Review: Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Sir Terry Pratchett

March 19, 2015 2015 Review Challenge, 4.5 Stars, Book Review, Comedy Fantasy, damsel in distress, Dragons, Fantasy, Flights of Fantasy, omnibus, short story/Vignette, YA/MG 0 ★★★★½

Review: Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Sir Terry Pratchett four-half-stars
Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Sir Terry Pratchett
Published by Clarion Books on February 3, 2015
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, MG/YA
Pages: 337
Format: Hardcover
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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.

Dragons at Crumbling Castle is an adorable selection of short stories and illustrations. This title is a book club pick – it’s a bit younger than I normally care to read – and I’m pretty happy I was introduced to this novel via my book club.

There are quite a few short stories in Dragons at Crumbling Castle and each of the stories are full of adorable illustrations and wonderfully fun font choices. My favorite stories in the book are:

Tales of the Carpet People
Another Tale of the Carpet People
Dragons at Crumbling Castle
The Great Speck

The introduction to Dragons at Crumbling Castle says that some of these stories were later worked into full length novels. That made me happy as my top favorite stories were the “Tales of the Carpet People” and The Carpet People is one of the full length novels. I do plan to pick that story up soon.

Dragons at Crumbling Castle is an MG (middle grade) book and I’ve already recommended it to a few co-workers. I also highly recommend it as a great book to read to young(er) children. Dragons at Crumbling Castle is full of imagination and whimsy – simply adorable.

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