The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket

The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket

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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.show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 212g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • B+W throughout
  • 0552565768
  • 9780552565769
  • 57,692

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) 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.show more

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"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 Timesshow more

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There's nothing unusual about the Brockets. Boring, 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, he defies the laws of gravity - and FLOATS. One day, the Brockets decide enough is enough. They never asked for a weird, abnormal, floating child. Barnaby has to go . . . A warm, funny and imaginative tale from the bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.show more

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"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"show more

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2,720 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
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4 38% (1,045)
3 21% (558)
2 6% (162)
1 1% (39)
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