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The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

The Wee Free Men (original 2003; edition 2005)

by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs (Narrator)

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Title:The Wee Free Men
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Other authors:Stephen Briggs (Narrator)
Info:HarperChildren's Audio (2005), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
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The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett (2003)

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This is the first standalone Pratchett novel based on Tiffany Aching and the Nac Mac Feegles. I enjoyed the book very much, although you have to bear in mind that this is a novel aimed at Young Adults (YA), rather than adults. The Scottish-type dialogues are full of humour. Tiffany Aching, as a self-discovered witch, will learn from experience. Also, like in a picaresque novel, the Baron and his son are made fun of, in such a way that higher social classes don't mean anything when it comes to working the land. Furthermore, bravery is not indicative of a higher social rank, as the plot clearly demonstrates. This is a good book, I will probably read the following ones in the series, but it does not have the same impact as Pratchett's other adult novels, for which I hold a particular interest - the Witches, Death, the Guards, etc. ( )
  soniaandree | Apr 29, 2016 |
One of my husband's favorite authors. Full of humor and great characters. ( )
  add_dragon | Mar 26, 2016 |
Tiffany Aching comes from a long line of Achings, most notably Granny Aching, a woman of few words but a great deal of quiet power. When the Fairy Queen's world of dreams starts to encroach on the peasants of the Chalk, Tiffany is all that stands in her way. Tiffany's only weapons are Granny's old sheep doctoring book, a frying pan, and a band of drunken, thieving pictsies...The Fairy Queen doesn't stand a chance.

Clever and wise, like Pratchett's books tend to be. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Officially a children's book, this is the story of Tiffany, a nine-year-old girl who gets caught up in strange events when another world tries to collide with the Discworld. Her little brother is stolen, and she goes to his rescue aided and abetted by the 'wee free men', the Nac Mac Feegle, who are six-inch high blue fighting chaps that speak with a Scottish accent and generally cause trouble wherever they go.

An excellent book for teenagers and adults as well as a good introduction for younger children to the Discworld, and it's even divided into chapters (unlike all the rest of the Discworld books) so is ideal for reading aloud. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Feb 17, 2016 |
It was marvelous! Witty and humorous - how have I missed these books all my life? The first Pratchett...but not the last! ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bartocci, MaurizioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brandhorst, AndreasÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Briggs, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gall, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kibby, PaulIllustrationssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidby, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Some things start before other things.
No wonder we dream our way through our lives. To be awake, and see it all as it really is ... no one could stand that for long.
Now ... if you trust in yourself ... and believe in your dreams ... and follow your star ... you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy.
“Yes! I'm me! I am careful and logical and I look up things I don't understand! When I hear people use the wrong words, I get edgy! I am good with cheese. I read books fast! I think! And I always have a piece of string! That's the kind of person I am!”
“Zoology, eh? That's a big word, isn't it."

"No, actually it isn't," said Tiffany. "Patronizing is a big word. Zoology is really quite short.”
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060012382, Mass Market Paperback)

Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching needs magic--fast! Her sticky little brother Wentworth has been spirited away by the evil Queen of faerie, and it’s up to her to get him back safely. Having already decided to grow up to be a witch, now all Tiffany has to do is find her power. But she quickly learns that it’s not all black cats and broomsticks. According to her witchy mentor Miss Tick, "Witches don’t use magic unless they really have to...We do other things. A witch pays attention to everything that’s going on...A witch uses her head...A witch always has a piece of string!" Luckily, besides her trusty string, Tiffany’s also got the Nac Mac Feegles, or the Wee Free Men on her side. Small, blue, and heavily tattooed, the Feegles love nothing more than a good fight except maybe a drop of strong drink! Tiffany, heavily armed with an iron skillet, the feisty Feegles, and a talking toad on loan from Miss Tick, is a formidable adversary. But the Queen has a few tricks of her own, most of them deadly. Tiffany and the Feegles might get more than they bargained for on the flip side of Faerie! Prolific fantasy author Terry Pratchett has served up another delicious helping of his famed Discworld fare. The not-quite-teen set will delight in the Feegles’ spicy, irreverent dialogue and Tiffany’s salty determination. Novices to Pratchett’s prose will find much to like here, and quickly go back to devour the rest of his Discworld offerings. Scrumptiously recommended. (Ages 10 to 14) --Jennifer Hubert

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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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