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The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket Hardcover – 2 Aug 2012

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857531468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857531469
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 1,454 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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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.

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