I am very late to this party! I have only read some of the juvenile lit entries in Discworld, starting with Maurice. My youngest daughter was 10 at the time, and no longer really wanted to be read to at bed time, but indulged me because she knew I loved it. We enjoyed Maurice and found “The Wee Free Men” next.
Reading this book to a 10 year old girl who you want to see prosper in life was very moving. The descriptions of witchcraft (A witch pays attention to everything that is going on. A witch uses her head. A witch is sure of herself. A witch delights in small details. A witch sees through things and round things. A witch sees further than most. A witch sees things from the other side. Witches deal with things.) are qualities any father would like to see his daughter develop. Tiffany is an amazing character, strong, resilient, inquisitive, resourceful, brave, caring, and compassionate. Her intent to save her world despite being a nine year old girl was inspirational to both of us. Grannie Aching’s hardworking, simple but powerful magic was also a reflection on the hard work tha women often do that is magical in a very primal way.
Then there are the Nac Mac Feegle themselves. Getting to read their dialogue in a terrible Scottish brogue while saying their incredible names (No-as-big-as-Medium-Sized-Jock-but-bigger-than-Wee-Jock-Jock) was a delight for me and my daughter. And their terrible habits and fascinating religious and societal beliefs made us laugh but also have thoughtful discussions.
In terms of books I have read aloud to my kids this one takes top place I think. Narrowly beating out Treasure Island (I enjoyed talking like a pirate a lot!) So for me to see that it is far down everyone’s list of Discworld books has me ready for a trip to the library. I will review this thread to see which one looks like a good place for me to get back into it.