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Falling up, up and away...,
This review is from: The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket (Hardcover)
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Am I the only person that remembers the Zenzible Family from the TV sketch show Absolutely? They were the family that only did zenzible things while wearing zenzible clothes and never, ever, ever ran with scissors? Well, that's basically the family Barnaby Brocket gets born into and that would all be fine except Barnaby floats like he's full of helium and that's just too much for his family to bear and so they set him free - quite literally. As he floats his way around the world Barnaby meets all sorts of (representatively selected and politically corrected) people and learns that being different is not the disadvantage his parents think it is, actually quite the opposite.
The book is written with real wit and humour and moves along at a nice pace, but the book's underlying message does get slightly repetitive because Barnaby doesn't just learn his lesson once, he gets to learn it over and over again and so, therefore, do we. Of course learning to accept and even to cherish diversity is a lesson well worth learning, especially for the young, but you occasionally wish the book would move on to deeper, or even just different, mantras as Barnaby drifts through his various encounters and adventures. However, in the end it's a completely charming and captivating book, with its substantial and very human heart in exactly the right place.