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Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne
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Jun 10, 11

bookshelves: 2011-reads, childrens, illustrated, fantasy
Read from June 09 to 10, 2011

Noah Barleywater Runs Away is a beautifully crafted modern fairytale which both children and adults alike will adore. Brilliantly bizzare from the very first page, John Boyne's latest children's book tells the story of Noah Barleywater, an eight-year-old boy who sets off to see the world with the intention of leaving all his cares and worries behind. He quickly becomes swept up in a strange, magical adventure, but upon meeting a very special toymaker he learns an important lesson in dealing with the trouble he has tried to leave behind.

This is a very difficult book to review, as explaining what makes it so brilliant would reveal dozens of spoilers. So I'll keep it short. With a story like this one, it's best to start reading with as little prior knowledge as possible. I won't go into the plot because it's a story that readers should discover for themselves. What I will say is that John Boyne has risen even higher in my estimations with this breathtaking reinvention of a popular classic tale. Noah Barleywater Runs Away has been referred to elsewhere as a "modern fable" and I think it's exactly that. This a brilliant new story for helping children to come to terms with loss and Boyne delivers an important life lesson that adults might care to remember, too. 5 stars.
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Wendy Darling Great review, Lucy!


Lucy :)


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