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335 pages, Hardcover
First published April 29, 2004
"'AAaargwannawannaaaagongongonaargggaaaaBLOON!' which is the traditional sound of a very small child learning that with balloons, as with life itself, it is important to know when not to let go of the string. The whole point of balloons is to teach small children this."And also this one from Arminzerella:
It's that "as with life itself" that really makes it memorable.
"Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving."I've never met a Pratchett story I didn't like and A Hat Full of Sky maintains that fine record. I think the Tiffany books lack a little of the depth and/or whimsy that my very favourite Discworld books have, but they're also signficantly better than the weaker Discworld books. Overall they are excellent YA books that I'm very happy to highly recommend.