Book Review: The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
There are many excellent books out there that everyone should read. The Book Thief. Little Women. Scaramouche. But the book that gets you into reading will always be the best book. It might not be your favorite but it will always hold a special place in your heart. For me this book is The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett.
It’s terribly witty and very much hard to describe. It is exactly what you’d expect from a book about a world on a flat disc balanced on the backs of four elephants which in turn stand on the back of a giant turtle, Great A’Tuin.
The Wee Free Men is the kind of book you miss when it’s over, like you lost a good friend. Because of this, I simply cannot churn out some bland run of the mill summary; it wouldn’t do. So, instead I’ll give you this: a quote and my opinion, the best and only way to spark interest in readers such as myself.
The quote is as follows with my opinion stated below it:“Another world is colliding with this one,” said the toad. “All the monsters are coming back.”
“Why?” said Tiffany.
“There’s no one to stop them.”
There was silence for a moment.
Then Tiffany said, “There’s me.”
Terry Pratchett was (he is sadly deceased) the kind of author whose writing is fantastic at its best and great at its worst. The kind of author who believed in intelligent young characters and intelligent young readers whom he believed to be perfectly capable of following a story with multiple layers of complexity. He was the kind of author who sent a nine-year-old girl to battle the queen of fairies with nothing but a frying pan and the help of some little blue crivens-shouting men.
If I haven’t made it clear, I believe he was a good author. His writing is relatable, magic, and always a joy to read. And frankly he’s got some of the best author quotes.
“Zoology, eh? That’s a big word, isn’t it?”
“No, actually it isn’t,” said Tiffany. “Patronizing is a big word. Zoology is really quite short.“
This book should be on everyone’s bookshelf and I’m quite sure that this book will be the book to get many other people into reading.
Kaitlyn Search is a year 8 student at Delta Middle School in State College. She highly suggests you read The Wee Free Men.