July 08, 2003

The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett

Like The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, which I reviewed some time back, The Wee Free Men is a Discworld novel slanted towards younger readers. It concerns a very young, very determined dairy maid in oversized boots who's the only one up to handling a bad case of the Elves. Experienced Discworlders will know what that means, and what kind of person it takes to handle it (and indeed, Granny Weatherwax has brief cameo).

Terry Pratchett knows what it means to write for young readers. The Wee Free Men is toned down a bit from his regular Discworld books, but it isn't dumbed down, and it doesn't talk down. I enjoyed it thoroughly. And in fact, it might be a remarkably good place for you to start, if you've not encountered the Discworld before.

Posted by Will Duquette at July 8, 2003 06:54 PM

Deb said:

Will, did you pick this one up in Australia or is it available here in the States?

Will Duquette said:

Sorry, I should have said. I original got "The Amazing Maurice" in Australia, but I've since found both it and "The Wee Free Men" in stores here in the States. Both are in hardcover. I first saw them in the young adult fiction section; the last time I looked, they had some in the regular SF&F section as well.