Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Wee Free Men

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett  263 pp.

Twelve year old Tiffany Aching lives in a place known as the Chalk. The Chalk is not a place that produces witches but don't tell that to Tiffany. In addition to being an expert at making cheese and butter, she is keen to learn things . . . all kinds of things. When her baby brother is kidnapped by "The Queen" Tiffany sets out to get him back even though he is always sticky and screaming for "sweeties". When she meets the Nac Mac Feegle, tiny red-haired men in kilts with blue tattoos and a propensity for drink, she enlists their help. Armed only with an iron skillet and her late granny's book on sheep diseases, Tiffany sets out on an exciting and hilarious adventure. This is prime Pratchett material and his expert use of language make this a laugh-out-loud fun book. I listened to the audio version and it is read perfectly by Stephen Briggs.

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