It seems as if the world has gone a bit mad between all the restrictions and the toilet paper obsession. In Australia, they haven’t closed the schools. However, we’ve made the decision, like many families who can, to take Iris out of school. It was perhaps a blessing that I stopped work last October. I’m not particularly worried for our own health, but I feel it is definitely the right thing to do. With less kids in the school, the teachers who have no choice and the kids whose parents cannot have them at home, will be that much safer. Now more than ever, I count my blessings: healthy family, beautiful house with garden and plenty of space, Netflix, my hobbies and my ginormous TBR (to-be-read) pile. Added to that is that Australia is pretty much self-sufficient so we’re not going to run out of food. As apocalypses go, this one is not so bad.
Late last year, we visited one of our favourite independent bookshops in Perth, Paper Bird in Fremantle. Terry Pratchett’s The Wee Free Men was recommended. I love Terry Pratchett so managed to cajole Iris to pick it for us to read together.
First off, as someone who loves to do all the voices when reading to my child, this was absolutely brilliant. “Nae king, nae quin, nae laird! Nae master! We willnae be fooled again!” Just going by my Outlander experience, I would say this is a highland accent? In any case, I channelled my Jamie Fraser crossed with Fat Bastard from Austin Powers and Mike Myers’ dad in “So I Married an Axe Murderer”.
Any story that involves a young/small female kicking ass is excellent, IMO (yes, Buffy is my heroine of choice). So I love that a ten-year-old girl, with not much life experience beyond the sheep she tends and the cheese she makes, has the gumption to take on unknown forces with just the help of a gang of highland smurfs.
I am a huge Terry Pratchett fan. I love his witty humour and all his hapless heroes. My only niggle with this book is how Tiffany defeats the Queen (of course she was going to, it’s a kid’s book after all). It seemed a bit airy fairy (sorry for the pun). However, this is not going to stop us from continuing the series!
“Oh waily, waily, waily!”