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Dragons at Crumbling Castle

By Terry Pratchett

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Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Published In: UK, 04 June 2015
Dragons have invaded Crumbling Castle, and all of King Arthur s knights are either on holiday or visiting their grannies. It s a disaster! Luckily, there s a spare suit of armour and a very small boy called Ralph who s willing to fill it. Together with Fortnight the Friday knight and Fossfiddle the wizard, Ralph sets out to defeat the fearsome fire-breathers. But there's a teeny weeny surprise in store . . . Fourteen fantastically funny stories from master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, full of time travel and tortoises, monsters and mayhem! So funny I dropped my spoon laughing! King Arthur

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A beautifully illustrated collection of short stories by master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, featuring dragons, dinosaurs, cavemen and car races!

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Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. His fortieth Discworld novel, Raising Steam, was published in 2013. His books have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. He died in March 2015. www.terrypratchett.co.uk @terryandrob

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"Funny, action-packed . . . a rip-roaring read." * The Sun * "Full of [Pratchett's] burgeoning wit and wordplay . . . A delightful romp." * Sunday Times * "A splendid collection . . . rumbustious, irreverent and hilarious." * Booktrust * "A good choice for the chapter-book set, this is highly recommended for reading aloud to younger children as well . . . Pratchett's vast, all-ages fan base will be intrigued by these early offerings, while their accessibility and skillful storytelling will pull in young newcomers to the masterful author's work." * Booklist * "Charming and funny . . . Accompanied by Beech's wiry Quentin Blake-like illustrations, as well as numerous typographical flourishes, this volume will please both its intended audience and older Pratchett completists." * Publishers Weekly *

EAN: 9780552572804
ISBN: 0552572802
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
Dimensions: 19.9 x 12.8 x 2.3 centimetres (0.17 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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Disclaimer: I'm a big time Pratchett fan.

This book is a collection of short stories which he wrote while fairly young. If you like, it's the experimenting phase, trying to find his own style and to invent himself as a writer.

However, there is an unmistakable Pratchettness already present. The creative use of the language, the warm and humane framework as well as the trademark wit is all there. The settings are fantasy-worlds with a touch of magic, as you'd expect. The stories flow very nicely. While the storylines are rather simple and the stories themselves are really short compared to for example the Disckword books, one should consider that these stories were written for really young readers (not saying that adults can't enjoy them!).

All in all, the book is entertaining, young kids will adore the stories and if you like Pratchett, you would want it in your collection: it shows you his really early days. By my (admittedly biased) measure, his talent already shines through.

Highly recommended.

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