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In a world whose seasons are defined by Christmas sales and Spring Fashions, hundreds of tiny nomes live in the corners and crannies of a human-run department store. They have made their homes beneath the floorboards for generations and no longer remember—or even believe in—life beyond the Store walls.

Until the day a small band of nomes arrives at the Store from the Outside. Led by a young nome named Masklin, the Outsiders carry a mysterious black box (called the Thing), and they deliver devastating news: In twenty-one days, the Store will be destroyed.

Now all the nomes must learn to work together, and they must learn to think—and to think BIG.

Part satire, part parable, and part adventure story par excellence, master storyteller Terry Pratchett's first entry in the engaging Bromeliad trilogy traces the nomes' flight and search for safety, a search that leads them to discover their own astonishing origins and takes them beyond their wildest dreams.

Topics: Trilogy, Funny, Adventurous, Gnomes, Magic, Journeys, and Parallel Dimensions

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 1, 1989
ISBN: 9780062193827
List price: $4.99
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Classic, highly enjoyable, always recommended Pratchett. Not Discworld, this time, but our own, which we apparently share with a race of 4-inch high gnomes that just want a safe place to call home.read more
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The first Terry Pratchett book I didn't enjoyread more
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I really enjoyed this satirical children's series from Terry Pratchett. The first book makes fun of religion, which made me laugh out loud a few times.read more
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The Bromeliad trilogy is one of my favorite children's series. Pratchett's humour is absolutely one-of-a-kind genius; the characters and situations he describes are so clever and so absurd. I loved the Book of Nome extracts with their satirical take on the Bible (especially the Genesis of the store), and Pratchett's somewhat daring challenge to the narrow-mindedness that sometimes arises from strict adherence to religious principles.The bits about Prices Slashed and Bargains Galore, the store signs of fate, and how seasonal sales mark the progress of a year were inspired, laugh-out-loud funny.read more
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Engaging little gnomes discover theres more to the world than they can see, and even if they are quite literal about it theres more than one meaning to what they do see.read more
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This story about nomes was very interesting and different than most nome stories that I have read. There are lots of valuable life lessons wrapped up in this book.read more
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I'm really loving Terry Pratchett's work! [i]Truckers[/i] is the first book in [i]The Bromeliad Trilogy[/i]. That it was written for children does not diminish the fact that it's a highly entertaining comic fantasy that even grown-ups will enjoy. The book is very witty and clever, and there were many laugh-out-loud moments for me. Once begun, I found it hard to put down. Highly recommended!read more
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TRUCKERS should be compulsory reading for all children up to the age of 99. A detailed study would also bring a lot of religious wing-nuts down to earth.......If they still had any thinking powers.read more
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Masklin and his ageing companions living hard on the land think they may be the last Nomes but when they hitch a ride on a lorry they arrive at a vast new world of Nomes living in a department store with food and comforts but who all firmly believe that the entire world IS the store and 'outside' is a myth.Nomes are tiny creatures who live 'fast'—short lives at the mercy of the gigantic, slow humans. When 'the Thing', a sacred object from long ago, is activated and proves to be a sophisticated computer, Masklin learns that Nomes are descended from space voyagers. Inspired by news of their past abilities, Masklin and others lead the Nomes to a new home when the store is demolishedread more
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Classic, highly enjoyable, always recommended Pratchett. Not Discworld, this time, but our own, which we apparently share with a race of 4-inch high gnomes that just want a safe place to call home.
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The first Terry Pratchett book I didn't enjoy
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I really enjoyed this satirical children's series from Terry Pratchett. The first book makes fun of religion, which made me laugh out loud a few times.
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The Bromeliad trilogy is one of my favorite children's series. Pratchett's humour is absolutely one-of-a-kind genius; the characters and situations he describes are so clever and so absurd. I loved the Book of Nome extracts with their satirical take on the Bible (especially the Genesis of the store), and Pratchett's somewhat daring challenge to the narrow-mindedness that sometimes arises from strict adherence to religious principles.The bits about Prices Slashed and Bargains Galore, the store signs of fate, and how seasonal sales mark the progress of a year were inspired, laugh-out-loud funny.
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Engaging little gnomes discover theres more to the world than they can see, and even if they are quite literal about it theres more than one meaning to what they do see.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This story about nomes was very interesting and different than most nome stories that I have read. There are lots of valuable life lessons wrapped up in this book.
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I'm really loving Terry Pratchett's work! [i]Truckers[/i] is the first book in [i]The Bromeliad Trilogy[/i]. That it was written for children does not diminish the fact that it's a highly entertaining comic fantasy that even grown-ups will enjoy. The book is very witty and clever, and there were many laugh-out-loud moments for me. Once begun, I found it hard to put down. Highly recommended!
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TRUCKERS should be compulsory reading for all children up to the age of 99. A detailed study would also bring a lot of religious wing-nuts down to earth.......If they still had any thinking powers.
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Masklin and his ageing companions living hard on the land think they may be the last Nomes but when they hitch a ride on a lorry they arrive at a vast new world of Nomes living in a department store with food and comforts but who all firmly believe that the entire world IS the store and 'outside' is a myth.Nomes are tiny creatures who live 'fast'—short lives at the mercy of the gigantic, slow humans. When 'the Thing', a sacred object from long ago, is activated and proves to be a sophisticated computer, Masklin learns that Nomes are descended from space voyagers. Inspired by news of their past abilities, Masklin and others lead the Nomes to a new home when the store is demolished
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