A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The Nac Mac Feegle frequently lie and steal.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of fighting and brawling and, of course, bonking with a frying pan. Potentially scary monsters and situations, but the tone is light.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A scene where the tiny Nac Mac Feegle discuss the difficulty of making babies with Tiffany.
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Lots of swearing, but all the words are made up, as in "!"
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The Nac Mac Feegle drink and get drunk often. Granny Aching smokes a pipe.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that if you like doing accents and voices, this could be a great read-aloud.
Is It Any Good?
Pratchett has an uncanny ability to create an unusual and creative adventure. He then combines it with layers of symbolism, myth, and cultural detail, and then wraps the whole package in the kind of sparkling wit that rewards intelligence and careful reading. There's a reason he's such a favorite with gifted children and teens; as with his other novels, readers will come away from this feeling that they've had something to chew on, a full and varied banquet, not the usual thin gruel of ordinary stories.
There are many delightful creations here, primarily, of course, the Nac Mac Feegle themselves. Whenever they're on stage, the story fairly sizzles with wit and invention. Equally wonderful, though in a very different way, are the flashbacks to Tiffany's Granny Aching, an old sheepherder whose hardheaded wisdom is the product of a life lived in the chalk hills, and is reflected in her granddaughter. And Tiffany herself, busily clanging monsters with her frying pan while wondering about magic, is a more than winning heroine.
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