The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner: And Other Stories

The Witch s Vacuum Cleaner And Other Stories Poor Mr Swimble is having a bad day Rabbits are bouncing out of his hat pigeons are flying out of his jacket and every time he points his finger something magically appears cheese sandwiches socks

  • Title: The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner: And Other Stories
  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • ISBN: 9780857534835
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Poor Mr Swimble is having a bad day.Rabbits are bouncing out of his hat, pigeons are flying out of his jacket and every time he points his finger, something magically appears cheese sandwiches, socks even a small yellow elephant on wheels It s becoming a real nuisance and he s allergic to rabbits.His friends at the Magic Rectangle can t help, but the mysterious vPoor Mr Swimble is having a bad day.Rabbits are bouncing out of his hat, pigeons are flying out of his jacket and every time he points his finger, something magically appears cheese sandwiches, socks even a small yellow elephant on wheels It s becoming a real nuisance and he s allergic to rabbits.His friends at the Magic Rectangle can t help, but the mysterious vacuum cleaner he saw that morning may have something to do with it .Fourteen fantastically funny stories from master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, full of food fights, pirates, wizards and crooks

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    1. Terry Pratchett

      Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983 In 1987, he turned to writing full time There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four are written for children The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal A non Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 it is also available as a mass market paperback Harper Torch, 2006 and trade paperback Harper Paperbacks, 2006 In 2008, Harper Children s published Terry s standalone non Discworld YA novel, Nation Terry published Snuff in October 2011 Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire for services to literature in 1998, and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Warwick in 1999, the University of Portsmouth in 2001, the University of Bath in 2003, the University of Bristol in 2004, Buckinghamshire New University in 2008, the University of Dublin in 2008, Bradford University in 2009, the University of Winchester in 2009, and The Open University in 2013 for his contribution to Public Service.In Dec of 2007, Pratchett disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on 12th March 2015.

    732 thoughts on “The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner: And Other Stories”

    1. PTerry has never been that great at short stories. He admits that himself. But what he has always had is one of the best imaginations of any author, Storyteller or liar to ever have existed. He also had the best ideas of what to satirise, which mainly included the stuff he loved which, top comedy tip, it's the stuff you should always satirise. Fuller review to follow (maybe).Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy


    2. A collection of early short stories by Terry Pratchett that he wrote when he was a junior reporter & were published weekly in his local newspaper. All are wonderfully narrated in this collection, and although not as layered as his later Discworld series, they are a lot of fun for readers of all ages. Highly recommend if you enjoy things like Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman & if you haven't read that check them both out and enjoy.


    3. A collection of early works by Sir Terry. These were all written from the mid-sixties to the early seventies and published in Pratchett's local newspaper where he worked as a junior reporter. The stories are written for children and are all fun. Most of them were good with a couple of duds and a couple of excellent ones, averaging out to a solid rating of 3/5.1. The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner - Cute story about a magician who gets cursed by a witch. Everything he touches changes into something else, [...]


    4. More of Terry's fantastic childrens stories. Yes they are not up to his Discworld standards but they are fun and dare I say Jolly. Good fun for the young and old and if you feel the need for a negative review based on the age they are for, you are to OLD.Take them for what they are and have fun!


    5. Το ότι είναι ιστορίες του Terry Pratchett για μένα φτάνει και περισσεύει! Απολαυστικές, γεμάτες φαντασία και διδάγματα. Κείμενα που όχι μόνο απολαμβάνουν τα παιδιά αλλά και ενήλικες που αγαπούν τις απροσδόκητες εξελίξεις και το μεγαλείο της απλότητας! Όλα περικλείονται στο #LoveTerry [...]


    6. An interesting look at early short stories from Terry Pratchett.Good to see where the ideas for some of his later works started to develop.Overall though the collection lacks the humour, wit and story telling of Pratchetts later stuff.One to read for Pratchett fans who want a glimpse of him developing his writing early on but not for non Pratchett readers .


    7. Adorable and reminded me vaguely of the Phantom Tollbooth. Really enjoyed getting to listen to the inspiration for the Bromeliad Trilogy.


    8. Listened to audio in the car with my 9yo and 11yo. They are now both hooked on Pratchett, so I'm counting that as a success. Suggestions for what to throw at them next are welcome!



    9. I hope all of my fellow Pratchett lovers will excuse my saying so, but this is a collection of pointless stories which, if they had been any good, would have appeared much earlier. In the best story, the statues find a way to celebrate the old woman who fed the ducks for years in Blackbury Park. The last story, "Rincemangle, the Gnome of Even Moor," gives an early version of the gnomes' departure from the department store in The Bromeliad Trilogy.


    10. If you have ever read any Terry Pratchett and wondered where it all started, this second volume of short stories he wrote as a teenager will give you a glimpse into the ground floor of what would become one of the most celebrated writers of our times. The wit and humor that came to pervade his better known stories can be seen being crafted here, and though not as devastatingly cunning as his later works, there is no mistaking the raw talent that is underlying these stories. This would be a great [...]


    11. If you are looking for a light, funny read, this is your book. It was like watching cartoons or Monty Python. Very bad for a bedtime book for me. I found it hard to stop reading, well, actually, listening to this one. 3:00 came too quickly. So, sorry if this sounds more disjointed than my usual reviews. Oh, I listened to the Audible using the whispersynch. Julian Rhind-Tutt (Narrator) is facinating! His voice changes with every character. He tells the story with so much gusto that sometimes I th [...]


    12. 3.5/5This might be because I'm listening to the audiobook but I couldn't quite get excited about it. Its very very much for its audience. There are some books which transcend the ideal age but this one is not it. Ive noticed this for his other book aimed at younger children, though his Discworld ones are excellent. It's comical enough, filled with interesting and ridiculous magic and mishap, so I think the recommended age group of 7-9 years will enjoy.


    13. The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner is a collection of short stories that Terry Pratchett wrote when he was a teenager. The problem is that Terry Pratchett was bad at writing when he was a teenager. Every once in a while there are glimpses of ideas that Pratchett would later use much more effectively but otherwise these stories don't have anything going for them.


    14. While these stories are no quite on par with the authors Discworld books it was nevertheless a very enjoyable read. There were numerous instances where I had a good laugh and once at least that I shed a few tears. Overall a very good time was delivered and more than worth the price of admission to what was happening in Mr. Pratchett's head way back when he was just a young man!


    15. As a Terry Pratchett fan, this collection of early short stories was disappointing. His Discworld novels are filled with imagination and surprise, as well as humor. These early stories displayed a view of his beginnings, which would lead to his later work. I don't recommend this book of short stories.


    16. A second reading of what is the special edition with afterwords for each story and an extra short thrown in for good measure.Slipcased with a print thrown in.



    17. this book will give you the chuckles and is fun to read is book is one of the books that make people want to read



    18. Highly entertaining and appropriate for all ages. The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner itself wasn't actually so interesting, but there were quite a few that wereMy favourites are the ones about Lgogo (Whatever it's name is)


    19. Review Taken From The Pewter WolfFollow-up to the previous collection, Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Stories, this collection of fourteen short stories - including one or two that inspired Terry's later stories. Short stories that range from wizards, talking statues, a town in the the Wild Wild West (of Wales), gnomes, trolls, and a time-travelling TV to name but a fewThis is quite a short audiobook - just under 4 hours - and it was a fast listen for me (a shock for me, but with me cycl [...]


    20. Pratchettin varhaisajoilta pieniä tarinoita ja satuja. Osassa näkyy aihioita myöhempään tuotantoon, osa on hauskoja ja oivaltavia, mutta suurimmalta osalta menee "ihan kiva"-kategoriaan.


    21. I loved this but it was way to short. It is a collection of short stories that he wrote at the very beginning of his carer. This would be a great book to read with the little ones at bed time


    22. I won an uncorrected proof of this from a giveaway. I'm not sure how it counts as "uncorrected" though, as I've seen published books with more spelling and grammar errors than this book had. Sir Terry must have been a copy editor's dream. According to the introduction--and the copyright page--these stories were all written very early in Pratchett's career, 1966-1973 to be exact. They were written for the children's section of a newspaper. At least some of them have been revised for their appear [...]


    23. дейности предназначени за деца, игри, филми, книги, винаги са ми доставяли огромно удоволствие. в случаят с "прахосмукачката на вещицата" приятното усещане от прочита се засилва и от факта, че е написана от един от обичаните автори- тери прачет.историите разказани в тази кни [...]


    24. 14 funny short children’s stories from master story teller Terry Pratchett, from time travelling in Blackbury to the wild west (Welsh town of Llandanffwnfagettupagogo. The stories are written in Pratchett’s inimitable style. Beautifully written and illustrated, this is a treasure trove of stories for readers of all ages.The majority of these were written when Pratchett was a young journalist and the tweaked before his untimely death last year, this collection showcases his then emerging tale [...]


    25. Much like the previous book ("Dragons at Crumbling Castle"), this is a collection of Pratchett juvenilia. One of the later stories is clearly an early (much shorter) version of something that became his first novel ("The Carpet People").It should work for people who are not familiar with Pratchett, although those who are well versed may find it a little lacking. It's somewhat rougher and more uneven -- but still worth the time.


    26. No one will ever be able to duplicate Terry Pratchett. His zany sense of humor, his wit, his unending imagination all apparent in the "17 year old" who wrote these stories for a local newspaper, the children's section. A delightful collection of the wry oddball qualities that made him later famous; the short story of dueling wizards particularly delighted me. You are missed, Good Sir.


    27. I haven't read any Terry Pratchett for years. I used to really enjoy his Discworld novels even though I didn't read them all. This collection was written when Pratchett was a junior reported. A great nonsensical collection that would make for a good short read aloud session. Large fonts and short stories make this an easy read for year 3 & 4 students.


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