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Alistair and Eleanor Brocket 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 normal. To the horror and shame of his parents, Barnaby appears to defy the laws of gravity - and floats
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Book Level: 6.2
Interest Level: MY
Quiz Number: 223267
"Boyne's previous children's novels have dealt with serious, life-changing themes and his deftness of touch is equally evident in this uplifting celebration of otherness"
Daily Mail||"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"
Guardian||"Charming, uplifting and perfect for any growing child who might be feeling a little different"
Independent||"A whimsical, warm-hearted adventure . . . beautifully illustrated by Oliver Jeffers"
The Bookseller||"Very entertaining reading . . . This is a book very much on the side of the child, operating rather in the same way that, for example, the children's novels of Roald Dahl operate. But Boyne's humour is much gentler and subtler than Dahl's . . . Oliver Jeffers's black-and-white illustrations capture both the wit and pathos of Boyne's text"
There's nothing unusual about the Brockets.
Boring, 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, he defies the laws of gravity - and FLOATS.
One day, the Brockets decide enough is enough. They never asked for a weird, abnormal, floating child. Barnaby has to go . . .
A warm, funny and imaginative tale from the bestselling author ofThe Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.