Thursday, 11 December 2014

YOUNG ADULT REVIEW: Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Stories - Terry Pratchett

Release Date: 11/09/14
Publisher:  Bantam Press


A beautifully illustrated collection of short stories by master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, featuring dragons, dinosaurs, cavemen and car races! Dragons have invaded Crumbling Castle, and all of King Arthur's knights are either on holiday or visiting their grannies. It's a disaster! Luckily, there's a spare suit of armour and a very small boy called Ralph who's willing to fill it. Together with Fortnight the Friday knight and Fossfiddle the wizard, Ralph sets out to defeat the fearsome fire-breathers. But there's a teeny weeny surprise in store... Fourteen fantastically funny stories from master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, full of time travel and tortoises, monsters and mayhem!


Ah as a fan of Terry, I have found that some of his more recent books have lacked the sparkle that I’ve come to expect, yet this title for younger readers is one that enchanted me right from the beginning. It’s a quirky book full of wonderfully inventive stories tha when added to the Pratchett magic give the reader a novel that can be dipped into with a feeling of accomplishment at the conclusion of each of the books offerings.

As you’d expect the book has cracking wit, some wonderful twists and when added to pace that just keeps you moving on, makes this a title that I really will be adding to my nephew’s Christmas present as I know it’ll help generate some much appreciated quite whilst they devour the tales. Thank you Terry for this magical title.

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