To her really excited every time I spot another discworld themed name on here

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HerrenaHarridan Thu 14-Feb-13 18:15:01

I just love it. What I really want to know is where is cheery littlebottom? According to mn the name is taken but I've never seen it.
So far I have spotted
MrsTerryPratchett
NannyOgg
Greebo
IShallWearMidnight
TiffanyAching

And quite a few others I can't recall right now.
Who haven't I spotted / remembered and where is cheery?

Mercedes I can thoroughly recommend the books. The first one is The Colour of Magic. Any bookshop or library will have one.

DiseasesOfTheSheep Thu 21-Feb-13 15:44:21

I'm with Klatchian, I don't think there's much at all in DW which is inappropriate for children. I started reading them when I was about 9 (refused to read any children's books from that age and moved exclusively into the Fantasy section and a lot of the fantasy books I did read really weren't appropriate grin sex sex sex!). I loved Death, particularly for some reason.

The Tiffany Aching books I've read as an adult and I think they're great. The villagers going after the child beater in ISWM is vaguely reminiscent of the villagers going after the Beast in Beauty and the Beast in my mind, and that's Disney shock The DV theme is sad, but hardly out of step with other fiction aimed at the same age group - and far less dismal than the likes of JW.

But then, my perspective is often skewed. As a child, I watched horror movies, read adult sci fi / fantasy / horror without fear or particular alarm. I never did recover from the dancing hippos in Fantasia though confused

AScorpionPitForMimes Thu 21-Feb-13 18:27:36

I think DV shocks me so much because I have not encountered it in my own life, just seen its effect on friends and colleagues of mine. In that sense I am the naive one. I agree that if the DDs can process the text and ask questions then they can read it, though I will continue to steer them away from the horror/scifi/fantasy novels that DH and I like.

TP actually does very little in the way of sexual references, he's either tongue in cheek or very tender (cf the hinted-at bedroom scene between Carrot and Angua in Men at Arms). When the DDs realise there's something of that ilk going on, they tend to dissolve into disbelieving laughter, but they are still very 'eeeewww' about sex. DD1 asked me an outright question about mine and DH's love life (as in 'did you ever do that?') and when I gave her an honest answer in the affirmative she nearly died laughing.

I do hope my DDs will reread TP again as they grow older, precisely so that they can take in the rich historical and cultural references he puts into his work everywhere.

HerrenaHarridan Thu 21-Feb-13 22:30:26

gringringrin At trauma by dancing hippo. I will try and shield dd from this.

smile At converting kids. Which book (s) did you go for nanny?

The sexual references spike whenever nanny is around but are scattered throughout, think seamstresses, King Verences educational books, Carrot and Angua when Sally the vampire shows up.
I shall wear midnight had a few references in it that made me think at the time some people will probably not consider this appropriate for a children's book.

Personally I don't have a problem with it I think it's an ideal way to build a normal healthy attitude to sex.

The DV scene is shocking as is the mob response (although as pp pointed out beauty and the beast has something similar) there is also refs to similar in previous discworld books although they aren't current, they are memories.
There is a least 2 from granny and that heart wrenching description of the old lady who wasn't a witch in the Tiffany books
I don't think it's healthy to over shield children it's probably quite helpful for them to realise not everyone gets it so good.
Also if you look at children's lit going way back it's all utterly brutal. Daughters getting sold, kidnapped, imprisoned, murdered by wicked stepmothers, nearly eaten by a witch then shoving her in her own oven! Heros on horses slaughtering dragons ( after the village has fed all their daughters to it)
Kids can cope with more than we give them credit for as long as you take the time to answer questions carefully.

YouBastard Thu 21-Feb-13 23:24:44

I told my 2 DS's the story of Hansel and Gretel, the gory version, at Christmas. They loved it! As a kid in the 70's, all the children's stories were the gory versions..I don't remember being bothered by it. I think a lot of it simply goes over kids heads tbh.

I'll keep the name YouBastard grin.

I am jealous of that name, YouBastard - it's brilliant smile

I remember loving Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes as a child, and getting my hands on an old copy of Grimm's fairy tales, where people do NOT live happily every after, and being very Cross Indeed with Hands Christian Anderson for how he treats the Little Mermaid and most of his other female protagonists, actually - yeah, I was a good candidate to read Equal Rites aged 9, I think. And as a girl I would have definitely definitely related to Tiffany, with her hair 'just brown' ...

Oddly, it was something I'd always looked forward to about having children - I'd have masses of DDs and would be able to share my favourite books with them. I've got 2 DSs and so that'll possibly shift slightly, but at least I know the Discworld series isn't going to be 'too girly' and ignored! smile

YouBastard Fri 22-Feb-13 18:48:12

It might raise a few eyebrows amongst those who haven't read this thread though grin. I'll have to try it out!

Roald Dahl rules, I loved his books as a child. I always get emotional when I try and explain what 'Danny, Champion of the World' is about.

Nanny0gg Fri 22-Feb-13 22:50:55

The sexual references spike whenever nanny is around but are scattered throughout

Ahem...

grin

Nanny0gg Fri 22-Feb-13 22:53:17

At converting kids. Which book (s) did you go for nanny?

Johnny and the Bomb initially, then Tiffany Aching.

I really love the Carpet People, but it's tricky to get the age right at school - they're usually too old to like them, when you would be reading them iyswim.
At home I would read them to a 7 year-old, but I don't think that would work in a classroom.

I would love my DC to end up with a NannyOgg attitude to sex. Both gender-sex and count the feet and divide by two-sex.

Except for the DILs of course.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Sat 23-Feb-13 02:46:59

Hadn't read enough DW books to come up with a unique nn when choosing at registration, the best were taken but agree it's fun to spot them. Such a treat to read and introduced DS to them around age 15.

HoraceTheCheese Mon 25-Feb-13 20:02:22

I'm usually GrimmaTheNome so I'll remind people wondering about what TP to read to children first about Truckers, Diggers and Wings smile.

Then the first discworld book for kids is Maurice and his Educated Rodents, and then the Tiffany ones. To put Midnight into context, bear in mind that by the time they hit secondary they will probably be wolfing down teen dystopias like The Hunger Games.

I still haven't read The Carpet People - ordered it at xmas.

HerrenaHarridan Sat 02-Mar-13 00:05:27

Tears of the mushroom!

There is a TearsOfTheMushroom

I love the goblin names smile

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