nrlymrtl, March 13, 2013 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
I’ve read this book perhaps 4 times over the past few years. It makes me laugh, a lot, out loud. My man is terribly tired of me reading bits out to him while giggling, especially when I am trying to do a Feegle accent. Terrible, terrible. Tiffany is so easy to connect with, and root for. The mix of humor and moments of seriousness is perfect, creating a story that I can return to again and again. The Feegles are 6 inches or shorter, generally drunk, quick to lift stuff, and fiercely loyal once attached to a person or cause. They are also the source of much of my amusement.
Tiffany herself is not shy about swinging that frying pan around either. She is always thinking, which turns out to be key for saving the day in this book. Her Granny Aching provided some of the most poignant scenes in the book, even though she is dead. Her deep, yet simple, connection to her granddaughter was key in shaping the young lady she is to become. Also, both Tiffany and Granny Aching are incredibly practical people; I like their boots. Terry Pratchett did the Discworld universe and his fans a service when he created Tiffany Aching and the Nac Mac Feegle �" thank you Sir Pratchett!
LucyP, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by LucyP)
I enjoyed reading this book with my kids. It has been a long time since I have read a book that made me laugh out loud. I still smile months later when I think of some of the passages in the book.
Margareto, September 3, 2010 (view all comments by Margareto)
Wonderful book! This book is what you would get if Labyrinth (the David Bowie movie) had a baby with Fried Green Tomatoes then gave it to Tolkien to raise. I can’t wait to read the next one.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"The latest adventure set in Pratchett's sprawling, free-form Discworld boasts a winning heroine, the plucky young witch-in-training Tiffany Aching. Funny, sassy and spirited ('She preferred the witches to the smug handsome princes and especially to the stupid smirking princesses, who didn't have the sense of a beetle'), the heroine turns what might have been a simple adventure yarn (although nothing Pratchett does is ever simple, really) into an enthralling and rewarding read. What's not to love about a teenage girl who takes on vicious monsters, armed with only a frying pan? Her bravery will win over not only readers but the Wee Free Men of the title, the Nac Mac Feegle-puckish, (somewhat) lovable imps who exude a certain charm despite their innate and unrepentant kleptomania. The Nac Mac Feegle come to Tiffany's aid when her younger brother Wentworth is kidnapped; the ultimate showdown between Tiffany and the cold-hearted Queen of the Elves transpires as a joyous triumph of innocence over cruel ambition. As always, Pratchett weaves eminently quotable morsels (a person-turned-toad warns of the perils of fairy godmothers: 'Never cross a woman with a star on a stick... they've got a mean streak'), into his artfully constructed prose. Some of the characteristically punny humor may pass over the heads of younger readers, but plenty of other delights will keep them hooked. Ages 12-up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[T]he 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."
by Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review),
"The baby's rescue is accomplished with unrelenting drama, large servings of Pratchett's ironic humor, and a unique cast of characters....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."
by School Library Journal (Starred Review),
"A glorious read."
by Horn Book Magazine (Starred Review),
"Just the package to appeal to those who admire not just a brave heart but a quick comeback as well."
"The humor and the danger will appeal to Discworld fans and also readers who relish J. K. Rowling's Harry."
by New York Times Book Review,
"Good solid storytelling that reads like Celtic mythology fused with Buffy the Vampire Slayer with dialogue by Robert Burns."
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.
by Harper Collins,
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. . . .
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