Cloud Busting Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Sep 2005
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"One of the most original and moving books of the year . . . an absolutely remarkable book" (Daily Mail)
"Inspired writing . . . it flows like melted butter and glistens as it goes . . . Blackman knows her verse forms and uses them to brilliant effect" (Guardian)
"It is funny and poignant and Blackman's use of language is wonderfully economic. This is a masterpiece of writing and a book for all ages" (TES)
"It soon develops into a cautionary tale about the way that both a friendship and a child's originality is destroyed by peer pressure. What makes it even more unusual is that it is told out of the mind of the boy who brought about the destruction. Blackman threads humour into the tragedy and (just) succeeds in giving us something to hope for" (Independent)
"Hats off to Malorie Blackman . . . Sheer poetry" (Oxford Times)
A lyrical story, written in verse that celebrates friendship and individuality from the award-winning author of NOUGHTS AND CROSSES.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
I cannot recommend this book too highly to young kids particularly when read and discussed with a parent or guardian. As mentioned in my title, i feel this book should become recommended class reading for Primary schools everywhere, its that good. I cannot wait to read other books by Malorie Blackman if they are half as good as Cloudbusting.
I hope she never stops writing.
The theme of bullying is often told from the viewpoint of the victim; in this highly readable poem-novel, it is the turn of the perpetrator to tell his side of a bullying story. Surprisingly by the end of the book you understand that maybe there is not only one victim, and maybe a lot of the problems with bullying is pier pressure.
I am training to be a teacher and would recomned that every child hear's this at least once during their school life.
read it to my 8 year old and my 11 year old listened in. Both were
totally captivated and I ended up reading the whole book in one sitting,
whereupon my younger one said could I read it again the next night. It
deals so cleverly with the nature of bullying and cuts through right to the
heart of experience. You come away changed and humbled.
She came home from school yesterday telling me about this wonderful book that she had started reading about two boys named Sam and Davey, which was written in different poetry styles . She knew the title and author, quoted parts of it and asked me what was meant by "you don't miss the well til the water runs dry". She asked if I could get it on my Kindle. Intrigued, as she was so enthused about it, I downloaded it after she had gone to bed. This evening, we read the first few chapters together, and she eagerly told me which ones she enjoyed, and cringed at the chapter with the mean poems in it. After she went to bed, I couldn't resist reading the rest of the book, even though we'll be reading it together again tomorrow.
If this book can instil this sort of reaction in someone who normally has to be cajoled into reading school books, then I thoroughly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A really good way for younger teens to explore social issues at school and become familiar with zzz poetry too.Published 3 months ago by T. Wrycraft
Malorie Blackman is the best author I have ever come across. Cloud busting tells the story of 2 boys. Read morePublished 8 months ago by kids
What a wonderful take on a child's view of friendship. I read this cover to cover in about 20 minutes as I was so engrossed. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Vikki
Awesome book would totally recommend it to people who LOVE LOVE LOVE poems (I'm not a big fan of poems but this book was really good)Published 14 months ago by Ana
This book is great and I would recommend it to anyone.
I really like how each chapter is a different type of poem
It's an ok book but bit boring.
Have fun reading or don't read.
The true end. Or is it