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There s nothing unusual about the Brockets Normal, respectable, and proud of it, they turn up their noses at anyone strange or different But from the moment Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it s clear he s anything but ordinary To his parents horror, Barnaby defies the laws of gravity and floatsDesperate to please his parents, Barnaby does his best to keep both feet on the ground but he just can t do it One fateful day, the Brockets decide enough is enough They never asked for a weird, abnormal, floating child Barnaby has to goBetrayed, frightened and alone, Barnaby floats into the path of a very special hot air balloon and so begins a magical journey around the world, with a cast of extraordinary new friends


10 thoughts on “The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket

  1. Sam Sam says:

    I got this book through a goodreads giveaway and hoped that it might spark a renewed interest in reading in my maths science obsessed daughter After reading the blurb and flicking through it she asked if we could read it together so we spent the weekend doing just that Barnaby Brocket is a boy who can float and goes on some adventures all around the world It s a typical kids book, however it also has a hidden depth to it that perhaps not all younger readers will appreciate It makes you quest I got this book through a goodreads giveaway and hoped that it might spark a renewed interest in reading in my maths science obsessed daughter After reading the blurb and flicking through it she asked if we could read it together so we spent the weekend doing just that Barnaby Brocket is a boy who can float and goes on some adventures all around the world It s a typical kids book, however it also has a hidden depth to it that perhaps not all younger readers will appreciate It makes you question what is normal and different Barnaby s parents appear to be normal but in reality are the most intolerant of people and don t like anyone who is different to them including their own child who they eventually abandon Barnaby meets a variety of characters on his travels who in some way or another have been abandoned by their loved ones for being different but who have been helped by someone with compassion and understanding and so Barnaby does what he can to help others too Despite what his parents did to him he still wants to get back home to them.The book is fast paced and at times a little sad but it s a lovely story and sharing this with my daughter made the reading experience even better


  2. Kamalia Kamalia says:

    This book was definitely interesting meant for children but highly packed with valuable morals people of all ages need to be reminded of The main moral its perfectly fine to be different.I ve read Boyne s Noah Barleywater Runs Away, so I wasn t surprised with certain fantasy and illogical elements being written about Being very used to YA and adult books though, I had to keep reminding myself that it s a children s book so its perfectly okay to read about a boy who can float and travels arou This book was definitely interesting meant for children but highly packed with valuable morals people of all ages need to be reminded of The main moral its perfectly fine to be different.I ve read Boyne s Noah Barleywater Runs Away, so I wasn t surprised with certain fantasy and illogical elements being written about Being very used to YA and adult books though, I had to keep reminding myself that it s a children s book so its perfectly okay to read about a boy who can float and travels around the world when the terrible thing happened to him.The writing definitely had character and style, and having lived in Australia before it was nice to be able to understand certain references Like Boyne s other book that i read, the ending left me feeling warm and satisfied with the deep lessons being shown I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who needs a reminder that it s fine if they are different from everyone else, or who would enjoy a nice and decent children s middle grade book It isn t exactly fantastic, but it was very nice also, the illustrations are so cute


  3. Darren Darren says:

    This review first appeared on The Book Zone For Boys blogIs there no end to the talent of John Boyne The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas incredible Noah Barleywater Runs Away amazing If you have read either of Boyne s previous books for younger readers then you will know what to expect from Barnaby Brocket a heart warming and uplifting tale that will tug mercilessly at your heartstrings, with some pretty heavy themes that are woven into the story with humour and deftness of touch that make th This review first appeared on The Book Zone For Boys blogIs there no end to the talent of John Boyne The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas incredible Noah Barleywater Runs Away amazing If you have read either of Boyne s previous books for younger readers then you will know what to expect from Barnaby Brocket a heart warming and uplifting tale that will tug mercilessly at your heartstrings, with some pretty heavy themes that are woven into the story with humour and deftness of touch that make the book suitable for the both younger audience at which it is aimed, and every age group onwards You would also know to expect the unexpected.If Alistair and Eleanor Brocket have on goal in life it is to be normal To have normal jobs, live in a normal house and have normal children They certainly do not want to do anything that makes them stand out from the crowd They are mightily happy as the first two children born into the family prove to be normal to the core, but it is when the third comes along, the titular Barnaby, that the foundations of their world of normality are well and truly shaken Unlike that of his siblings, Barnaby s birth is not an easy one for his mother, and then when he is born the doctor and nurses step back in amazement as he floats up to the ceiling From this moment on we begin to see just how terrifyingly ghastly his parents can be in pursuit of their goal, as they try to deal with having a child who is as far from normal as can be And their comes their ultimate act of betrayal as parents abandonment At this point, Barnaby embarks on a journey that sees him travelling around the world, encountering a host of other different people along the way.Although the premise of a boy who somehow defies the law of gravity seems somewhat fantastical, at the root of the story is the concept of being normal, and what happens to those who don t necessarily conform to society s ideals of exactly what constitutes normality Barnaby s difference is that he floats, but for many others it could be a disability, a desire to follow an unusual dream, or simply wanting to do something different from the wishes of a parent As Barnaby meets person after person who at some point have dared to be different, and are proud of the decisions they have made in life, his own feelings regarding his affliction are shaped, even though all he really wants is to get back to his parents back in Australia Yes, the thoroughly nasty parents who abandoned him.To describe Barnaby Brocket as Dahl esqe is I feel very appropriate John Boyne has again created a protagonist and host of supporting characters, both good and bad, that will enthral readers, young and old alike As this book is written for younger readers then the bad characters are very obviously very bad, just as the good characters that Barnaby encounters are obviously very good There is also a very strong moral running through the story, that may possibly seen exaggerated to theolder and cynical reader, but are an essential part of this as a story for kids does anybody criticise the morals behind the likes of Matilda or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory I think not.This is a perfect story for 8 children, although it will be enjoyed just as much by those younger if read to them by an adult as a bedtime story I wouldn t be surprised if, in thirty years time, people talk about this book as fondly as they do now about Roald Dahl s various masterpieces of children s fiction The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket is destined to be a classic


  4. Cora Tea Party Princess Cora Tea Party Princess says:

    This is quite a sad book.To read it as an adult had me close to tears That Barnaby s parents could be so awful, could resent him so muchBut if I d read this as a child I think it would have been a wonderful adventure To float, to go anywhere, to inadvertently travel the world and meet so many different characters, it would have been wonderful.This book teaches some great lessons the most important are that it s not wrong to be different and that everyone has their own definition of normal This is quite a sad book.To read it as an adult had me close to tears That Barnaby s parents could be so awful, could resent him so muchBut if I d read this as a child I think it would have been a wonderful adventure To float, to go anywhere, to inadvertently travel the world and meet so many different characters, it would have been wonderful.This book teaches some great lessons the most important are that it s not wrong to be different and that everyone has their own definition of normal It s OK to be gay, to have a crappy job, to be horrifically scarred, to be a freak I received a copy of this for free via Goodreads First Reads.


  5. Serendipity Reviews Serendipity Reviews says:

    The terrible thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket, wasn t really a terrible thing in my eyes, because it made him see how truly special he was OK, his mother went against any scrap of maternal instinct she might have had and didn t really lose any sleep over what she did, but to be honest, Barnaby was much better off with out his parents Barnaby was exceptional, clever, mature and thoughtful the kind of child you would love and adore The only thing that made him different from other childr The terrible thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket, wasn t really a terrible thing in my eyes, because it made him see how truly special he was OK, his mother went against any scrap of maternal instinct she might have had and didn t really lose any sleep over what she did, but to be honest, Barnaby was much better off with out his parents Barnaby was exceptional, clever, mature and thoughtful the kind of child you would love and adore The only thing that made him different from other children was that he could float and when he began to float he normally had difficulty stopping His unique ability made him different and his parents just couldn t cope with it They were just too nomal, living in Normalville, with every aspect of their life in line with normality To me normal is boring, so I quickly dismissed his parents and not worth having, reminiscent of Matilda s parents in Roald Dahl s classic The comparisons to Dahl are well founded, as the story brings back to life the horrible adults, Roald Dahl was so famous for creating The story has the same kind of magic, that Dahl was so good at breathing into his books There is also that strong sense of good morals and justice being served to those who aren t very nice I can almost imagineRoald Dahl nodding his head in approval at such a brilliant contrast to his own work.This book really makes you realise that it is perfectly fine to be different from everyone else You don t have to follow the crowd, you can be yourself and you won t appear abnormal Your uniqueness makes you special I loved the way Barnaby would pay it forward for every kind act that came his way He never took for granted the help he received from others and always went out of his way to return the favour With each new person he met, he took away valuable lessons which helped him to love who he was I adored the illustrations within the book, with the postcards being some of my favourites Oliver Jeffers excellent art work reminded me so much of Quentin Blake s illustrations which were often used with Roald Dahl s books This really is a timeless and beautiful tale that will find a home among the best loved chidren s classics


  6. Teresa Teresa says:

    Barnaby Brocket is no ordinary boy as he defies the laws of gravity, floating off if he isn t physically restrained His parents cannot accept his differences and go to extreme lengths to keep him grounded, physically and mentally One day, Barnaby floats away and you hope he will experience better examples of humanity once freed from the suffocating normality of his earth bound family.Before I got the opportunity to meet Barnaby he was kidnapped by my two children, aged 8 and 12, and both wer Barnaby Brocket is no ordinary boy as he defies the laws of gravity, floating off if he isn t physically restrained His parents cannot accept his differences and go to extreme lengths to keep him grounded, physically and mentally One day, Barnaby floats away and you hope he will experience better examples of humanity once freed from the suffocating normality of his earth bound family.Before I got the opportunity to meet Barnaby he was kidnapped by my two children, aged 8 and 12, and both were engaged by this extraordinary boy and equally enraged by the pompous, creativity quashing attitudes of his parents He should have rung Childline was the general viewpoint Having received such a positive reaction from the target audience I was delighted to find my own way into Barnaby s world It s whimsical, charming with a fantastical story which flows so smoothly you can t help but be carried along There are touches of Dahl and Walliams with quirky characters and dark humour this feels very much like a modern children s classic Oliver Jeffers beautiful cover is the perfect complement to Boyne s excellent storytelling highly recommended for children age 8


  7. Vicky N. Vicky N. says:

    Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 A book by an author from a country you ve never visited 6 52 What a beautiful book and a beautiful story Barnaby Brocket is a very special boy from the moment he is born Barnaby Brocket floats, much to the great horror of his parents And then the terrible happens and he floats away toward adventure.I really enjoyed this book It was quirky and strange and it s about acceptance of one s weirdness It had beautiful illustrations that mirrored the mood of the bo Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 A book by an author from a country you ve never visited 6 52 What a beautiful book and a beautiful story Barnaby Brocket is a very special boy from the moment he is born Barnaby Brocket floats, much to the great horror of his parents And then the terrible happens and he floats away toward adventure.I really enjoyed this book It was quirky and strange and it s about acceptance of one s weirdness It had beautiful illustrations that mirrored the mood of the book Beautifully written and great story


  8. Circus Hufflepuff Rosa Circus Hufflepuff Rosa says:

    This book was an amazingly funny book by John Boyne about a boy called Barnaby Brocket born into a very ordinary house with ordinary parents but the second he is born, he defies the laws of gravity by floating to the ceiling the spoiler is sort of quite spoilerish view spoiler One day when he and his very ordinary mum, and dog, take a nice walk around the botanic gardens, when they stop for a rest, his mum cuts the sandbag he was warring on his back and the sand tips out and Barnaby Brocke This book was an amazingly funny book by John Boyne about a boy called Barnaby Brocket born into a very ordinary house with ordinary parents but the second he is born, he defies the laws of gravity by floating to the ceiling the spoiler is sort of quite spoilerish view spoiler One day when he and his very ordinary mum, and dog, take a nice walk around the botanic gardens, when they stop for a rest, his mum cuts the sandbag he was warring on his back and the sand tips out and Barnaby Brocket starts his journey across the world, starting by being picked up by two old ladies in a hot air balloon And then goes all around the world hide spoiler


  9. Nurhayati Ramlan Nurhayati Ramlan says:

    I like how the author see normal as a subjective term What normal for you might not be normal for me and that doesn t make me or you any less normal All of us is different from one another, be it our appearances, our mind set, our principles and life styles Nobody is the exact copy of the other, so how much normal can something be for it to be called as normal Instead of being too quick to judge or punish those who are different than us, why can t we embrace it That s the colours of li I like how the author see normal as a subjective term What normal for you might not be normal for me and that doesn t make me or you any less normal All of us is different from one another, be it our appearances, our mind set, our principles and life styles Nobody is the exact copy of the other, so how much normal can something be for it to be called as normal Instead of being too quick to judge or punish those who are different than us, why can t we embrace it That s the colours of life, don t you think so Being normal isn t necessarily boring and being different doesn t have to be weird.It just how you see things that will change everything literally everything


  10. Nur Raihan Nur Raihan says:

    Afterthan a month reading this, not that its boring or anything, I was just busy I m glad that I have finished it Damn Barnaby, all those adventures that you have and you re just 8 years old I m totally on your side kid, who would wanna be normal when you can be different and have a lot of adventures right RIGHT