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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 or different about the Brocket family - and they're keen to keep it that way. But when 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. Soon, the Brockets decide enough is enough. The neighbours are starting to talk. They never asked for a weird, abnormal, floating child. Barnaby has to go . . . Betrayed and frightened, 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

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 * A whimsical, warm-hearted adventure * The Bookseller * 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 * 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 *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780552573788
Publication date: 1st June 2015
Author: John Boyne
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Publisher: Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 304 pages

About John Boyne

John Boyne (Author) John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of eleven novels for adults, six for younger 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. Most recently, The Heart's Invisible Furies was a Richard & Judy Bookclub word-of-mouth bestseller, and A Ladder to the Sky was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award in association with Listowel Writers' Week. His novels ...

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