Reviews for Illustrated Wee Free Men : A Story of Discworld

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
Does [cf2]The Wee Free Men[cf1] need pictures? Nope. But the main offender here is not the illustrations, which are over literal but competent enough; it's the twee and precious book design, which makes the story look a lot less exciting than it actually is. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 February

Gr 6-10--This new edition of the first book in Pratchett's excellent "Tiffany Aching" series (HarperTempest) features full-color illustrations that are true to the author's keen descriptions. Fans of the original won't find faults: Tiffany looks like a true nine-year-old, and the blue-skinned Wee Free Men seem appropriately fierce and funny at the same time. Three well-chosen foldouts show key plot transitions as Tiffany first sees the Wee Free Men, later steps into the fairy world, and ultimately unleashes her full powers. Plentiful spot illustrations and creative use of space show that the illustrator has clearly entered into the spirit of Tiffany's world. Significant words occasionally appear behind the text in light gray, appropriate for a girl who has read the dictionary (because "no one told her you weren't supposed to"). Line drawings of Wee Free Men frequently appear along page borders as they hang from, climb up, and occasionally steal the letters of the text. Recurring passages that tell the backstory of Tiffany's Granny, merely italicized in the original edition, are now cleverly highlighted by insets resembling yellowed paper. Pratchett's expertly written fantasy works fine without any pictures, but these attractive images are quite effective without overwhelming the words. For less sophisticated readers, the visual elements may serve as reference points to help them navigate the rich setting and cohesive but complex plot.--Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR

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