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  • 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 (212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels 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. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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)

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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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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Tipper TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Sept. 2014
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I should start this review by saying I’ve been a big Pratchett fan for over half my lifetime. He could publish a book of his shopping lists, or of all the occasions when he’s got up in the middle of the night to go to the loo, or of the noises he’s heard people making while getting up out of chairs and I’d buy it in hardback on the day it came out and be excited about it.
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.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Oct. 2014
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Pratchett purists may be disappointed in this book - it's not original and new material, it's written for children, it's actually much shorter than it looks - but actually, I found it to be an insight into a young Terry's mind and writing.

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?
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By janette on 17 Sept. 2014
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Very old short stories written for young children by a very young TP. They show glimpses of the writter he was to become and are valuable in that respect. Not literary genius but sparks of it show. Not an adult's book but one for all fans to have in their collection. Particularly endearing for the presentation and variety of interesting typefaces used for diaglogue.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Book boffin on 11 Sept. 2014
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I received it just after midnight this morning so I have not quite finished it. I am a fan of the disc world series but am enjoying this very much and should finish reading it shortly...... then my grandchildren are lined up to read it. thank you Terry, and hope we can get another disc world book soon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sue Ibrahim on 16 Oct. 2014
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As a longstanding fan of Pratchett, including his books for younger readers, I found this a little weak. It is acknowledged as juvenilia, and unfortunately I felt that this does show. Having said that, the stories are still fun and will appeal to Pratchett fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nell on 13 Oct. 2014
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Delighted.
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.)
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It may be a book intended for children but this 67 year old (must be in my second or third childhood) thoroughly enjoyed it. It was confirmed by my wife as a good book: she told me off for constantly trying to read her extracts from the book.
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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 July 2015
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Pratchett prefaces this work with a warning. It is his juvenilia. These are the short stories he wrote for a local newspaper when he was first practising the art of being a brilliant author. Some of the stories, he warns, are not as brilliant as you might come to expect, due to the fact that he wrote them about thirty years ago, and you know, if you keep writing, hopefully you get better at it.

So don't get aerated about them.

I didn't. I found some of them better than others. This is no different than any book of short stories. I found some of the elements of the stories very funny and extremely Pratchetty, as in the Pratchett I grew up with and stayed with to the bitter end (I miss you Terry). There are some elements of the stories that were not great and some jokes that were not funny to me. That's fine.

Mainly, I'm glad it has added to his oeuvre, and it's something I younger readers where I don't have to edit out the word 'bugger', which crops up a lot in the Discworld series (p.s. I know I can also share The Carpet People, The Bromeliad and Johnny Maxwell, but I'm always greedy for more).

Highlights, the Carpet People stories, The Abominable Snowman and Hercules the Tortoise. Great illustrations by Quentin Blake.

Also, my eight year old son loved this. We springboard to Discworld and he is now halfway through Mort. Result.
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