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The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket

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Barnaby Brocket is an ordinary 8-year-old boy in most ways, but he was born different in one important way: he floats. Unlike everyone else, Barnaby does not obey the law of gravity. His parents, who have a horror of being noticed, want desperately for Barnaby to be normal, but he can't help who he is. And when the unthinkable happens, Barnaby finds himself on a journey th ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Yearling (first published August 2nd 2012)
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Vitor Martins
Eu realmente não esperava que eu fosse gostar TANTO desse livro <3
Uma história muito linda, que fala sobre todo tipo de diferença e que passa uma mensagem linda de que tudo bem ser diferente.
Teoricamente é um livro infantil, mas eu recomendo pra todo mundo.
Um daqueles livros que aquece o coração e deixa a gente com um sorriso no rosto nas últimas páginas!
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
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
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 looking forward to reading this book (mainly due to the the cover).
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
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
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
Cora Tea Party Princess
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
"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."
Dulce Espinosa
"Fue entonces cuando se dio cuenta de que le gustaba ser diferente. A fin de cuentas, era así como había nacido. Era quien se suponía que tenía que ser. No podía permitir que lo cambiaran."

éste libro es para esa gente que piensa que es normal y critica a todo aquel que consideran "anormal" "raro" pues qué mensos! éste libro es para ustedes! jajaja es un libro para niños, sí, pero son de los que más me gusta leer, son tan honestos.
Hay muchaaaaaaaaas cosas que me gustaron de este libro, no sé por
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
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
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
" (...) ¿Viven allí vuestros maridos?-
-¿Maridos? -preguntó Ethel, y miró a Marjorie horrorizada.
-¿Maridos? -bramó Marjorie, y clavo la mirada en Ethel como si alguien acabara de amenazarla con sentarse en su cabeza.
-No tenemos marido, jovencito -le explicó Ethel-. Esas criaturas asquerosas y malolientes. Siempre zanganeando como inútiles, Beben, apuestan en las carreras, buscan excusas para no arreglar las estanterías torcidas de la cocina. Hacen unos ruidos de lo más repugnantes y emiten olore
A sweet, whimsical little story about a boy who floats. Totally my sort of thing! I think I would have very much adored it when I was younger, despite how there were a lot of references and nods to things I don't think children would even have noticed. The supporting cast of characters were diverse and interesting, each with different voices and stories, and I loved how each place felt different and new, but it was a shame that Barnaby himself (and his family) were so flat and boring in comparis ...more
Kerry Bridges
The Brockets are a completely normal Australian family. They have 2 children and a dog and they definitely don't want people to look at them differently. When Barnaby is born he floats. Mr and Mrs Brocket really don't want to deal with that so one day, they let Barnaby go and, before he comes home again he goes on many exciting adventures.

This is a lovely book for children. I have been reading some quite heavy going, serious books for some time and I just wanted something for light relief so I p
 A Lorena Sánchez muñoz
Boyne sabe bien como partirle el corazon y restaurarlo a personas como yo. Gran historia
Alvaro Acevedo Barrios
Primer libro del año y ¡Qué buen libro! A pesar de ser un libro infantil me gustó mucho!
Alistair und Eleanor Brocket führen mit ihren Kindern Henry und Melanie ein ganz normales und geregeltes Leben in einer kleinen Stadt in Australien. Normal sein, um jeden Preis und bloß nicht auffallen, steht bei den Brockets an erster Stelle. Die Familie hat nichts übrig für Menschen die anders sind als sie selbst und sie verabscheuen jede Form von individueller Besonderheit.

Als jedoch ihr dritter Sohn Barnaby Brocket geboren wird, müssen Alistair und Eleanor feststellen, dass ihr kleiner Junge
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'
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 d
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
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
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
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
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
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
Miguel Lugo
El libro es un golpe de suerte y punto.

Las personas que toda la vida nos hemos sentido diferentes y no aceptados como normales en la sociedad, simplemente nos sentiremos identificados con el caso de Barnaby, el cual nos enseña a sentirnos orgullosos de si mismos, y nunca de los nunca tratar de ser como todos los demás quieren que las personas del mundo sean. Un lugar aburrido lleno de personas aburridas en busca de la normalidad y la monotonía.

Al final es que me ha encantado, y lo dudaba porque
Aurora  Fitzrovia
Stellenweise echt süß und ich mochte das Ende und die “Botschaft“. Allerdings hat mich das ständige, überspitzte Getue um “Normalsein“, besonders in der Brocket-Familie, genervt. Teilweise zwar “wichtig“ für die Geschichte, hat mir aber manchmal doch etwas die Lust am Weiterlesen genommen. (view spoiler)
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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 won the Curtis Brown prize. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by UEA.

John Boyne is the author of nine novels for adults and five for young readers, as well as a collection of short stories.

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