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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett

Sadly, a day ago since this post, Sir Terry Pratchett died of the embuggerance (his term for Alzheimer Disease). Many of us will know him from his beloved Discworld where many characters came to life. We loved his wit, humour and storytelling. I remember him for Good Omens a novel with Neil Gaiman and also DEATH a character from Discworld.

What many of you may not know is that he has written several children's books as well. Some of them which were part of Discworld i.e. The Carpet People, The Nome Trilogy. He also had the lesser known Johnny Maxwell Trilogy.

Dragons at Crumbling Castle is an anthology of short stories about a boy named Ralph who decides to help the Castle because most of the knights had gone off on other duties like visiting their grannies. With the help of Fortnight the Friday Knight and Fossfiddle the Wizard, they embark on an adventure to defeat the fire-breathers.

If you want your child to get into Pratchett one day, this would be a great start. If you've never picked up a Pratchett book, then I recommend that you do! My recommendation, is that you don't start with The Colour of Magic, which is the first book in Discworld. They don't need to be read in chronological order. Give Guards! Guards!, Mort or something newer in Going Postal a go.

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