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The Wee Free Men, . Part of Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. The most feared of all the fairy races! Even trolls run away from the Wee Free Men! And one of them warned her!

The Wee Free Men, . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39. Page 1. CHAPTER 1. A Clang Well Done. Some things start before other things. It was a summer shower but didn’t appear to know it, and it was pouring rain as fast as a winter storm. The most feared of all the fairy races! Even trolls run away from the Wee Free Men! And one of them warned her! She’s the witch, then, is she? said the voice. At that age? Impossible! said Miss Tick. There’s been no one to teach her! There’re no witches on the Chalk!

The Wee Free Men is the first novel in the fantastic Tiffany Aching sequence of the Discworld Series. The first book in the Tiffany Aching series. Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland.

The Wee Free Men is the first novel in the fantastic Tiffany Aching sequence of the Discworld Series. Luckily she has some very unusual help: the local Nac Mac Feegle – aka the Wee Free Men – a clan of fierce, sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men. Together they must face headless horsemen, ferocious grimhounds, terrifying dreams come true, and ultimately the sinister Queen of the Elves hersel. he first book in the Tiffany Aching series.

Terry Pratchett’s 30th Discworld novel, "The Wee Free Men", is the second time he’s written for young adults but his writing and humor are top notch as well follow a nine-year witch Tiffany Aching going up against the Queen of Elves with only a horde of six-inch blue little men. Tiffany Aching finds her family farm being invaded by monsters from dreams as well as a horde of little blue men, the titular Wee Free Men.

The Wee Free Men, first published in 2003, is the second Story of The Discworld book for younger readers. The novel contains a scene inspired by the painting called "The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke", by Richard Dadd.

The Wee Free Men is a 2003 comic fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, which takes place in his Discworld setting

The Wee Free Men is a 2003 comic fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, which takes place in his Discworld setting. It is labelled a "Story of Discworld" to indicate its status as children's or young adult fiction, unlike most of the books in the Discworld series.

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The Wee Free Men. Terry Pratchett. Another world is colliding with this one," said the toad. Polly Perks joins the Discworld army to find her brother Paul. Ozzer" cuts off blonde braids, dons male garb, belches, scratches, and masters macho habits aided by well-placed pair of socks. Legendary and seemingly ageless Sergeant Jackrum accepts her plus a vampire, troll, zombie, religious fanatic, and two close "friends". The best man for the job may be a woman.

The Illustrated Wee Free Men by Stephen Player. Discworld terry pratchett Nobby Nobbs Cheery Littlebottom how do they rise up Samuel Vimes detritus Captain Carrot gnu terry pratchett ankh morpork city watch Angua Fred Colon. A moment to remember our Night Watchmen. Author : Terry Pratchett. In a riveting narrative that is equal parts suspense and humor, Carnegie Medalist Terry Pratchett returns to his internationally popular Discworld with a breathtaking tale certain to leave fans, new and old, enthralled. Genres : Fantasy, Young Adult.

The Wee Free Men The Discworld Series: Book 30 . The Wee Free Men introduce us to Tiffany Aching, 9 year old, witch. When two universes collide, monsters from your worst nightmares. start pouring through into discworld. Monstrous Regiment The Discworld Series: Book 31 . It is up to Tiffany Aching, with help from the Wee Free Men, to enter the other universe and stop the monsters at their source.

A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.

Terry Pratchett won a Carnegie Medal for his first children's book set in his Discworld, "The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents." He has a good shot at a second award for "Wee Free Men." It's that good.
Nine year old Tiffany Aching was born on The Chalk. The Achings have lived on The Chalk and tended their sheep for centuries. Tiffany's grandmother was the matriarch of the Aching clan, and while she never called herself a witch, she never denied it, either. Tiffany is still trying to adjust to the death of her grandmother, and to the birth of her sticky little brother, Wentworth, when she is attacked by a monster out of Faerie. One thing leads to another, and before long she must rescue her brother from Faerie, be the kelda of the Nac Mac Feegle, the Wee Free Men of the title, and save the world from the terrors of Faerie. Because there is no one else.
One of Pratchett's many skills is inversion. In "Amazing Maurice," he inverted the Pied Piper of Hamlin. In "Wee Free Men," he inverts children's fairy tales in general. Instead of a magic sword, Tiffany has a plain old iron frying pan. Instead of a wise mentor, she has a toad who used to be a lawyer. Instead of an army, she has the Nac Mac Feegle. The Queen of Faerie, Tiffany's antagonist, is about as far from a noble Tolkien elf as you can get. Because the Queen of Faery has the power to steal your dreams, your worst nightmares, and trap you inside them.
And Tiffany must confront the Queen on her own ground, in the land of nightmares, where the monsters are terrifying and real. You don't have to reflect very long to understand Pratchett is working at several levels. The themes are meaningful and accessible to children without the slightest condescension.
Some of the characters - the Queen herself, the Nac Mac Feegle, and wonderful cameos at the end of the story - are familiar from other stories. But as was the case with "Amazing Maurice," you don't have to know the other Pratchett stories to relish "Wee Free Men." This is masterful story-telling, hysterically funny and very scary by turn. Pratchett is very, very good, and this story is one of his best. Highly recommended to both children and adults.
This was my first Terry Pratchett book ever, thus my introduction to Discworld. I’ve wanted to read the series, but with 41 books I wasn’t sure I even wanted to attempt it. Wee Free Men is aimed at young adults with the female protagonist just a child (around 9 years old), and is the first book in the Tiffany Aching series, so it was a great place to start.

I’ve got to say, this was one of the best books I have read in a long time. The story is completely charming in itself, a young girl meets some little men with red hair, blue tattoos, wearing kilts, about 6 inches tall called Nac Mac Feegle or the Wee Free Men, and together they have to rescue her young brother. The characters are well developed and almost always entertaining and hilarious – for example her younger brother constantly asks for “sweeties”, the Wee Free Men speak in Scottish accents and say things like “Ah, crivens” and are generally good natured despite being thieves. The best part for me, however, were all the surprising references to other books and pop culture which I did not expect but always put a smile on my face. For example, Pratchett parodies Lord of the Rings with “See their swords? They glow blue in the presence of lawyers” and Braveheart with “They can tak’ oour lives but they canna tak’ our troousers!” There’s possibly even a Bushism from the early 2000s (this book was published in 2003, so would make sense).

The book was a very easy, very entertaining read. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the Tiffany Aching miniseries as well as perhaps starting in on the rest of the larger Discworld universe.
This omnibus edition is an excellent and economical way to buy these novels. Not too heavy to carry around in my purse, or too heavy/awkward to read (as I'm beginning to develop arthritis in my hands, "not painful to hold" is now an important quality in a book).

As for the books themselves, they are classic, enjoyable Discworld novels. There are brief appearances by famous characters. There is a heroine who is neither a stereotypical shrinking violet nor a stereotypical male author's attempt at a strong female character. The only off thing about her characterization is that she's almost unbelievably mature for her age, but that can be explained away by the fact that she's a witch. The Nac Mac Feegle were new to me but interesting. The slightly askew look at Earth mythology is present and as appreciated as ever. Love it, but I have yet to meet a Pratchett novel I don't adore.