This is a review of “The Wee Free Men” by Terry Pratchett. It is the 30th novel in The Discworld Series and the first novel in the Tiffany Aching Story Arc. The Tiffany Aching Arc is a YA arc.
Tiffany Aching is nine years old. She likes making cheese, and she dislikes looking after her sticky brother Wentworth. She is babysitting Wentworth down by the lake, when a ridiculous monster tries to grab him. She returns later on, uses Wentworth as bait to lure the monster, and bashes the monster with her iron frying pan.
She comes to the attention of witch Miss Tick, who pays Tiffany a visit. As they converse, Miss Tick realises that Tiffany has the makings of a witch. She also realises that The Chalk is in trouble. She leaves to get help, leaving behind her familiar, a talking toad.
And then Wentworth goes missing. Tiffany consults the Nac mac Feegle (Wee Free Men), pictsies: tiny blue men with red hair, Scottish accents and kilts. They inform her that Wentworth has been taken by the Queen (an elf).
It’s up to Tiffany to travel to the Queen’s world and rescue her little brother.
A great story about believing in yourself, doing the right thing, and seeing what’s actually there (not simply what you want to see).
I love the Nac mac Feegle. When something goes wrong, I feel like exclaiming “Oh! Waily waily waily”
Even though it is aimed at a YA audience, I loved this book just as much (and if not more than) as Pratchett’s other Discworld novels.