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The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket

Written by John Boyne

Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket Synopsis

There's nothing unusual about the Brockets. Normal, respectable and proud of it, they turn up their noses at anyone 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. Barnaby tries 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.

The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket Press Reviews

Boyne's previous children's novels have dealt with serious, life-changing themes and his deftness of touch is equally evident in this uplifting celebration of otherness Daily Mail 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 Charming, uplifting and perfect for any growing child who might be feeling a little different Independent A whimsical, warm-hearted adventure ... beautifully illustrated by Oliver Jeffers The Bookseller Very entertaining reading ... This is a book very much on the side of the child, operating rather in the same way that, for example, the children's novels of Roald Dahl operate. But Boyne's humour is much gentler and subtler than Dahl's ... Oliver Jeffers's black-and-white illustrations capture both the wit and pathos of Boyne's text Irish Times

Book Information

ISBN: 9780552565769
Publication date: 28th March 2013
Author: John Boyne
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Publisher: Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 288 pages

About John Boyne

John Boyne (Author) John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of nine novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John's other novels, notably The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. His most recent book is The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain, which sees him returning to the setting of the Second World War. His novels are published in over 45 languages. www.johnboyne.com @john_boyneOliver Jeffers (Illustrator) ...

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