This never-before-published collection of fourteen funny and inventive tales by acclaimed author Sir Terry Pratchett features a memorable cast of inept wizards, sensible heroes, and unusually adventuresome tortoises.
Including more than one hundred black-and-white illustrations, the appealingly designed book celebrates Pratchett's inimitable wordplay and irreverent approach to the conventions of storytelling.
These accessible and mischievous tales are an ideal introduction for young readers to this beloved author. Established fans of Pratchett's work will savor the playful presentation of the themes and ideas that inform his best-selling novels.
"Feature[s] characters heroic or hiss-worthy, pranks and battles aplenty, sly twists on the familiar tropes and his trademark mix of silly humor and accurate moral commentary." --Kirkus
"It's a pleasure to read Pratchett's reflections in his introduction and to see his signature warmth, wit, and intelligence light up these simple stories. Appearing throughout the book, Beech's amusing ink-and-wash drawings perfectly capture the magic of the tales reminiscnet of Quentin Blake's illustrations." --Booklist
"My son and I discovered Terry Pratchett's books together, when he was about eleven years old. He'd be reading on his own and would start to laugh, and then eagerly read the passage aloud to me--and I'd do the same to him! Pratchett's books became a shared source of delight for us back then, and they still are today." --Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medal winner
"Accompanied by Beech's wiry Quentin Blake-like illustrations, as well as numerous typographical flourishes, this volume will please both its intended audience and older Pratchett completists." --Publishers Weekly