To the thousands of tiny nomes who live under the floorboards of a large department store, there is no outside. Things like day and night, sun and rain are just daft old legends.
Then a devastating piece of news shatters their existence: the Store, their whole world, is to be demolished. It's up to Masklin, one of the last nomes to come into the Store, to mastermind an unbelievable escape plan that will take all the nomes into the dangers of the great Outside.
This is the first book in the Bromeliad Trilogy.
Nome tomes: listen to more in Terry Pratchett's Bromeliad series.
©1989 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2004 Isis Publishing Ltd
"Filled with wry humor that calls into question the nomes' blind faith in [the Store], the novel encourages readers to ponder the larger issues of truth in their own lives." (Children's Literature)
As a long-time Discworld fan, I hesitated for years over whether to try Pratchett's "younger" books. I shouldn't have! They're just as funny, perhaps a slightly lighter and certainly a quicker read, but well worth the time and credits. (If reading to or with kids I can imagine kids and adults both getting a great laugh out of them, just probably preferring slightly different jokes!) Since TP is apparently unable to write anything without a philosophical/satirical edge, the trilogy touches on religion, the psychology of leadership and group behavior, xenophobia, consumerism and more.
Unlike another reviewer, I think Briggs did a brilliant job reading this, with funny and appropriate voices. I especially enjoyed the way he intoned the selections from The Book of Nome at the start of each chapter.
My first foray into the famous and popular Terry Pratchett's work. This wonderful story of gnomes living in a dying department store on Earth, not knowing their universe was once MUCH larger than that, is chock full of chuckle and guffaw moments, and a wonderfully crafted story. I'll be going back for the next books in this trilogy for sure.
I will never tire of these characters. I can listen to this story over and over. Well written, well read. Worth your time.
This series is nice, but it is not compelling. While I normally admire Stephen Briggs' performances in the other Discworld books, in this series, he does not vary his voice and so I keep hearing the voice of Granny Weatherwax from the lips of a different character.
The story has a slow start, but get's much better. Worth the listen.
Wee Free Men
The description of the garden gnomes in the store gardening section by the living gnomes.
I looked forward to listening some each night.
"The truckers ----Terry Prachett"
I first heard this book, 10 years ago. When I belonged to books for the blind. I am dyslexic, not blind.
I realy enjoyed the book then as I am doing now. The reason it took me 10 years to find, I forgot to write down the title.------ Personaly I love this book and I am looking forward to the next two in the trilogy. I didn't realise it was a trilogy. Last time i had it it must have been an abriged version.Any way its a most excelant book. humorous,
"Made me smile from start to finish"
When I was 10 my Mum started reading me this book and I’m not sure it would be too dramatic to say it changed my life. As someone who loved stories but really struggled to read these stories captured my imagination and my sense of humour enough to force me into reading. Now 16 years on, I downloaded them and was pleasantly surprised to find that I still loved them. Compelling and exciting, insightful and witty this is everything you could want from a book aimed at children, but whose appeal continues into adulthood. I can't imagine how anyone would dislike it!
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