A fantastic epic and magical adventure story set in a beautifully realised world that's almost but not quite like our own. Barkbelly is a wooden boy, brought up by loving human parents, whose life falls apart when he accidentally kills one of his playmates and has to go on the run. His journey turns into a quest for his real home and his real mother, and takes in along the way the circus, fierce pirates and mysterious giant hedgehogs. Full of poetry, magic, and dark twists of fate, Barkbelly discovers what can happen when your dreams come true, but in a way that breaks your heart.
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- Hardback | 352 pages
- 148 x 223 x 31mm | 496g
- 07 Apr 2005
- Penguin Books Ltd
- United Kingdom
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"This is a magical and moving debut.""--The Times "(U.K.) "A glorious book . . . beautiful and touching.""--The Observer "(U.K.) "Fresh and inventive.""--The Children's Bookseller "(U.K.) "A startling fresh voice in children's books! Cat Weatherill is one of our great storytellers, vivacious and inventive." "--"Michael Morpurgo, Children's Laureate (U.K.) "A magical adventure . . . all these rich characters reflect real life but allow the reader to imagine the details for themselves.""--Carousel "(U.K.) "From the Hardcover edition."
About Cat Weatherill
Cat Weatherill is a performance storyteller, performing internationally at storytelling and literature festivals, on national radio and television, and at schools throughout the country. BARKBELLY is her first novel for children.