suspenseful fantasy is as funny as it is wise. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
There will be upheavals in the human and fantasy worlds of elves and witches, with drastic consequences, and Tiffany, with only a frying pan for a weapon, is caught in the middle. In an effort to rescue her spoiled, candy-loving baby brother whom the Elf Queen has stolen with the temptation of endless sweets, Tiffany enlists the aid of the Wee Free Men. The baby's rescue is accomplished with unrelenting drama, large servings of Pratchett's ironic humor, and a unique cast of characters. This includes an imperfect heroine who has inherited "First Sight and Second Thoughts" and who feels guilty because she did not truly love her whiney brother. The Wee Free Men are six-inch-tall blue men with a robust enthusiasm for stealing, fighting, and drinking. Set in a chillingly unrecognizable "fairyland," this ingenious mélange of fantasy, action, humor, and sly bits of social commentary contains complex underlying themes of the nature of love, reality, and dreams. The Carnegie Medal-winner's fans will not be disappointed. (Fantasy. 12+)
From the Publisher
“Ethically challenging, beautifully orchestrated, philosophically opposed to the usual plot fixes of fantasy.”
 -- Guardian

“A passion for language, wordplay and puns bursts from the pages.”
-- Daily Telegraph

"Funny, terrifying and enlightening and quite, quite brilliant."
--Starburst

"Plenty to laugh at here, not least Pratchett's ability to put a 90 degree spin on the familiar."
--The Times

"Teen witch Tiffany is one of [Terry Pratchett's] most formidable creations yet."
--Time Out

"Ingenious mélange of fantasy, action, humour, and sly bits of social commentary."
--Kirkus Reviews

From the Hardcover edition.

The Horn Book
"Just the package to appeal to those who admire not just a brave heart but a quick comeback as well."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060012380
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/25/2004
  • Series: Discworld Series , #30
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 63,795
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. His acclaimed novels are bestsellers in the United States and the United Kingdom, and have sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. In January 2009, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Pratchett a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry lives in England.

Biography

Welcome to a magical world populated by the usual fantasy fare: elves and ogres, wizards and witches, dwarves and trolls. But wait—is that witch wielding a frying pan rather than a broomstick? Has that wizard just clumsily tumbled off the edge of the world? And what is with the dwarf they call Carrot, who just so happens to stand six-foot six-inches tall? Why, this is not the usual fantasy fare at all—this is Terry Pratchett's delightfully twisted Discworld!

Beloved British writer Pratchett first jump-started his career while working as a journalist for Bucks Free Press during the '60s. As luck would have it, one of his assignments was an interview with Peter Bander van Duren, a representative of a small press called Colin Smythe Limited. Pratchett took advantage of his meeting with Bander van Duren to pitch a weird story about a battle set in the pile of a frayed carpet. Bander van Duren bit, and in 1971 Pratchett's very first novel, The Carpet People, was published, setting the tone for a career characterized by wacky flights of fancy and sly humor.

Pratchett's take on fantasy fiction is quite unlike that of anyone else working in the genre. The kinds of sword-and-dragon tales popularized by fellow Brits like J.R.R. Tolkein and C. S. Lewis have traditionally been characterized by their extreme self-seriousness. However, Pratchett has retooled Middle Earth and Narnia with gleeful goofiness, using his Discworld as a means to poke fun at fantasy. As Pratchett explained to Locus Magazine, "Discworld started as an antidote to bad fantasy, because there was a big explosion of fantasy in the late '70s, an awful lot of it was highly derivative, and people weren't bringing new things to it."

In 1983, Pratchett unveiled Discworld with The Color of Magic. Since then, he has added installments to the absurdly hilarious saga at the average rate of one book per year. Influenced by moderately current affairs, he has often used the series to subtly satirize aspects of the real world; the results have inspired critics to rapturous praise. ("The most breathtaking display of comic invention since PG Wodehouse," raved The Times of London.) He occasionally ventures outside the series with standalone novels like the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy, a sci fi adventure sequence for young readers, or Good Omens, his bestselling collaboration with graphic novelist Neil Gaiman.

Sadly, in 2008 fans received the devastating news that Pratchett had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. He has described his own reaction as "fairly philosophical" and says he plans to continue writing so long as he is able.

Good To Know

Pratchett's bestselling young adult novel Only You Can Save Mankind was adapted for the British stage as a critically acclaimed musical in 2004.

Discworld is not just the subject of a bestselling series of novels. It has also inspired a series of computer games in which players play the role of the hapless wizard Rincewind.

A few fun outtakes from our interview with Pratchett:

"I became a journalist at 17. A few hours later I saw my first dead body, which was somewhat…colourful. That's when I learned you can go on throwing up after you run out of things to throw up."

"The only superstition I have is that I must start a new book on the same day that I finish the last one, even if it's just a few notes in a file. I dread not having work in progress.

"I grow as many of our vegetables as I can, because my granddad was a professional gardener and it's in the blood. Grew really good chilies this year.

"I'm not really good at fun-to-know, human interest stuff. We're not ‘celebrities', whose life itself is a performance. Good or bad or ugly, we are our words. They're what people meet.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Terence David John Pratchett
    2. Hometown:
      Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 28, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
    1. Education:
      Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

Read an Excerpt

Chapter 1

A Clang Well Done

Some things start before other things.

It was a summer shower but didn't appear to know it, and it was pouring rain as fast as a winter storm.

Miss Perspicacia Tick sat in what little shelter a raggedy hedge could give her and explored the universe. She didn't notice the rain. Witches dried out quickly.

The exploring of the universe was being done with a couple of twigs tied together with string, a stone with a hole in it, an egg, one of Miss Tick's stockings which also had a hole in it, a pin, a piece of paper and a tiny stub of pencil. Unlike wizards, witches learn to make do with a little.

The items had been tied and twisted together to make a . . . device. It moved oddly when she prodded it. One of the sticks seemed to pass right through the egg, for example, and came out the other side without leaving a mark.

'Yes,' she said quietly, as rain poured off the rim of her hat. 'There it is. A definite ripple in the walls of the world. Very worrying. There's probably another world making contact. That's never good. I ought to go there. But . . . according to my left elbow, there's a witch there already . . .'

'She'll sort it out, then,' said a small and, for now, mysterious voice from somewhere near her feet.

'No, it can't be right. That's chalk country over that way,' said Miss Tick. 'You can't grow a good witch on chalk. The stuff's barely harder than clay. You need good hard rock to grow a witch, believe me.' Miss Tick shook her head, sending raindrops flying. 'But my elbows are generally very reliable.'

'Why talk about it? Let's go and see,' said the voice. 'We're not doing very well around here, are we?'

That was true. The lowlands weren't good to witches. Miss Tick was making pennies by doing bits of medicine and misfortune-telling, and slept in barns most nights. She'd twice been thrown in ponds.

'I can't barge in,' she said. 'Not on another witch's territory. That never, ever works. But . . .' she paused, 'witches don't just turn up out of nowhere. Let's have a look . . .'

She pulled a cracked saucer out of her pocket, and tipped into it the rainwater that had collected on her hat. Then she took a bottle of ink out of another pocket and poured in just enough to turn the water black.

She cupped it in her hands to keep the raindrops out, and listened to her eyes.

Tiffany Aching was lying on her stomach by the river, tickling trout. She liked to hear them laugh. It came up in bubbles.

A little way away, where the river bank became a sort of pebble beach, her brother Wentworth was messing around with a stick, and almost certainly making himself sticky.

Anything could make Wentworth sticky. Washed and dried and left in the middle of a clean floor for five minutes, Wentworth would be sticky. It didn't seem to come from anywhere. He just got sticky. But he was an easy child to mind, provided you stopped him eating frogs.

There was a small part of Tiffany's brain that wasn't too certain about the name Tiffany. She was nine years old and felt that Tiffany was going to be a hard name to live up to. Besides, she'd decided only last week that she wanted to be a witch when she grew up, and she was certain Tiffany just wouldn't work. People would laugh.

Another and larger part of Tiffany's brain was thinking of the word 'susurrus'. It was a word that not many people have thought about, ever. As her fingers rubbed the trout under its chin she rolled the word round and round in her head.

Susurrus . . . according to her grandmother's dictionary, it meant 'a low soft sound, as of whispering or muttering'. Tiffany liked the taste of the word. It made her think of mysterious people in long cloaks whispering important secrets behind a door: susurrususssurrusss . . .

She'd read the dictionary all the way through. No one told her you weren't supposed to.

As she thought this, she realized that the happy trout had swum away. But something else was in the water, only a few inches from her face.

It was a round basket, no bigger than half a coconut shell, coated with something to block up the holes and make it float. A little man, only six inches high, was standing up in it. He had a mass of untidy red hair, into which a few feathers, beads and bits of cloth had been woven. He had a red beard, which was pretty much as bad as the hair. The rest of him that wasn't covered with blue tattoos was covered with a tiny kilt. And he was waving a fist at her, and shouting:

'Crivens! Gang awa' oot o' here, ye daft wee hinny! 'Ware the green heid!'

And with that he pulled at a piece of string that was hanging over the side of his boat and a second red-headed man surfaced, gulping air.

'Nae time for fishin'!' said the first man, hauling him aboard. 'The green heid's coming!'

'Crivens!' said the swimmer, water pouring off him. 'Let's offski!'

And with that he grabbed one very small oar and, with rapid back and forth movements, made the basket speed away.

'Excuse me!' Tiffany shouted. 'Are you fairies?'

But there was no answer. The little round boat had disappeared in the reeds.

Probably not, Tiffany decided.

Then, to her dark delight, there was a susurrus. There was no wind, but the leaves on the alder bushes by the river bank began to shake and rustle. So did the reeds. They didn't bend, they just blurred. Everything blurred, as if something had picked up the world and was shaking it. The air fizzed. People whispered behind closed doors . . .

The water began to bubble, just under the bank. It wasn't very deep here - it would only have reached Tiffany's knees if she'd paddled - but it was suddenly darker and greener and, somehow, much deeper . . .

She took a couple of steps backwards just before long skinny arms fountained out of the water and clawed madly at the bank where she had been. For a moment she saw a thin face with long sharp teeth, huge round eyes and dripping green hair like waterweed, and then the thing plunged back into the depths.

By the time the water closed over it Tiffany was already running along the bank to the little beach where Wentworth was making frog pies. She snatched up the child just as a stream of bubbles came around the curve in the bank. Once again the water boiled, the green-haired creature shot up, and the long arms clawed at the mud. Then it screamed, and dropped back into the water.

'I wanna go-a toy-lut!' screamed Wentworth.

Tiffany ignored him. She was watching the river with a thoughtful expression.

I'm not scared at all, she thought. How strange. I ought to be scared, but I'm just angry. I mean, I can feel the scared, like a red-hot ball, but the angry isn't letting it out . . .

'Wenny wanna wanna wanna go-a toy-lut!' Wentworth shrieked.

'Go on, then,' said Tiffany, absent-mindedly. The ripples were still sloshing against the bank.

There was no point in telling anyone about this. Everyone would just say 'What an imagination the child has' if they were feeling in a good mood, or 'Don't tell stories!' if they weren't.

She was still very angry. How dare a monster turn up in the river? Especially one so . . . so . . . ridiculous! Who did it think she was?

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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  • Posted August 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Pratchett is a Brilliant Madman!

    Terry Pratchett has never written a bad book. The wit and wisdom of Mr. Pratchett is incredible and he'll make you laugh your guts out. The Wee Free Men is another great one by the master of farcical fantasy. A young farm girl follows her little brother into Fairyland and the Elf Queen who kidnapped him. The Wee Free Men (little blue men with flaming red hair with scottish brogues), know as Feegles, introduced in earlier works from the Discworld Series are here to help her. These guys will fight anything or anyone. Except Lawyers, who are terrifying to the little blue battle frenzying guys. With the help of the Feegles the girl is out to rescue her bratty baby brother and hilarity ensues. Three famous characters from the Discworld series show up for cameos and a promise of things to come for the young witch (age 9). Great story to read aloud to kids if you can handle the Scottish Brogue of the dialogue. Make sure you have time to stay up late to finish another comedic page turner form dear Mr. Pratchett.

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  • Posted November 18, 2009

    DON'T BUY IF YOU HAVE A PHONE eREADER.

    The phone eReaders (I have a Blackberry Curve) may not be able to handle the footnotes. Terry Pratchett often includes extensive footnotes that add to the story and are fun to read! Spoke with technical support, who confirmed that it would not work with some phones (maybe all). The links do work on the computer, but who only reads books on their computer?? Wasn't able to get any credit for the book either. Sadly the story seems fun and being able to read the footnotes would make it so much better.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Absolutely fantastic. Tiffany is the girl I wish I had been when

    Absolutely fantastic. Tiffany is the girl I wish I had been when I was
    young and hope my daughters will be.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

    Awesome book

    Totally reccommend this book so awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Funny book

    This is my first foray into the world of Terry Pratchett and Discworld. Loved it. Tiffany was the perfect heroine, unsure of herself at first, gradually gaining confidence in her witch skills. The Wee Free Men were hilarious.

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

    Terry Pratchett never disappoints. Tiffany Aching is quick, clev

    Terry Pratchett never disappoints. Tiffany Aching is quick, clever, and
    she has the hilarious Wee Free Men on her side. Great read, I didn't
    want to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    An amazing story

    Imagine this: You are in a dark theater. You check the program. The play? The Wee Free Men. The curtain goes up.
    You have entered Discworld.
    The play is about a nine-year old witch. Tiffany Aching. She was just another child on the farm... till she saw Jenny Greenteeth.
    You watch, entranced as she befriends the Nac Mac Feegles, and becomes their kelda. She then enlists their help to venture into the heart of Fairyland and rescue her kidnapped younger brother.
    The curtains close.
    A moment of silence.
    Your eardrums explode.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Love!

    Fantastic & hilarious!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Hilarious satire of fairy tale critters

    The introductory story of Tiffany & the Nac Mac Feegles is hilarious: what happens when fairy-tale monsters meet up with someone who has (Un)Common Sense, even if that someone is a child. Pratchett is a genius of satire, and this book is no exception.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

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    Strange And Funny--Hilarious

    The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett is fantasy which I read for a change of pace and enjoyed. I normally do not read fantasy books but it looked like it would be a funny book and it is. I was not at all disappointed. It's a story about a little girl who wanted to be witch. When her little brother is missing, she goes after him into Fairyland to get him back from the Queen. It is sort of a combination of "The Wizard of Oz" and "Alice in Wonderland" and does not make much sense. The Wee Free men (Nac Mac Feegle) were blue with red hair and about six inches tall, noted for stealing, fighting and drinking. They were very fast, strong and helped Tiffany get her brother back. I liked them especially but it wasn't always easy to understand them. I especially liked the part of the Nac Mac Feegle steeling the sheep and at the end about the lawyer humor.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to escape reality for awhile and just be entertained. Oh, it's such a crazy book that the printing is upside down so you actually read it backwards!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2010

    Great Book

    A quick read that is a lot of fun. The interesting lead character is a spunky young lady that keeps the story moving along. While the target audience is young, it is a great read for us more mature people also.

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  • Posted December 10, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    What's blue, wears a kilt, and says "Crivens"?

    The Nac Mac Feegle are by far my favorite of all creatures in fantasy literature. I simply adored their spunk. They were endearing characters who left me in a continual state of laughter as they assisted their Kelda, the main character, on her quest. The main character, a nine year old child of the Chalk named Tiffany, besides being a proficent cheese maker was a delightful surprise. She was an independent, free thinking,and intelligent spirit. Her valor and determination were beyond compare. It was this protagonist and her blue skinned, kilt wearing, foul mouthed pictsie clan that propelled my reading adventure.

    While the story began as a page turner I felt my boredom grow as I neared the middle stages of the plot. Side plots, characters, and all the other little details that compose a story seemed to have no clear defination, making the story a bit hard to follow and believe. The ending was okay as far as endings go, but left me wishing the middle pages could rewrite themselves. I would still highly recommend reading other Terry Pratchett novels. Mr. Pratchett has a spellbinding ability to weave stotylines, design characters, and bring to life world's of fancy. I am currently reading Going Postal and can not put it down! I will continue to read Terry Pratchett's work until I have consumed every last book (Note: The Wee Free Men was my first introduction to the works of Terry Pratchett, who came highly reccomended from an esteemed group of Aussie mates).

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    Terry Pratchett is a super writer, both prolific and skilled at story-telling.

    We love all of his books. Highly recommended although you may well become a discworld addict.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Anonymous

    Fantastic!!!

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  • Posted March 19, 2014

    A fun book for young girls

    I read this in anticipation of recommending it to my 11 year old granddaughter. I think she and other young girls would like this book. The characters are very engaging, especially the Wee Free Men. The main character is a feisty smart young lady who has to rescue her annoying baby brother who was stolen away to another "world". In spite of her lack of sisterly love, she does what is right and does it in clever ways.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Excellent writing

    Absolutely engaging.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Recommended

    Enjoyed this cute story. It was a nice diversion from the more serious stories I tend to read. The author's imagination took me away to the faraway lands and gave me many chuckles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Read Good Books!!!

    Love this, but would rank it slightly lower than Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan) and Way of Kings (Brandon Sanderson). Not quite the same style, so don't read one following another (Wheel of Time to Lord of the Rings to Wee Free Men), but give it a little time, try reading Artemis Fowl (Eoin Colfer) and it will be even better! As you can probably tell, I'm sort of a fanatist for GOOD fiction boks, and I would certainly rank this as one. Way to go Terry Pratchett!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Fantastic for young and old.

    Terry Pratchett created something amazing with this series; introducing the world to Nac Mcfeegles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    The answet

    Haahnot gonna tell yah! If u want the answer go to hamster result two and ask macy hahahahhahhaa XDXD a

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