Wednesday 2nd March 2016
Penguin Random House Children’s announce the second collection of Terry Pratchett’s short stories for children
The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner
Penguin Random House Children’s is delighted to announce a new collection of short stories by master storyteller, Sir Terry Pratchett, due to be published this August.
The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner is the second collection of Pratchett’s short stories, following on from the hugely successful first volume, Dragons at Crumbling Castle, which became a number 1 bestseller. Beautifully illustrated and brought to life by Mark Beech, these stories feature food fights and pirates, wizards and crooks and are sure to delight Pratchett fans worldwide.
Written when he was just seventeen, The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner brings together fourteen of Pratchett’s earliest stories. Each of the stories shows the seeds of ideas which Terry went onto develop in his later writing, making this a fascinating collection for his fans.
Francesca Dow, Managing Director of Penguin Random House Children’s commented: “Dragons at Crumbling Castle engaged a new generation of Terry Pratchett fans, and we are delighted to be building on this success by publishing a second collection of Terry’s fantastically funny stories. Once you’ve read Pratchett, you love Pratchett – and our mission is to inspire even more young readers with his wonderful stories.”
Rob Wilkins, from the Estate of Sir Terry Pratchett, adds: ‘Terry was thrilled by the warm response to Dragons, and it meant a lot to him that children were reading and loving these stories. The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner is just as silly and brilliant, and we can’t wait to share this collection with readers young and old.’
A separate collector’s edition will also be published this August featuring bonus stories and a critical commentary to accompany each story.