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Truckers (Book of the Film) [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett , Ben M. Baglio
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30 Jan 1992 Book of the Film

'Outside! What's it like?'

Masklin looked blank.

'Well,' he said. 'It's sort of big-'

To the thousands of the tiny nomes who live under the floorboards of a large department store, there is no Outside. Things like Day and Night, Sun and Rain are just daft old legends.

Then a devastating piece of news shatters their existence: the Store - their whole world - is to be demolished. And it's up to Maskin, one of the last nomes to come into the Store, to mastermind an unbelievable escape plan that will take all the nomes into the dangers of the great Outside ...

The first title in the magnificent trilogy, The Bromeliad.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Ladybird Books Ltd; New edition edition (30 Jan 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0721415164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0721415161
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.9 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,442,595 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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The nomes are tiny little people who, up until now, lived happily beneath the floorboards of Arnold Bros (est 1905) department store. But their tiny, comfortable little world is shattered when they discover that the store is to be demolished and they have to find away of getting to The Outside--a mystical place they never really believed in until a small tribe of Outsiders, led by the intrepid Masklin, infiltrated Arnold Bros (est 1905). The only escape route is via one of the huge trucks that Humans use to deliver goods--but first the nomes all have to be educated by the Sationari, and to do that the bickering between departments simply has to stop.

The plot, the characters, and the sheer delicious irony of Pratchett's writing help to make this off- beat and absolutely hilarious fantasy adventure story into an absolute classic that has to be read to be believed. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Certifiably funny . . . Truckers is a gem" (Lloyd Alexander, Author Of "The Black Cauldron")

"Terry Pratchett treats absurd subjects with meticulous care, cutting no corners on plot or character, respecting his readers' intelligence while he tickles them into fits of laughter . . . Witty, funny, wise and altogether delightful" (Locus)

"The Bromeliad is both funny and exciting and definitely suitable for kids aged from nine to ninety" (RTE Guide 2007-06-02) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big problems for little people 17 Mar 2003
Another race also inhabits this Earth, a race four inches tall that lives and moves very quickly, and they are called "nomes." Masklin, the leader of a dwindling band of nomes, decides that a better life must be found, so they stowaway aboard a truck, and find themselves taken to a huge department store. This department store, Arnold Bros. (est. 1905), is populated by thousands of nomes, something the humans above them never suspect. To Masklin and his band this place looks like heaven, but what is the meaning of the signs that read, "Final Sale: Everything Must Go?"
This book is a laugh-riot. Terry Pratchett succeeds is making the Nomes so different, and yet so human. This book is the first of a trilogy; with the other two entitled Diggers and Wings.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book by a fantastic author 19 Sep 2004
Terry Pratchett's Truckers, from the Bromeliad trilogy, is the story of a relatively small and unheard-of species, nomes, who live in parallel with today's humans. The majority of nomes resided in what was known as the store, which was in fact a large department store; there were different departments in the store, and each department had a tightly-knit factions of nomes (for instance, the Haberdasheri) who, for the most part, remained in their own departments. Arnold Bros (est. 1905), the founder of the store, was idolized by the nomes who resided in the store; to them, he was the akin to our God.
Then there was another, smaller group of nomes, led by Masklin, who lived in the outdoors; the two groups crossed paths when Masklin decided that he disliked the cold winters, the wild hunting and the general difficulty to survive in the harsh conditions - so they hitched a lift on a truck, which, by complete coincidence, was destined for this store. This store was, apparently, the perfect dwelling; there was food at every turn, and everything a nome could possibly want was easily found. It was discovered that the Store was to be destroyed within a few weeks - and Masklin's seemingly impossible task was to evacuate every single nome from the doomed Store.
Although this is a book aimed primarily at children, it is nothing less than enjoyable for anyone of any age-group. It is fascinating to look down on a completely separate species from a human perspective, and to see them fascinated by ours; the few nomes with the privilege of being able to read saw signs in the department as "messages" from Arnold Bros (est. 1905). The species is thoroughly constructed and cross-referenced to such an extent that you might even believe that nomes actually exist!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read out loud fun for kids (and their parents) 17 July 2006
By Richard Murphy VINE VOICE
This is a great book for kids.

I read this out loud to my 8 year old and, for the final truck scene, we were laughing out loud as the events unfolded.

As you would expect from a great writer, this children's book has all the elements of a good read - a coherent plot (if completely off the wall), proper well-developed characters and sharp witty writing.

If you are a parent looking for a "proper book" rather than a "children's book" for your child, I'd recommend this one - it's fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous and Hillarious Adventure 2 May 2001
By A Customer
Truckers is the first book of the Bromeliad trilogy (followed by Diggers and Wings).
Masklin and his family are the last ten nomes of their warren, devastated by cold, predators and hunger. Desperately, they set out on a last chance journey and climb up on one of the lorries of the humans.
What they'll soon discover is that this lorry has lead them to the Store of Arnold Bros (est. 1905), the home of thousands of other little nomes who, having never left the Store, think of the Outside as of nothing more than just another fairy tale. The coming of Masklin will be a great upheaval in their quiet lives. And as they learn that the Store is to be demolished, they make plans for their escape.
Although Truckers was originally written for a young audience, it's an enthralling adventure but also a story about understanding other people's ways and helping each other, and no doubt grown-ups will love it too. Because Terry Pratchett's unique sense of humour is lurking round every corner, especially when nomes try to interpret our human world... and what's more to make sense of it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is interesting and exciting 10 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Truckers written by Terry Pratchett I like adventure books and"Truckers" is an adventure book. The best bit was when the nomes from the outside went into the storeroom because they didn't know what they were going to find out. There were lots of characters that were described clearly and I liked them all. I would like to read some more books written by the same author. The book got more interesting when the nomes had to look for somewhere else to stay because of the building being demolished. The story happened in the cold winter months when the nomes had to face the dangers of the world after forgetting about it for so long. This book has a strong plot that keeps you interested and it is also funny at times. I would recomend this book for 9-12 year olds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous pastiche of "Orphans of the Sky" 1 Sep 1999
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Truckers is a humorous retelling of the 1950's novel "Orphans of the sky". In the origional, interstellar colonists, adrift for centuries come to believe that their space ship is the entire universe until some adventurous free thinkers discover the truth and escape from this self imposed delusion. In truckers its interstellar traveling Gnomes who are trapped on earth. A department store becomes their entire universe untill it is discovered that it is about to close.Truckers then follows the Gnomes half baked atempts to escape to the outer world.
Terry Pratchet places a hint of the link between the two books by naming an incedental charictor the same as that of the other book, "Bobo"
Following other novels by the same auther Truckers covers a number of social issues in this case relating to the nature of tradition, leadership and social change in a crisis. I can thoroughly recomend this book and also the earlyer novel "Orphans of the sky"
Truckers is an intelligent and thought provoking short novel, highly accesable to young.
Its also side splittingly funny!
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I could never get into Pratchett's adult books but have come back to the Nomes series, excellent, well-constructed and thoughtful books.
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