Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry PratchettBook: Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Stories
Author: Terry Pratchett
Published: July 6, 2015
Publisher: Corgi Books
Genre: Children’s, Short Stories
Format: Print (Hardcover)
Source: Library

Synopsis

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! (Goodreads)

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My rating: 3 stars
It was okay. Recommend to some.

Review

Hilarious and fun to read with kiddos!

I picked this collection up randomly while strolling through my local library. This is not something I do often, as I usually place holds on the books I’ve been thinking of and pop in just to pick them up from the holds shelf. But this book caught my eye. The cover is so silly!

The collection of short stories by the famous Terry Pratchett (who until now, I’d never read!) while published recently, was actually written way back when he was a young man in the mid-1960s.

I love how silly and outrageous most of these stories are. They are utterly ridiculous, full of silly words and phrases, and really fun to read along with a kid who is learning to read or read aloud to kids. It’s sure to set off lots of giggles. The book is typeset in a large font with interspersed illustrations by Mark Beech.

Unfortunately, as the stories were originally written in the 1960s and very few changes were made to them, quite a few of them have bits that come off as racist. I loved the first few stories, but as I got further into the book it became harder and harder for me to push through and finish as so many scenes or lines of dialogue made me cringe. Hence, why I could only give it three stars.

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