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Truckers: Bromeliad, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged

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I read this aloud with my 8 year old son, and honestly we loved every minute. I had to stop reading so many times due to fits of the giggles from both myself and my son! Having already read many of Pratchett's books for adults, I had picked up a copy of 'Dragons at Crumbling Castle' for my son. He thought it was brilliant, but I didn't love it to be honest. He wanted to read more books by this author, and when I read the reviews on this series, I just had to give it a go. We will definitely continue with this trilogy. Pratchett's writing is more accessible for children in this book than in his adult books, which is to be expected, but having said that he never 'dumbs down' his writing. My son has occassionally asked what a word, or sometimes a phrase, has meant and I think Pratchett strikes a balance between writing for children whilst perhaps increasing their vocabulary and understanding. I loved that we are watching the nomes world evolve around them, and at times this has led to some interesting discussions. Absolutely brilliant.
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brilliant book the first time and second,but then all the his books are brilliant i own all his either on kindle, hard back or paper back.worth every penny
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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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I received a free copy of Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Truckers was such a fun read. It's full of humour and adventure and sets the imagination on fire. I know it's a children's book but I completely forgot that fact while reading as it's so well written and fun for all ages.

The way the author has approached everyday objects, giving them a whole new outlook or meaning when seen from the Nomes point of view, was refreshing to read. I think what appealed to me the most was the style of the humour. It's subtle and innocent and it sneaks up on you. The characters themselves are being funny without being aware of it, if that makes sense, and that makes it all the more humorous.

"How many books are there?" said Masklin.
"Hundreds! Thousands!"
"Do you know what they're all about?"
Gurder looked at him blankly. "Do you know what you're saying?" he said.
"No. But I want to find out."
"They're about everything! You'd never believe it! They're full of words even I don't understand!"
"Can you find a book which tells you how to understand words you don't understand?" said Masklin.
Gurder hesitated. "It's an intriguing thought," he said.

My favourite part has to be the books, so many books and so much wisdom to be found inside. The way they read them and assume everything they read to be true really tickled my sense of humour. We pick up books and we know what's fiction and what's true, but how different would the world seem if we didn't know and we were to experience it through all kinds of books assuming everything we read was fact.
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By Bookaholic TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Jan. 2016
Format: Paperback
This is the first book of the Nome trilogy &, in my opinion, the best. It is generally seen as a children's book but there is plenty in it for adults.

The idea that there is a little race of people living alongside us, mainly without our knowledge, is not a new one. The stories of fairies & leprachauns have abounded for centuries & there have been more modern books encompassing "little people" such as "Gulliver's Travels" & "The Borrowers".

This story primarily centres around "The Store" where Nomes live under floorboards. There are various clans with in the store, such as the Stationari, who live beneath the various departments in the store. I have to say that I think this is a wonderful concept. I love the way the families take things (including electricity) & adapt them for their own world. The descriptions of "The Store" are wonderful. However the descriptions of them driving a lorry later in the book are just fantastic.

The book is well written with well defined characters & a well constructed storyline. It is amusing & entertaining. The concept of the Nomes & how they use our items is very clever as well as amusing. I wouldn't say that this is a book to get your teeth into - more light entertainment. Ideal for a down moment where you need a "pick me up". The following 2 books are worth reading to follow through the whole concept of exactly who the Nomes are though they are not quite as amusing as this one.
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