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Truckers Mass Market Paperback – 1991

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Corgi (1991)
  • ISBN-10: 0552525952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552525954
  • ASIN: B0016Z5RGA
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,999,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DISCRIPTION THE BROMELIAD, the magnificent trilogy about nomes, a race of little people struggling to survive in a world of humans. To the thousands of tiny nomes who live under the floorboards of a large department store, there is no Outside. Then they hear that the Store - their whole world - is to be demolished. And the nomes must move to the great Outside. Product DetailsISBN-10: 0552525952 ISBN-13: 9780552525954 Published: Corgi, 02/01/1991 Pages: 206 Language: English . Recommended Reading LevelMinimum Age: 8 Maximum Age: 12 Minimum Grade Level: 3rd Grade Maximum Grade Level: 7th Grade


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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Audio Cassette
Rather than summarise the book, which everyone else has done, I wanted to give the discerning listener a little guidance on the different audio editions of Pratchett available.
Let me begin by saying that Stephen Briggs' reading of Pratchett is hands down the best for me. He has a warm, loveable storytellers' voice and a real feel for the story, with great characterisations, pacy delivery and an understanding of the subject - which may sound silly in the context of a children's series, but really makes all the difference here. You can't read humourous prose as individual as Pratchett's without knwing what you're doing.
Having worked on adaptations of Pratchett books for the stage and authored the Discworld Companion, Briggs is clearly in territory that he loves, and this really comes across. He likes the characters and the humour and, in my mind, does a much better job of better known actors. Nigel Planer's reading is deadpan by comparison, plods along and doesn't pull off the humour - in fact there seems to be a twinge of boredom and even contempt there if you lilsten really closely (and sounds like it's actually sped up to make it move faster). I am struggling to finish his Light Fantastic now and it's really third-rate.
Tony Robinson is clearly more into it and gives the second best readings of Pratchett - his voice is a much better fit to stories about gnomes, but lacks the warmth of Briggs' baritone and the wit and variety of his characterisations.
In summary I would campaign for Briggs to record all of the Pratchett books and would happily buy them all again! Can someone put a picture of the edition up on there and do some proper marketing of this great unabridged recording!
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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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