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The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket Hardcover – 2 Aug 2012
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"Mr and Mrs Brocket live an obsessively normal life in Sydney - until their third child, Barnaby, is born. Because Barnaby floats, like a helium-filled balloon, unless he is weighted down. Embarrassed and frustrated by their son's inability to be normal, they cut him loose at the age of eight, and Barnaby floats away on a series of adventures . . . Boyne's previous children's novels (The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, Noah Barleywater Runs Away) have dealt with serious, life-changing themes and his deftness of touch is equally evident in this uplifting celebration of otherness" (Sally Morris Daily Mail)
"Delightfully quirky . . . with a delightful cast of characters, this books celebrates and acknowledges difference" (Vanessa Lewis The Bookseller 2012-05-25)
"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)
"A whimsical, warm-hearted adventure . . . beautifully illustrated by Oliver Jeffers" (Fiona Noble The Bookseller 2012-05-25)
"This funny, warm, but poignant story has a thought-provoking message about the importance of accepting difference and being true to yourself. Barnaby makes for a hugely likeable hero, and this story is full of fantastic characters, from eccentric contemporary artists to a villainous ringmaster to Barnaby's beloved dog, Captain W E Johns. Booklovers will enjoy spotting the numerous references to books from Heidi to Around the World in 80 Days in a book which is in part a tribute to the power of the imagination. Surreal and quirky in the tradition of children's writers like Roald Dahl, there are some moments of darkness here too, but although the final resolution is bittersweet, this is ultimately a deeply uplifting story. Oliver Jeffers' beautiful illustrations add the perfect finishing touch" (Booktrust)
A warm, moving and imaginative tale of an unusual little boy struggling to be accepted for his differences, by the bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.See all Product description
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Subtly written from the simple perspective of Bruno, the horrors are still there but explained with child-like innocence.
I had to re-read the ending a couple of times even though I knew what happened - heartbreaking!
I'm glad I've read this and I hope I can help my daughter to understand the incomprehensible.
While I don't normally read books concerning wars or the holocaust, I really wanted to read this because I'd seen the film and the books films are based on are normally better. In this case, the book was indeed better than the already-brilliant film.
I think one of the most important things is, it makes you think. Not only is it about two young boys who form an incredible friendship despite their different backgrounds, it makes you remember the millions of victims of the holocaust and truly realise what a terrible thing it was. Also, I love the fact it's almost entirely focused on their friendship and that it's less about politics. It's so thought-provoking that even though they should be enemies and that if they understood what was happening at this time they would despise each other, they are innocent enough to form such a good friendship.
I'd recommend this book to anyone (except young children who don't already know about the holocaust) because it is just such a good read. Warning, if you're a sensitive person, it will break your heart and have you in tears by the end. I won't lie, I was.
This is a very sad but truthful story. It's about a nine-year-old boy called Bruno who lives in Germany in the middle of World War 2. His family is forced to move away from Berlin to 'Out-With' (their new home). Then he sees a fence around a bunch of people in striped pyjamas. My favourite chapter is Chapter 10 ('The dot that became a blob that became a figure that became a boy') because that is where everything starts.
I recommend this book to ages 10 and above because of the language and structure.
I am not the person to spoil it for anyone who will read this book after me but the ending really sucks.
Probably the best ending I've read for a while too. So innocently written, so much so that you hardly realise whats happening until its over.
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