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The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories

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The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories

Terry Pratchett’s THE WITCH’S VACUUM CLEANER AND OTHER STORIES is a splendid collection of short stories packed full of adventure. Readers will learn how the wild west of Wales was tamed and then come aboard a small boat on a lazy pond where tiny men and women dodge pond fish and a dangerous duck to stay alive. These stories are not for the faint of heart and they will engage and delight all who read them. For Pratchett, time travel is an inconvenience and magic statues dance in the moonlight of a town park. No story is too small and no character goes without his or her fair share of adventure and magic.

From submarines to blimps, this book will take young readers by land and sky and everything in between. Talking parrots and sky pirates are all within its pages. Will the explorers ever understand how money can grow on trees? Which of the enchanted forest characters will help the tolls reclaim their precious royal gem? These questions and many more will intrigue and inspire young readers with tales of nonstop adventure.

"With zany nods to Roald Dahl and Tolkien, Pratchett’s creative characters harken back to a deeper understanding of European mythology and include a host of magical characters."

THE WITCH’S VACUUM CLEANER AND OTHER STORIES includes dynamic characters but is an easy read with simple vocabulary perfect for younger readers. Pratchett weaves worlds with ease and suddenly you are transported to an ant hill where a valiantly ant strives for independence with the help of other insects. Several stories build on one world with interconnecting tales of a small town full of funny characters, strange law enforcement that all ride bicycles. With simplicity and a bit of sarcasm, Pratchett has once again written a captivating book full to the brim with imagination.

This book will fill you with a special sort of wonder and will whisk you away to grand battles that take place far above the clouds. Pratchett’s ability to build a world in only eight pages is truly remarkable. These stories are so easily digestible that you’re caught between wanting to read through them as fast as you would eat your favorite potato chips and savoring them like the best ice cream in the world. With zany nods to Roald Dahl and Tolkien, Pratchett’s creative characters harken back to a deeper understanding of European mythology and include a host of magical characters. Playing with the size of his protagonists, Pratchett creates a world where men one-centimeter high row boats made of acorns and a giant troll king yearns for space expedition. With his use of creative fonts during particularly dramatic scenes, Pratchett teaches children about creative emphasis and flow. This is truly a gem in young adult literature. The stories are whimsical yet enchanting and will delight readers in kindergarten through middle school and beyond.

Reviewed by Eden Temple on February 10, 2017

The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories
by Terry Pratchett

  • Publication Date: January 3, 2017
  • Genres: Humor, Short Stories, Young Adult 14+
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN-10: 0062653113
  • ISBN-13: 9780062653116