- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (11 Sept. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857534378
- ISBN-13: 978-0857534378
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.1 x 22.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (316 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Stories Hardcover – 11 Sep 2014
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Sir Terry Pratchett died on 12th March 2015
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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)
"Terry Pratchett’s youthful short stories, as collected in Dragons at Crumbling Castle, just prove that he has always been what he is . . . These stories are far too good for children. Oops, I mean for children not to share with older people. But you knew that." (The Bookwitch)
"A joy to read . . . from dragons and wizards to monsters and talking animals, there really is something in each story to appeal to everyone." (whatsgoodtogo.co.uk)
A beautifully illustrated collection of short stories by master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, featuring dragons, dinosaurs, cavemen and car races!See all Product Description
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Why? Because it's his early jottings and stories, from his own teenage years. How amazing is it to see a famous writer, writing as a 16-year-old, with their quirks and flaws intact? Before editors and style are in place?
I'm not the worlds biggest Pratchett fan but I have read a few of his more mature children's work and I really enjoyed this short glimpse into his early world. His early influences are also in evidence (I've included a few I recognised below).
This is a collection of 14 short stories, as follows:
- Dragons at Crumbling Castle: silly quest story that reminded me of Monty Python in parts
- The Great Speck: like Dr Seuss's Horton Hears a Who, worlds on dust mites show Pratchett's scope for making the small into something bigger. Also reminded me of James and the Giant Peach.
- Hunt the Snorry: some funny word play
- Two Carpet People stories: the most Pratchett-like, precursors to his later children's book
- Hercules the Tortoise: like a myth or fable, Hercules explores his tortoise-sized world and takes on a snake! Bits of The Hobbit and Kipling in here.
- Dok the Caveman: caveman inventor genius creates language, wheels etc but is unappreciated.
- The Big Race: a little bit Genevieve, a little bit Wacky Races, which form of car will be the best and the one to be produced en masse?Read more ›
So, this is a children’s book and I am forty (luckily I’m a very young forty, I’ve lived a very virtuous lifestyle). Was it still readable and enjoyable? Flip yeah! It’s a cosy book with nice illustrations and a great use of fonts and font sizing to make certain words leap out at you. The stories, while short and simple, are peppered with Pratchetty ways of seeing the world (the Sports Page is a nice example, I shan’t spoil this by explaining it). Also, because the stories were written decades ago it has little references that are of the time and which adults will enjoy, such as the Rumbelo tribe (remember the electrical goods retailer? You’d have bought a Hi-Fi there or a crimper, in the days before ipods and docks).
It’s a children’s book in the spirit of Roald Dahl, you won’t find the language or the plots dull.
Ive finally found a fiction book that my young autistic son loves.
Should have known TP would be the man to have come up with one.
(Although I must admit it was a guilty pleasure to add to my collection of Pratchett books.)
The first few stories are short and engaging, helping to keep the reader's interest. They're really good for reading aloud together, although younger readers may struggle with some of the odd character names. But my son enjoyed the stories and read them with enthusiasm. However when we got to the longer tale of the Carpet People he did begin to lose interest. And sadly as he saw he had page after page about the carpet people to read he gave up all together.
That said, my 12 year old daughter has picked up the book and eagerly devoured it, and is now working her way through my shelves where my Discworld novels live
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An easy read book of short stories, ideal for less confident or dyslexic readersPublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very enjoyable. I bought it to send as a present for my young great-grandson, but his great-grandpa bagged it instead [he is a BIG Pratchett fan]!!Published 1 month ago by Cally
Bought as a Christmas gift for an 8 year old girl, soon as parcel was opened she started reading. Loved it.Published 1 month ago by Able Reader
well known humor of pratchett in several previously unknown short-stories is nice.Published 1 month ago by tutta quanjer