Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes by Terry Pratchett. Reading progress update: I've read 11%.

Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes - Terry Pratchett

 

Grimma knew fifty ways of making dyes from wild plants and they all yielded a colour that was, when you came right down to it, basically muddy. Sometimes yellow mud, sometimes brown mud, sometimes even greenish mud but still, well, mud. Because any nome who ventured out wearing jolly reds and blues would have a life expectancy of perhaps half an hour before something digestive happened to him.