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Barkbelly Paperback – 6 Apr 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Inscribed by author to the Owner edition (6 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141318740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141318745
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.)"

About the Author

Cat Weatherill is a performance storyteller, performing internationally at storytelling and literature festivals, on national radio and television, and at schools throughout the country. She lives in Wales with her musician husband. BARKBELLY is her first novel for children.


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A fantasy story set in many places, this book thrills any reader to the bone. Barkbelly is a wooden boy, hatched out from a wooden egg that his foster parents threw in a blazing fire. His foster mother was delighted to find that it was a baby as she had been cursed with an illness that meant she could not have a child. However, worst comes to the worst when Barkbelly is involved in a game of Bull Run at his local school. He hits Little Pan Evans, the weakest child in school, and sends him flying like a bird through the sky and hits the playground with a crack. He is dead.
Barkbelly sets on a journey, doing everything to try to forget this unforgettable trauma. He recovers from a series of accidents and runs far enough to find out where wooden people like him live. He is on the trail for his family. Yet when he finds them he gets rejected. Nothing is going right for him, or is it? A cracking novel from the famous Cat Weatherill
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I really loved this book. It has been with me for most of the past month, a chapter or two read at bedtime every night to my boys aged 8 and 6. At times I thought I was losing my young audience - it's a very big book for the age group - but never for long. It is a terrific book to read aloud, showing clear evidence that it was written by a woman used to telling stories. My 8 year old loved it for the adventure, my 6 year old clearly followed the story and was particularly thrilled at the appearances of the circus. I loved it for its central message of redemption, to paraphrase 'that you may have done a bad thing but that an essentially good person deserves to find peace'. My only reservation was the ending - just a little too Narniaesque - but that really didn't detract from the book, especially not for its target audience. I look forward to sharing more of the author's books with my three children.
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The story is about a wooden boy who was hatched from an egg. A terrible accident happened so he ran away. During this time he goes on lots of adventures such as working in Jam factory and Circus. All the time he is wanting to find where he came from, so he travels on a pirate ship to the island where people like him live.

I enjoyed the book because it kept my attention and I wanted to find out what his next adventure was. I also found the book interesting because of all the different places he went and people he met.

I think the book is suitable for children aged 8 and over.
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First purchased in 2006, this book has been read and re-read by all my sons (around the age of 8/9 yrs) with much pleasure. I am currently reading it to my youngest (8 yrs) for the second time and we are both really enjoying it despite knowing the story . Cat Weatherill writes so beautifully and conjures up such an original world, which is both fantastical and completely believable, with characters that you really come to care about. I can also recommend its sequel, Snowbone, which is equally gripping and moving.
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