Reading progress update: I've read 143 out of 445 pages.

Hogfather (Discworld, #20) - Terry Pratchett

The mother took a deep breath.

 

‘You can’t give her that!’ she screamed. ‘It’s not safe!’

 

IT’S A SWORD, said the Hogfather. THEY’RE NOT MEANT TO BE SAFE.

 

‘She’s a child!’ shouted Crumley.

 

IT’S EDUCATIONAL.

 

‘What if she cuts herself?’

 

THAT WILL BE AN IMPORTANT LESSON.

Honestly, you're never too young to learn which parts of a sword are the dangerous bits. Also, this is how I picture little Doreen right now (just pretend that cotton candy cone is a sword):