Discworld: For Kids

10 books in series
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The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents Publisher's Summary

Rats! They're everywhere: in the breadbins, dancing across tabletops, stealing pies from under the cooks' noses. So what does every town need? A good piper to lure them away.

That's where Maurice comes in. But he's only a cat (though one that talks), so although he has the ideas, he needs rats and someone to play the pipe. Who better than the kid to play the pipe? And Dangerous Beans. And Peaches. And Hamnpork (who doesn't really like what's been happening since The Change; all a rat leader really needs is to be big and stroppy, thinking is just not his thing). And Darktan. And Sardines. And all the others in the Clan.

Then they arrive in Bad Blintz, which is suffering from a plague of rats, and find there are NO rats anywhere (though the two resident rat catchers seem to have plenty of tails to show, at 50 pence per tail).

Someone else has had ideas, and Maurice is not pleased.

©2001 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2001 Isis Publishing Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

    • Discworld Book 28, (Discworld Childrens Book 1)
    • By: Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90

    Rats! They're everywhere: in the breadbins, dancing across tabletops, stealing pies from under the cooks' noses. So what does every town need? A good piper to lure them away. That's where Maurice comes in. But he's only a cat (though one that talks).

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Comical Cracked Fairy Tale with a Bite

    • By Jefferson on 05-16-11

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

    • By: Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 555
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 505
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 502

    One rat, popping up here and there, squeaking loudly, and taking a bath in the cream, could be a plague all by himself. After a few days of this, it was amazing how glad people were to see the kid with his magical rat pipe. And they were amazing when the rats followed hint out of town. They'd have been really amazed if they'd ever found out that the rats and the piper met up with a cat somewhere outside of town and solemnly counted out the money.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Much better as an audiobook

    • By Alexandra on 02-03-14

    Regular price: $22.81

  • Book 2

    • The Wee Free Men

    • By: Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
    • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,649
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,735
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,734

    Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk's local Nac Mac Feegle, aka the Wee Free Men, a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • First Sight and Second Thoughts

    • By Richard on 02-21-05

    Regular price: $23.95

    • The Wee Free Men

    • By: Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 235
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 204
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202

    Up on the chalk downs they call The Wold, witches are banned - ever since the Baron's son vanished in the woods. Anyway, as all witches know, chalk's no good for magic. Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching thinks her Granny Aching - a wise shepherd

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful entertainment for bright pre-teens

    • By HF on 12-19-12

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 3

    • A Hat Full of Sky

    • By: Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,125
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,333
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,333

    Tiffany Aching, the boldest heroine ever to swing a frying pan against the forces of evil, is beginning her apprenticeship in magic. She expects to work hard, learn spells, and become a witch. She doesn't expect to find herself doing chores, caring for the careless, and trying to outthink an ill-tempered nanny goat. There must be more to witchcraft than this!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More Crivens!

    • By Joyce on 01-11-05

    Regular price: $27.37

    • A Hat Full of Sky

    • By: Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 201
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 152
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 152

    Eleven-year-old Tiffany Aching wants to be a real witch. But a real witch doesn't casually step out of her body, leaving it empty. Tiffany does, and there's something just waiting for a handy body to take over. Something ancient and horrible, which can't die.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another excellent Pratchett!

    • By Judy on 05-15-12

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 4

    • Wintersmith

    • By: Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
    • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,204
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,203

    At nine, Tiffany Aching defeated the cruel Queen of Fairyland. At 11, she banished an ancient body-stealing evil. At 13, Tiffany faces a new challenge: a boy. And boys can be a bit of a problem when you're 13. But the Wintersmith isn't exactly a boy. He is winter itself.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • What's with the annoying musical interludes?

    • By Heather on 11-28-07

    Regular price: $22.81

    • Wintersmith

    • By: Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150

    Tiffany Aching put one foot wrong, made one little mistake... and now the spirit of winter is in love with her. He gives her roses and icebergs, says it with avalanches and showers her with snowflakes - which is tough when you're 13, but also just a little bit... cool.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another masterpiece from Terry Pratchett

    • By Brad on 11-13-18

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 5

    • I Shall Wear Midnight

    • By: Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
    • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,203
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,681
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696

    Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone - or something - is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Treasured Pratchett

    • By Rebecca on 12-11-10

    Regular price: $29.65

    • I Shall Wear Midnight

    • By: Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 289
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 221
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221

    Tiffany Aching, the young witch from The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, and Wintersmith is back in a new adventure featuring Discworld characters both familiar to fans (such as Tiffany, the Wee Free Men, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg) and new (meet Wee Mad Arthur, the Nac Mac Feegle on the City Watch whose only previous appearance was a brief cameo in Feet of Clay, and city witch Mrs Proust - a fabulous Pratchett creation).

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A captivating tale with lots of surprises.

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-05-13

    Regular price: $21.42