The second Tiffany Aching novel

and thirty-second novel in the Discworld Series

Illustrated by Paul Kidby

Winner of the Locus Best Young Adult Novel Award for 2005, and the Mythopœic Award, Children’s category, 2005

Hbk: Doubleday, 29 April 2004 (0-385-60736-9)
Bookproof: 490 copies in December 2003
Hbk edition with new Paul Kidby jacket, his
 aerial view of The Chalk on the end-papers, and a bee and the word ‘ELDRITCH’ blocked  on the spine: Doubleday, 25 May 2017 (978-0-857-53546-7) All the five Tiffany volumes in this edition have a single word on the spine: for this book the publishers thought Eldritch was a good way to describe the Hiver.
New hbk, with design by Joe McLaren on the casing, no dustjacket: Doubleday, 10 June 2021 (978-0-857-53606-8)

Pbk: Corgi, 29 April 2005 (0-552-55264-X; B-format 0-552-55144-9)
B-format black & gold cover, June 2008 (978-0-552-15784-1)
Initially sold exclusively through Waterstones, their copies having a white circular ‘Exclusive Waterstone’s Edition’ label on them.
A-format reissue, with new Kidby cover: Corgi, 1 July 20/10 (978-0-552-56291-1) Contains the first few pages of Wintersmith at the end.
B-format, with new Kidby cover, Corgi 24 May 2012 (978-0-552-55144-1)
New pbk with cover and illustrations by Laura Ellen Andresen: Corgi, 25 May 2017 (978-0-552-57631-4)


Large print: Isis, 2011 (hbk 978-0-7531-8766-1: pbk -8767-8)

USA hbk: jacket illus. Chris Gall, HarperCollins 25 May 2004 (Trade 0-06-058660-5; library edition: 0-06-08661-3)

Bookproof: November 2003

Book club: Bookspan (1159232)

Pbk: Harper Trophy, 14 July 2005 (0-06-058662-1). Reissued with cover illus. Bill Mayer, 2006
Reprint with new cover design: HarperCollins, 1 September 2015 (978-0-06-243527-9)

Contains a number of extras not in the hbk: a note ‘To the Reader’, an ‘Author Bio’, ‘Talking with Terry Pratchett’, ‘Welcome to Discworld’, and ‘Terry Pratchett’s Other Books for Young Readers’, much of which is written by TP, and addresses of websites where more can be found about the author.

Library hbk of pbk: Turtleback (978-1-417-72658-5)

Bahasa Indonesian: Topi Selebar Langit, trs. ?Santi Paramitta, Serambi Ilmu Semesta, November 2007 (978-979-1112-15-4)

Brazilian: Um chapéu cheio de céu, trs. Alexandre Mandarino, Bertrand Brasil, 2016 (978-85-286-1880-8)

Bulgarian: Шапка пьлна с небе, trs. Katia Ancheva, Vuzev, 2012 (978-954-422-099-0)

Chinese simplified [mainland]: 1. People’s Literature Publishing House, 2005? [not seen]
2. Shanghai Dook, c. September 2017 (978-7-5496-2162-0)

Chinese complex [Taiwan]: Commonwealth/Global Kids, 2006 [not seen]

Croatian: Lumen [contracted but not yet published]

Czech: Klobouk s oblohou, trs. Jan Kantůrek Talpress, [30 November 2004] 2005 (80-7197-269-X)

Danish: En hat fuld af himmel, trs. Svend Ranild, Borgen, 2008 (978-87-21-02896-1)

Dutch: Een Hoed van Lucht, trs. ‘Venugopalan Ittekot’, De Boekerij/M, June 2006 (90-225-4312-9)

Estonian: Kübaratäis taevast, trs. Kaaren Kaer, Varrak, May 2006 (9985-3-1113-2)

Finnish: Tähtihattu, trs. Mika Kivimäki, Karisto, October 2004 (951-23-4571-4)

French: Un chapeau de ciel, trs. Patrick Couton, L’Atalante, November 2007 (978-2-84172-388-1)
New edition: L’Atalante, 21 June 2018 (978-2-84172-567-1) (not yet seen)

Mass market: Pocket, 22 November 2012 (978-2-266-23301-9)

German: Ein Hut voller Sterne, trs. Andreas Brandhorst, Manhattan/Goldmann, 9 February 2006 (3-442-54608-7)
Massmarket: Goldmann, November 2007 (978-3-442-46542-2)

Hebrew: בובע ,כובע מלא שםײס trs. Yonatan Bar, Kidmat Eden, 15 October 2008 ((DNACOD 0031700000076)
Winner of the 2009 Geffen Award for the Best Translated Fantasy Book

Hungarian pbk: Égböl szött kalap, trs. Veronika Farkas, Delta Vision, 12 February 2015 (978-963-395-153-8)

Italian: Un cappello pieno di stelle, trs. Maurizio Bartocci, Mondadori, October 2005 (88-04-55041-4)

Japanese: ?trs. Hoshi Tominaga, Asunaro Shobo, 20 June 2010 (978-4-7515-2354-4)

LatvianPilna Cepure Debesu, trs.  Māra Poļakova, Zvaigzne, 12 December 2018 (978-9934-0-7844-6)

Lithuanian: Skrybélé, pilna dangaus, Garnelis, 2011? (978-9955-883-18-0)[not seen]

Norwegian: En hatt full av himmel, trs. Torleif Sjøgren-Erichsen and Marita Liabø, Gyldendal, 2,000 copies in 2005 (82-05-33782-9)

Polish: Kapelusz pełen nieba, trs.Dorota Malinowska-Grupinska, Prószyński i S-ka, 2005 (83-7469-049-6)
Reissue with new cover: 2011 (978-83-7648-661-1)

Romanian: O Pǎlǎrie linǎ de Cer, trs. Cristina Jinga, Corint Junior, 2007 (978-973-7644-79-4)

Russian: Шляпа полная неба, trs. ?, 1) with scenic design by Aleksey Zhizhitsa, Eksmo, 23 April 2016 (978-5-699-87859-8); and 2) with image by Alicia Braumberger and black background, Eksmo, 1 July 2016 (978-5-699-87872-7) [neither yet seen]

Serbian: Laguna

Spanish: Un sombrero de cielo, trs. Manu Viciano, Plaza y Janes, November 2011 (978-84-01-33979-0)
Massmarket pbk: Debols!llo, November 2013 (978-84-9032-514-8)

Turkish: Gökyüzü dolu Şapka, tr. Niran Elçi, Tudem, 3,000 copies, 2007 (978-0044-69-198-7)
Reissue: Delidolu/Tudem, November 2016 (978-605-5060-61-9)

Ukrainian: Повен неба капелюх, trs. Marta Gosovska, Old Lion, 2021 (978-617-679-908-5) not yet seen

Background illustration © and by courtesy of Marc Simonetti


Every so often, a reviewer has to admit that he or she got an author wrong. Take Terry Pratchett. For years I privately regarded him as everything that was bad about fantasy writing – based on having picked up a couple of Discworld books that I found arch and silly. Then a couple of years ago I was sent The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. Grumpily, I picked it up . . . and within a page was captivated. The jokes, the love of language, the moral sense, the storytelling were outstanding. I suddenly understood why distinguished writers such as A.S.Byatt had championed him, and it was no surprise when it won the Carnegie medal for best children’s book.
If anything The Wee Free Men is even better, and with its sequel, A Hat Full of Sky, set to keep readers of 9 plus absolutely quiet for hours, apart from moments of helpless, hooting laughter….
Pratchett’s ear for dialogue is superb, and adults will realise that not only has his passion for poetry enhanced every drop of magic by Burns and Christina Rossetti, casting it into a masterpiece of comic fantasy, he’s also used Dadd’s weird and wonderful painting, ‘The Fairy Feller’s Master-stroke’ from the Tate. His deep feeling for landscape, animals, kindness and courage make his adventures deeply satisfying as well as clever. I feel an idiot for having missed out on so much fun for so long.                               Amanda Craig, in The Times

Tiffany Aching and her loyal friends, the crazed six-inch Nac Mac Feegle, return in an outing rather less uproarious but more weighty, and therefore possibly more satisfying than The Wee Free Men (2003). Tiffany, now 11, has left the Chalk to apprentice to a career witch. On the brink of adolescence, she has become more conscious of image, and it is this weakness that leaves her open to attack by a hiver, a parasite that seeks out the powerful, taking over their minds – and killing them in the process. It’s the Feegles to the rescue, a highly dubious enterprise. Pratchett weaves a tale that isn’t afraid to detour into biting satire or to stop and admire a mot particularly juste, but that keeps returning to the critical question of identity – how an individual must embrace her worst aspects to become her best self, how worth is found in works, not in posturing. The great chalk horse cut into the downlands becomes the metaphor for Tiffany’s understanding of this: “’Taint what a horse looks like. It’s what a horse be.” By turns hilarious and achingly beautiful, this be just right.  Kirkus Reviews

Tiffany comes to know that being a witch isn’t all spells and glamour; most of it is simple hard work helping people who don’t always know when to be grateful. … As in the previous book, Pratchett here lets the Wee Free Men run riot across the pages to splendid effect. This is not a rehash of the first book, however, but a developing story about the developing powers – and the responsibility demanded by those powers – of a serios young witch coming of age. The fantasy world combines edgy adventure with comfortable yet imaginative domestic detail, and readers will curl up to read with a sigh of contentment.        JMD in The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Tiffany is Hermione Grainger, Gaiman’s Coraline, and Pullman’s Lyra Belacqua rolled into one. Her six-inch-high, Scottish tongued, kilt-wearing protectors are a brilliant creation and hilariously funny if one does not mind their accents. Granny has always been Pratchett’s philosophising mouthpiece, and she does her job admirably here. This coming-of-age story is a great adventure with plenty of magic and laughs and a journey to find one’s ‘soul and center’. It is highly recommended for all collections.  Starred review: Timothy Capehart in Voya[Voice of Youth Advocates] (USA)

A tremendously absorbing, complex and at times unfathomable triumph of imagination, this is another masterpiece from Terry Pratchett . . . . simultaneously sheds light and darkness on our own world.
Pratchett touches on so many things we only pretend to understand: life, death, other beings and the power of the human mind.     Pet O’Connell in Evening Echo (Cork)

In this sequel to The Wee Free Men (rev. 5/03), Pratchett approaches an even more perfect union of domestic and epic fantasy, and the humor similarly races from cerebral to burlesque without dropping a stitch. Gratefully relinquishing her temporary appointment as kelda to the Nac Mac Feegle, Tiffany Aching is apprenticed to Miss Level, a witch of the humbler sort whose singular characteristic is her identity as one person distributed between two bodies: “My right body is slightly clumsier than my left body, but I have better eyesight in my right pair of eyes. I’m human, just like you, except that there’s more of me.” Tiffany’s witch lessons with Miss Level, and her encounters with a neighboring teen-queen apprentice, have the kind of magic school humor beloved to fans of Harry P., but they also brilliantly lighten the more serious story of Tiffany’s relentless pursuit by a soul-stealing hiver. ‘We see you. Now we are you,’ says the hiver as it takes Tiffany over; and all the boisterous force of the Nac Mac Feegle, as well as all the power of Granny Aching’s sheep-dappled landscape, the Chalk, will be needed to bring Tiffany back to herself. Pratchett recalls his elders Garner and Mayne in his evocation – and invocation – of the English Chalk, and Tiffany as its personification. ‘She tells the hills what they are, every day. She has them in her bones. She holds ‘em in her heart,’ says Feegle Rob Anybody, and it’s more than poetry, it’s the life of this astonishing novel.     r.s. in The Horn Book

All ends well – but not before the reader has been hurtled though a series of often hilarious scenarios with a carefully devised blend of wit and the simple wisdom of a clear-cut moral line.
Comparisons with Harry Potter are, predictably, inevitable. What sets the two apart is the cheerful irreverence and the absence of brooding darkness.     VR in BfK, 147

The ever-inventive Pratchett comes through again with a comic delight that will engage fantasy fans and make them think, too.   Starred review, Kliatt

…. What [my] summary misses entirely is the wit and humanity of Pratchett’s treatment, whether it’s in his portrayal of of the fiercely bumbling fairies, or pretentious young witches too heavily committed to hats with spangly stars, or of older, more shy practitioners for whom the ‘soul and the center’ of their art is helping human beings. Laughter and page-turning plot.      Mary Harris Russell, Chicago Tribune

a wonderful, hilarious, and ultimately touching romp for all ages.      Carolyn Cushman, Locus

That Terry Pratchett is a very funny writer is now almost universally acknowledged. What is less widely mentioned is that his books often contain passages of great wisdom and terrible beauty: he may at times be whimsical but he is never trite.
When he began setting books for younger readers on his long-established fantasy planet Discworld, there was a worrying possibility that he might split his talents. The Discworld books, though given at times to a definite darkness of tone, had never exactly been inappropriate for younger readers in the first place. Thankfully, such fears were unfounded: this is the third such Discworld book, and just as those aimed at adults have retained their lightness of touch, so these have quite sufficient chills to provide and agreeable thrill both for Pratchett’s adult readers, and for children who are not too easily frightened.
A Hat Full of Sky is a direct sequel to The Wee Free Men, though as with most Discworld books it can be read in isolation should one so desire. Concerning the training in witchcraft of eleven-year old Tiffany Aching, her battle with an ancient evil and her often fraught relationships with peers and mentors, its obvious readership would be fans of Harry Potter, though of course these themes have long been part of Pratchett’s territory, too.
The chief difference is that while J.K.Rowling may raise a smile at time, she seldom causes embarrassing outbreaks of giggling if read on publish transport; perhaps this explains her comparatively greater success among the non-geek population.
Such dignified concerns notwithstanding, this is a gripping read which moves seamlessly between comedy, melancholy and adventure.     Alex Sarll in Hartlepool Mail, and elsewhere

The story comes with all Pratchett’s unique comic inimitability and moves with page-turning insistence to its surprising, satisfying conclusion. Less explosive, more reflective than other Discworld books, it’s nevertheless fully in the tradition and one can’t say fairer than that.  Dennis Hamley in School Librarian

A Hat Full of Sky’s dust jacket should carry a warning, something like, ‘Beware: kids may demand more from their books after reading this’, would do. Its big ideas about life and death and its anarchic spin on formulaic fairytales make Terry Pratchett’s third children’s novel set on Discworld … a challenging and entertaining read for lively minded Year 6s and up….
Just as The Wee Free Men was shot through with Tiffany’s memories of her granny, who died when she was seven, A Hat Full of Sky’s slapstick humour is counterbalanced by her wrenching homesickness, the enlightened notion that helping people constitutes the heart and soul of witchcraft, and the Hiver’s ideas about life and death, which have a whiff of Samuel Beckett about them.
If readers can forgive Pratchett for rushing Tiffany’s first battle with the Hiver, his gravitas, together with the crackling energy of his ideas and style and his delicious subversion of traditional fairytales, makes A Hat Full of Sky a nigh perfect read.      Stephen Lucas in the Times Educational Supplement

Review: Three fine books for your time
The characters in A Hat Full of Sky are every bit as colourful – and a lot more fun [than those in The Peregrine Spy, by Edmund P. Murray] …
Pratchett’s devilish sense of humour and finely honed sense of the absurd send the story bubbling merrily along, with Tiffany and her retinue of tiny red-headed, kilt-garbed drunken minders dodging everything from flying broomsticks to Death himself.
It’s a fine, wonderful adventure – and what more could one wish for on a lazy afternoon? L.D.Meagher, in CNN International.com

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