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Carpet People (Spectrum Imprint) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Oct 2000


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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft; Large Print edition edition (1 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708995276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708995273
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,365,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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"For readers who are attracted to epic but not quite ready for the weightiness of Tolkien, this is a perfect entrée; for those who have loved or will love Pratchett, it’s simply a must read." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

"Only a writer with a masterstroke of imagination could place an entire empire of goodies and baddies within the fronds of a carpet" (Daily Mail)

"The perfect starting place for young readers . . . seasoned Pratchett fans will just revel in his wit, his subversion of tropes and his sense of humanity." (Kirkus)

"A unique piece of high fantasy . . . Now very witty and politically aware in its revised version with the new ending" (Vector)

"The story is inventive in its carefully worked-out central conceit, often very funny, and dotted with some genuinely scary bits." (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A hilarious fantasy, co-written by Terry Pratchett, aged seventeen, and master storyteller, Terry Pratchett, aged forty-three. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME on 17 Jan 2005
Format: Hardcover
The story behind this story is nearly the best story of all: "This book had two authors, one aged seventeen, one aged forty-three. Both of them were Terry Pratchett." Having penned this tale and had it lapse into obscurity, Pratchett is impelled by his editors to revive it years later. Rightly so. For the dedicated PTerry fan, this example of his early writing is an illuminating read. Many views expressed in the Discworld books are readily perceived here. For someone new to Pratchett, it's a great introduction to the scope of his ideas and his writing skills. For any reader, it's simply a delight to enjoy.
The story is a fine example of Pratchett's ability to view the world from a fresh perspective. If there's a fantasy novel lacking a dark forest and mysterious creatures, i've missed it. Pratchett, never a formula writer, simply shrinks the scope. His forested world is a thickly napped rug. Instead of pines or oaks, it's nylon and wool "hairs". The creatures are there, the snargs, the hymetors and others - including silverfish, who live under the world. There are also people - the Munrungs, the Deftmenes and - the Dumii. They interact, sometimes violently. Deep down in the pile, these people and their communities are invisible to humans. Something, however, sends terror through the forest peoples - Fray. This immensely destructive force topples cities and obliterates villages.
Pratchett builds a story of the conflict of respected traditions countered by innovation and invention. There is an Empire, to which taxes are due. That means clerks, organisation, regulations. While the Munrungs have always met the demands for revenue, others have opposed the imposition, hence, the Empire. Could two such peoples find a common cause?
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 July 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
As a teacher of ages 9 to 11 I think this book has enormous potential as a shared reading text for use in the classroom. Pratchett takes an everyday item, a carpet, and turns it into something magical. The use of language and his descriptions are ideal for younger readers and having read many of pratchetts other books, including the terrific Wee Free Men and A Hat Full of Sky, I think this is an ideal starter for anyone who may not of read any Terry Pratchett before as it isn't as complex as some of his other books nor are the descritptions as detailed.
I can't wait to share this book with my students and I would recommend other teachers to read this book too. We'll certainly be doing lots of creative writing and story telling based on this book and hopefully writing our own answers to questions such as `What is Fray?'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By some reader on 20 Feb 2007
Format: Paperback
'The Carpet People' is a book you could read again and again and you will never get bored of it in my opinion. The idea of it is origional - has anyone else ever wrote a book about a carpet?

To anyone who hasnt read this, its about a tribe of minute people in a carpet who call themselves Munrungs. One day, their whole village is flattened by Fray, a phenomenon (have I spelt that right?) controlled by mouls (this is another race that lives in the carpet). So the Munrungs set out on a journey to stop Fray...
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. L. Taylor on 30 Sep 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Let me make one thing very clear - I have loved this book since I borrowed a first edition from our local library many, many years ago. My complaints do not refer to the story, just to the extremely disappointing packaging of this edition.

When I stumbled across a paperback edition of the revised book in Manchester airport, I was very sad to see that the illustrations that I had been captivated by as a child were not present. It was like a copy of Winnie-the-Pooh without the original illustrations - unthinkable. I had thought that the hardback edition would restore them, but no such luck. I even contemplated trying to get hold of a first edition until I found out how much such a thing would cost (gulp!). Then I saw that this edition was going to be released which contained the illustrations. I was very, very happy.

However, when I received the copy yesterday I was devastated to find that, not only had the writing been printed on very inferior quality paper, but the format of the book did absolutely no favours to the illustrations at all. OK, they had been printed on glossy paper, but they had all been bound into one clump and because the size of the book was so small, much of the detail was lost. The larger format pictures from the original book (eg the Hymetors and the Wights) had been so compressed as to be next to useless. Worst of all, by far the best picture in the original book - a double page spread illustrating a sugar crystal surrounded by a mass of licking creatures of all shapes and sizes - was not there at all. A real tragedy!

So, if you are wanting to get this book as a cheap alternative to a first edition, forget it. The book is brilliant to read, but this edition is a massive disappointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "amberzed" on 1 Feb 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett is an updated version of a small book the author when he was seventeen (actually, it was his very first novel). There are many similarities with the later Discworld novels, namely the world in which it is set and the characters involved.
As the title suggests, the story is set in a giant (well, large to the inhabitants at least) flat carpet. On the carpet live many races – some evil like the Mouls and the Snargs, others like the Munrungs are fairly peaceful.
The journey begins in a village that was recently destroyed by the “Fray” (a vacuum cleaner). The survivors of the supposed “natural disaster” seek to end the conflict between the tribes of the carpet once and for all. Their adventures are filled with peril and mystery (and a good dose of humour).
Overall, an interesting insight to the young mind of Terry Pratchett before he wrote any Discworld novels.
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