The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket

Awards:   Long-listed for Carnegie Medal 2013 Long-listed for Carnegie Medal 2013.
Author:   John Boyne ,  Oliver Jeffers
Publisher:   Random House Children's Publishers UK
ISBN:  

9780857531469


Pages:   288
Publication Date:   02 August 2012
Recommended Age:   from 9 to 11
Format:   Hardback
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  • Long-listed for Carnegie Medal 2013
  • Long-listed for Carnegie Medal 2013.

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There's nothing unusual about the Brockets. Normal, respectable, and proud of it, they turn up their noses at anyone strange or different. But from the moment Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it's clear he's anything but ordinary. To his parents horror, Barnaby defies the laws of gravity - and floats. Desperate to please his parents, Barnaby does his best to keep both feet on the ground but he just can't do it. One fateful day, the Brockets decide enough is enough. They never asked for a weird, abnormal, floating child. Barnaby has to go . . . Betrayed, frightened and alone, Barnaby floats into the path of a very special hot air balloon and so begins a magical journey around the world, with a cast of extraordinary new friends.

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Author:   John Boyne ,  Oliver Jeffers
Publisher:   Random House Children's Publishers UK
Imprint:   Doubleday Children's Books
Dimensions:   Width: 14.10cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 20.70cm
Weight:   0.390kg
ISBN:  

9780857531469


ISBN 10:   0857531468
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   02 August 2012
Recommended Age:   from 9 to 11
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children's (6-12)
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
Stock availability from the supplier is unknown. We will order it for you and ship this item to you once it is received by us.

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Mr and Mrs Brocket live an obsessively normal life in Sydney - until their third child, Barnaby, is born. Because Barnaby floats, like a helium-filled balloon, unless he is weighted down. Embarrassed and frustrated by their son's inability to be normal, they cut him loose at the age of eight, and Barnaby floats away on a series of adventures ... Boyne's previous children's novels (The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, Noah Barleywater Runs Away) have dealt with serious, life-changing themes and his deftness of touch is equally evident in this uplifting celebration of otherness -- Sally Morris Daily Mail Delightfully quirky ... with a delightful cast of characters, this books celebrates and acknowledges difference -- Vanessa Lewis The Bookseller 20120525 It's unashamedly and often delightfully whimsical. It's lovely to look at ... It has much of the pell-mell what-the-hell-happens-nextness of Dahl and Ibbotson -- Mal Peet Guardian A whimsical, warm-hearted adventure ... beautifully illustrated by Oliver Jeffers -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller 20120525 This funny, warm, but poignant story has a thought-provoking message about the importance of accepting difference and being true to yourself. Barnaby makes for a hugely likeable hero, and this story is full of fantastic characters, from eccentric contemporary artists to a villainous ringmaster to Barnaby's beloved dog, Captain W E Johns. Booklovers will enjoy spotting the numerous references to books from Heidi to Around the World in 80 Days in a book which is in part a tribute to the power of the imagination. Surreal and quirky in the tradition of children's writers like Roald Dahl, there are some moments of darkness here too, but although the final resolution is bittersweet, this is ultimately a deeply uplifting story. Oliver Jeffers' beautiful illustrations add the perfect finishing touch Booktrust


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John Boyne (Author) John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of nine novels for adults and four for younger readers, including the international bestsellers The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which has sold more than six million copies worldwide, The Absolutist and, most recently, Stay Where You Are and Then Leave. His novels are published in over forty-five languages. He is married and lives in Dublin. www.johnboyne.com john_boyne Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator) Oliver Jeffers is an internationally acclaimed author/illustrator. His first picture book, How to Catch a Star, was published in 2004. Since then he has created a number of picture books to much critical acclaim. He has won the Irish Book Award, the Blue Peter Book of the Year and the Nestle Children's Book Prize as well as a host of shortlistings, including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal.

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