Wintersmith: Tiffany Aching Adventures, Book 3

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Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Fantasy's sensible witch entices Winter.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.


Some swordfighting.


Tiffany reads a romance novel and kisses the spirit of Winter; some mentions of sex.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The Feegles get drunk, Tiffany drinks some brandy, and a minor character smokes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, as fantasies go, this one is pretty mild. It contains minimal violence and displays solid values of hard work and responsibility.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byFranS December 12, 2008

I love these books!!

I adore the Tiffany Aching books. They are fantasy, yes, but they demnostrate real and valuable life lessons. Things like doing what needs to be done, not let... Continue reading
Adult Written byJoe Morris April 9, 2008

An imaginative and entertaining tale for kids and adults alike

I haven't read a bad Terry Pratchett novel yet and as a huge fan of the Discworld series I wondered whether his books aimed at a younger would still entert... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

This is so hilariusly awesome!

Tiffany aching shows amazing independance and wit as she deals with the love-sick spirit of winter and deals with annagramma. she showed that you should always... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bybookfriend1993 April 9, 2008

I r eviewed this for my job!

This was a great book with a very funny, likable main character. The Feegle's speech was a bit confusing, but overall it was great! 8-13 year olds.

What's the story?

When taken by her mentor witch to see the Dance of the Seasons, Tiffany accidentally attracts the attention of the Wintersmith, the elemental spirit of Winter, who develops a crush on her. To win her love he makes all the snowflakes (as well as some icebergs) look like her, writes her name in window frost, and creates a garden of ice-roses for her. But most of all he tries to make himself human by following the directions in a nursery rhyme.

Meanwhile the spirit of Summer is none too thrilled, and Tiffany also has to deal with the smothering protectiveness of the Feegles; Roland, who may or may not be her boyfriend; the death of her current mentor; and helping the snippy Annagramma in spite of herself.

Is it any good?

Sensible witch-in-training Tiffany and the crotchety witches she learns from certainly are appealing characters in this third installment of the Tiffany Aching Adventures. But the book really comes to life when the Feegles are onstage -- which is too seldom. The red-haired, blue-tattooed, drinking, stealing, and fighting Wee Free Men with the thick brogues are the main source of fun and humor.

Author Terry Pratchett continues to have plenty to say on a variety of subjects, including marriage, old age, the nature of myths and stories, and growing up, and he does so with a dry, twisty wit that often makes readers stop and think -- after they finish laughing. The plot is often secondary to Pratchett's pungent observations, and he subtly goes several layers deeper than you'd expect.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the concept of witchcraft presented here. Why do the characters use so little actual magic? What are their primary qualities? Also, why does Tiffany help Annagramma?

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