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The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket

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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 floats.

Desperate to please his parents, Barnaby does his best to keep both...more
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by Doubleday Childrens
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Harun Harahap
“Just because your version of normal isn't the same as someone else's version doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with you.”

Normal. Menurut KBBI adalah menurut aturan atau menurut pola yang umum; sesuai dan tidak menyimpang dari suatu norma atau kaidah; sesuai dengan keadaan yang biasa; tanpa cacat; tidak ada kelainan.

Dari buku ini kita belajar tentang "kenormalan' tersebut. Bagaimana setiap orang mendefinisikan kata normal. Sesuatu dibilang normal, ketika sekumpulan atau banyak orang bers...more
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...more
There is a Japanese proverb that states: "The nail that sticks out gets hammered down." This practically sums up the view Barnaby Brocket's parents take on his complete disregard for the Laws of Gravity. It really doesn't matter that he's a caring and intelligent boy. He draws attention to himself. And that's not normal. And what isn't normal is just bad and completely unlovable under any circumstance, thank you very much.

I was very much looking forward to reading this book (mainly due to the wa...more
Serendipity Reviews
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...more
Darren Hartwell
This review first appeared on The Book Zone(For Boys) blog

Is 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...more
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...more
Cora Linn
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 much...

But 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...more
"Un chico que estaba preparado para conocer a gente nueva.
Un chico que quería vivir aventuras nuevas.
Y lo principal, un chico que estaba orgulloso de ser diferente."
dari anak-anak lah, kita belajar banyak hal

John Boyne, kembali membuktikannya. Dengan menampilkan sosok anak laki-laki berusia 8 tahun bernama Barnaby Brocket, seorang anak yang sejak lahir tubuhnya sudah melawan gravitasi.

Dari petualangan yang tidak sengaja Ia alami, Barnaby menemukan banyak hal ajaib di dunianya, bahkan Ia tanpa sadar telah mengajari banyak orang disekitarnya dengan pemikiran-pemikiran sederhananya.

Barnaby selalu berusaha bersikap normal, agar Ia bisa diterima keluarganya y...more
Durante casi todo el libro tuve la sensación de que Barnaby era una versión contemporánea de "El Principito", nada muy alejado de las increíbles aventuras que tuvo Principito a las que tuvo Barnaby. Sin embargo, aquellos aspectos en los que discierne este libro hará que quien haya llevado una vida familiar o social tortuosa y llena de prejuicios se sienta identificado. Para aquellas personas cuyos padres, hermanos o conocidos les hayan hecho sentir inferiores o anormales por ser la versión que g...more
Sheerio Vega
Comenzaré con un: este libro es un aventura de altura.

No quisiera sonar igual que la película UP: UNA AVENTURA DE ALTURA, pero tiene mucho sentido describir este libro de esa manera.

La historia nos habla de Barnaby un niño que desobedece a la ley de gravedad y simplemente lo hace elevándose por los aires.

Sus padres son unas personajes muy prejuiciosas y les importa lo que los demás piensen de ellos así que tener un hijo que vuela no es algo con lo que quieran liar.

Así por cosas del des
4 / 5

La historia va sobre Barnaby, un niño que ha nacido con la extraña habilidad de flotar, por alguna razón no obedece la ley de la gravedad. La cual, según sus padres, es una de las más importantes. Y para la mala suerte de Barnaby, ha nacido en la familia más autoproclamada normal de todo el planeta. Por esta razón lo ven como la oveja negra de la familia. Como el niño malcriado y desobediente que simplemente porque le da la gana flota para llamar la atención y no tener un perfil bajo, lo cu...more
2.5 Stars

Reading The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne was a bit of a stretch for me, even as an avid Middle Grade fan, perhaps because the book skews toward the younger end of that spectrum (around age 8). While it was adventurous, charming, and wonderfully written, it was also too heavy handed for my tastes. I believe it will be an ideal book for many children (or adults) who need to feel as if it is okay to be something other than “normal”, but complete lack of sub...more
I don't really know what else to say apart from, I LOVE this book! It's just one of those rare novels that's heart-warming and sweet in every way possible. You really shouldn't be put off by the almost childish cover (in my opinion, it's so cute!) because this book shouldn't be missed by anybody! It's definitely a book that can be enjoyed by all ages!

One thing I adored about this book, is that it reminded me so much of Roald Dahl's books! And who doesn't love Roald Dahl?! Yet again just let me s...more
Alex Baugh
Barnaby Brocket was born in Sydney, Australia to a very normal family and in fact, up to the moment of his birth, the Brockets prided themselves on just how normal they were. But then Barnaby was born and first thing he did was float and their whole normal existence was turned upside down. Because Barnaby didn't stop floating and pretty soon there were mattresses nailed to the ceilings so that Barnaby wouldn't hurt himself.

Now if his parents were ashamed of Barnaby, his older brother Henry and...more
Claire Russell
The Terrible thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket is a great read. It tells the story of a little boy who is born into a family who are obsessive about normality, who don't wish to stand out at all in anyway, ever! Unfortunately for them when Barnaby, their third child is born, he can float! This is a terrible inconvenience for the Brocket's who like to have an ordered life. Barnaby is not let out of the family house for the first years of his life. His parents put a mattress on the ceiling to...more
Aww, I adored this book, it really did give me a dose of the warm and fuzzies! This has a really simplistic if not a little silly storyline that had me grinning throughout. It is beautifully written and thoughtfully put together. I think Barnaby Brocket is a little superstar, he has had it hard in his short life but he doesn't let it get him down, he is a joy to get to know and and I will remember his adventures for a long time to come. The fabulous little illustrations are a real treat, I am a...more
I was drawn to this book because I like quirky stories, and I'm a huge fan of Oliver Jeffers (the illustrator). And this book started out great! Poor Barnaby Brockett, born to terrible parents, sibling to two very ordinary kids, and master to one devoted dog. The book reads much as a classic Roald Dahl book might (complete with TERRIBLE parents!), and Jeffers's illustrations add a similar touch as Quentin Blake's might.

And yet, the book gets both more absurd and a trifle more boring in the secon...more
While I was reading this, I finally put my finger on what it is that I like so much about John Boyne and Oliver Jeffers: their stories (and author/illustrator partnerships) are full of magical realism. It isn't exactly like the magical realism I've enjoyed so much in Latin American literature, though—it's Irish magical realism, which is different some how. There is a lot of sadness, but it's too odd and interesting to get lost in the sadness the whole time. I'm sure there has been plenty of far...more
Maria Carmo
Indeed, this book could as well be called "the wonderful life of Barnaby Brocket", because his life is told by the Author as a modern day tale of wonder and discovery, as a novel "explorer" of sorts, whose difference propels him to a life of adventure. The tale is, in fact, all about the incapacity of Barnaby's family to accept him as he is, and the courageous way in which he faces his strange but wonderful destiny and still wants to return and give his family a chance to learn to value him for...more
4.5 stars actually to be precise.

Fun, fun story about a boy, Barnbaby Brocket, who floats, which he's done since he was 3 minutes old, This is super embarrassing to his parents who order him to stop, but of course, he can't. His parents just can't tolerate this flaw because they just want to live 'normal' lives and draw no attention to themselves. And so one day, his mother sends him up in the air ... But what is normal really? Some wonderfully dark humorous moments.

1/2 star off because I didn'...more
The Terrible Thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket explores what it means to be ‘normal’ and the adventure of living when you can be true to yourself. BB is not ‘normal’ in his parents’ eyes as he defies gravity and floats. Embarrassed by this trait they connive to remove Barnaby from their lives. What follows are a number of adventures for Barnaby where he encounters a variety of people who are true to themselves despite how they have been treated by their parents. The courage of self-realizat...more
Eva Mandy
I guess I was expecting some kind of a mix between Wonder and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Well, it was not as good as that. Damn high expectations, I didn't enjoy it as much as I should have.

Nevertheless, The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Broket has a special message for us all, specially for kids. Different is good and we should not be ashamed of not being like the rest of the world.

Barnaby is a really good kid, although he has a problem. He defies the laws of gravity, so he floa...more
Samuel Maldonado
Este es un libro totalmente acerca de la búsqueda de la normalidad. ¿Qué es ser normal?
La enseñanza que deja cada capítulo es enorme, y creo que muchos padres (controladores) deberían leerlo... para que les salgan canas verdes.
Se toca la importancia de la familia y el respaldo que ofrece a sus integrantes. Pero la mayoría de los personajes prefieren mantenerse al margen de sus familias mientras que otros prefieren ser diferentes y estar ahí junto a ellos.
Me parece que la gente debería aceptar a...more
2.5 stars.

Though the message of this book is very important and one that I definitely support, I did not enjoy this book very much. At first I loved the writing style and Barnaby's story, but the more I read, the more irritated I became. The plot was repetitious (Barnaby travelled to a new place, someone helped him, these people had terrible parents, and then Barnaby helped them) and lacked subtlety more than anything. Yes, I get the message. I think even little children reading this book got t...more
In the uplifting tradition of Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated), Around the World in 80 Days, and Oliver Twist comes a vivid tale of a boy making his own way in the world. During his global journey he meets some of the most charming characters middle grade fiction has to offer. John Boyne and Oliver Jeffers are truly a match made in the clouds.
María Gabriela
Barnaby Brocket is not a normal child, and not because he floats, but because no one is normal. I mean, can you call yourself normal when you let your son fly away without caring, just because your neighboors commented about him?

Doesn't matter if you are gay, ir if your home is the basement of a building, or if your face is burned, or if you have duck legs instead of feet. And, most important, doesn't matter what people say about it, while you're happy with your decisions and your identity.

I actually found this book in the adult section at the library. For me as a 16 yr old, I think the book was a bit childish but It made me think a loooot.

At first I thought that he floated, was a metaphor for something. I just could'nt figure out what it was. Ofcourse it ment that he was abnormal/special but it wasnt a really deep meaning behind it.

The book made me think off how the society is today. So many people wants to be normal and be like everyone else, and abnormal people is seen as wei...more
Judith J
When I was reading this book I was so shocked by some of the things that happen in it. Barnaby is a boy with an amazing and strange power, sort of. It's not really a power but it's different to other people. But the way he is, is not the only way to see him. He has a very big caring personality and he always wants to be a good friend. The way he gets into the problems he faces in the book is amusing because he just can not get rid of his "power" that he has had since he was born. He can also not...more
Vom Mut, anders zu sein.
Eine wunderbar phantasievolle Parabel – nicht nur für Kinder.

"Denn Barnaby Brocket, das dritte Kind der normalsten Familie, die je in der südlichen Hemisphäre gelebt hatte, war offenbar alles andere als normal, wie sich jetzt schon zeigte, denn er weigerte sich, dem elementarsten aller Gesetze zu gehorchen.
Dem Gesetz der Schwerkraft"

Meine Gedanken zu dem Buch:

Wenn ein neues Werk des grandiosen Autors John Boyne erscheint, ist es für mich definitiv eine sehr willkommene Pf...more
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John Boyne (born 30 April 1971 in Dublin) is an Irish novelist.

He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize. But it was during his time at Trinity that he began to get published. To pay his way at that stage of his career, he worked at Waterstone's, typing up his drafts by night.

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