18th June '16
We read this at bedtime over a few weeks, with me reading it to my 8 and 9 year-old girls at bedtime. I have been a fan of Terry Prachett's books since I was young, but at the time he hadn't written any children's books, so it was great to introduce my children to his excellent writing, which had been aimed at their age-range.
My children loved the world of the nomes and the way in which they saw the world we inhabit. They laughed at the way they saw and understood us, like when the nomes saw a sign saying, "Road Works Ahead" and they discussed why on earth we would have a sign explaining that the road was working and that they felt it was more important to have a sign if it wasn't working!
For the adult reading this with their child/ren, Terry Prachett is as perceptive as ever, shining a light on curiosities of religion, beliefs and religious practices, to the manner in which people (whether nome or human) can interpret things that they see and the way in which beliefs can influence society through established routines and even fear.
Some nomes from running from hunger, danger and an aging community, hitch a ride on a lorry and find themselves transported to the world of "the Store", which has become the entire world of a group of well-established nomes, who do not believe in "the Outside" or even if they do, are terrified of what it might hold. As the Store is closing down, time is running out to find a plan to save all of the nomes and find a new home.
My daughters were totally gripped by the story and loved the different characters amongst the nomes and are looking forward to starting the next book in the trilogy, Diggers and then Wings