Dragons at Crumbling Castle And other tales

Terry Pratchett

Book - 2015

An illustrated collection of fourteen short stories featuring "dragons and wizards, councilors and mayors, an adventurous tortoise and a monster in a lake, along with plenty of pointy hats and a few magic spells" written when the author was a teenaged newspaper reporter.

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Published
Boston ; New York : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xii, 336 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780544466593
0544466594
Main Author
Terry Pratchett (-)
Other Authors
Mark Beech, 1971- (illustrator)
  • Dragons at Crumbling Castle
  • Hercules the tortoise
  • The Great Speck
  • Hunt the Snorry
  • Tales of the Carpet People
  • Dok the Caveman
  • The Big Race
  • Another Tale of the Carpet People
  • The Great Egg-dancing Championship
  • Edwo, the boring knight
  • The 59A bus goes back in time
  • The Abominable Snowman
  • The Blackbury monster
  • Father Christmas goes to work.
Review by Booklist Reviews

As a junior reporter in his teens, Pratchett wrote children's stories that were published weekly in his local newspaper. Fourteen are collected here, two of which formed the basis of his first novel, The Carpet People (1971). Other notable tales in this volume include "The Great Egg-Dancing Championship," about two rivals who discover that they are on the same side after all, and "Dok the Caveman," in which a highly inventive fellow has trouble fitting in with his prehistoric tribe. The closing story, "Father Christmas Goes to Work," follows the larger-than-life title character as he tries out a series of new jobs. 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 in a spirited style reminiscent of Quentin Blake's illustrations. A good choice for the chapter-book set, this is highly recommended for reading aloud to younger children as well. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Pratchett's vast, all-ages fan base will be intrigued by these early offerings, while their accessibility and skillful storytelling will pull in young newcomers to the masterful author's work. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In the 1960s, the young, not-yet-knighted Pratchett worked for the Bucks Free Press, a small British newspaper, where he began publishing children's stories, 14 of which are collected in this volume. In the title story, King Arthur's most junior knight, Ralph, "a small boy in a suit of mail much too big for him," is sent to deal with a dragon infestation, but discovers that the creatures are entirely sensible chaps. "Tales of the Carpet People," a precursor to Pratchett's first novel, concerns a tiny tribe's heroically goofy migration across a rug. And in "The Great Egg-Dancing Championship," a skilled egg dancer ("A lot of eggs are rolled onto the floor and two dancers... have to dance blindfolded without breaking one") must choose between the championship and the girl of his dreams. Though these stories lack the perfectly timed wordplay of Pratchett's later work, they are a charming and funny sample of his early fictional imaginings. 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. Ages 9–12. (Feb.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4–7—This collection of short stories is eerily reminiscent of Roald Dahl's tales of humor and irony, while the illustrations are remarkably similar to Quentin Blake's. In Pratchett's tales, dragons invade a castle, having lost their caves to a stopped-up river; itty bitty people live, explore, and fight within the carpets; an odd caveman keeps inventing things that then cause disaster (a fire burning down the village); and a champion egg dancer catches a pair of thieves. The oddness of the stories makes them funny and unique. Many feature British terminology, which might confuse younger readers but adds to the flavor of the book. General themes include good overcoming evil, cheaters never prospering, and courage defeating danger. VERDICT Middle grade readers who enjoy Pratchett's other works or Dahl's tales are bound to enjoy this one.—Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT [Page 92]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An illustrated collection of fourteen short stories featuring "dragons and wizards, councilors and mayors, an adventurous tortoise and a monster in a lake, along with plenty of pointy hats and a few magic spells" written when the author was a teenaged newspaper reporter.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Collects fourteen short stories featuring dragons, wizards, councilors, mayors, and magic spells written when the author was a teenaged newspaper reporter.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An illustrated collection of 14 short stories—featuring "dragons and wizards, councilors and mayors, an adventurous tortoise and a monster in a lake, along with plenty of pointy hats and a few magic spells"— was written when the author was a teenaged newspaper reporter. 50,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

New York Times best-selling author Terry Pratchett's irreverent and irresistible tales for children in a lavishly designed and extensively illustrated volume.

Review by Publisher Summary 7

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.