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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
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Hardcover, 278 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by Doubleday Childrens
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Mayra Sigwalt
Estou aqui, abraçada com esse livro. Só sei dizer que foi uma experiência maravilhosa. A história e as mensagens me tocaram muito e fiquei super emocionada.
Um livro que tem a premissa de um menino que é diferente, ele flutua. Já começou genial. E os desafios que ele passa e as pessoas que ele conhece, ensinam coisas pra ele e pra gente.
Livro que depois que acaba fica com a gente no coração!
Obrigada pelo presente, Vitor! Esse livro precisa mesmo ser espalhado para o mundo! ❤❤
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Sam
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
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Rita
"Só porque a tua versão de normal não é a mesma da versão de outra pessoa, isso não significa que se passa algo de errado contigo."

Opinião no blog:
http://clarocomoaagua.blogs.sapo.pt/o...
Cristiana de Sousa
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Foi o primeiro livro deste autor que li e que melhor forma de começar. É daqueles livros que dá vontade de sair para a rua e destribui-lo a todas as pessoas. Toda a gente deveria ler esta historia e nunca esquecer que temos que aceitar as nossas diferenças, porque são elas que nos tornam especiais.
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!
Adorei!
Mollyvknize
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tohle bylo neuvěřitelně milé čtení! Úsměvné a zároveň poučné, pro děti i hravé dospěláky, doplněné o ilustrace.
Sara
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 5-estrellas
No recuerdo haberme reído y frustrado tanto a la vez con un libro. Ha sido genial. Tiene un toque cómico que se agracede, e incluso me recordaba a Matilda en ciertas ocasiones (una cucada de libro). Muy recomendable para pasar el rato echándote unas risas.

“Algunas personas simplemente no pueden aceptar algo que se escape a su experiencia.”
Kamalia
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Darren Hartwell
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure, comedy
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
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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
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Soberana
Adorei a mensagem do livro, e acho um livro super indicado para os jovens. E mesmo para os grandes, para refletirem um pouco nas suas atitudes. Compreenderem que temos que aceitar toda a gente, mesmo que sejam diferentes ou façam escolhas que não são do nosso agrado.
é uma historia simples, que flui super bem.
Tânia Tanocas
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
4.5🌟
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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
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Tereeeza
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Boyne mě naprosto dostal příběhy Chlapec v pruhovaném pyžamu a Chlapec na vrcholu hory. Od Kromobyčejné pouti jsem čekala zase něco jiného a vůbec mě to nezklamalo. Útlá knížečka na jeden večer představuje příběh Barnabyho, který chytne za srdce. Chování rodičů mě dovádělo k šílenství, ale na druhou stranu se mi líbilo, k čemu to vedlo. Ukázalo se, že prostý dětský pohled někdy obsáhne vše, co je potřeba. A ten závěr.. John Boyne je výborný.
Gianclaudio
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(4.5⭐) Que libro del bien. Te hace sentir muchas emociones a la vez, pero más que nada alegría y tristeza.
Teresa
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Vicky N.
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
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Kirjapallo
Tämä on kyllä yksi omituisimmista lastenkirjoista mitä olen ikinä lukenut, enkä tällä kertaa tarkoita sitä pelkästään positiivisena asiana. Tuhahtelin älyttömyyksille monta kertaa lukemisen aikana... mutta toisaalta taidan olla ihan liian tosikko, kuten on jo monesti aiemminkin todettu.

Suosittelisin tätä kirjaa mielikuvitustaan kahlitsemattomille taiteilijaseikkailijoille. Hauskaa matkaa!
Mermaidka
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, my-home-library
Hodně jiná kniha, než bych od autora čekala. Taková pohádkově zvláštní, neobvyklá. Jak by řekli Barnabyho rodiče "nenormální" - i když, co je vlastně normální?
Mě nadchla a chytla za srdce, rozhodně byla čtivá, dobrodružně-napínavá.
Boyne se opět postaral o to, že napsal knihu, u které jednoduše nemůžete číst, že je určená jen pro děti/mládež nebo pro dospělé. Každý si v ní něco najde.
Je to lehké čtení, plné dobrodružství, útrap malého chlapce, a poznávání nových lidí. Všichni mají něco společn
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Nurhayati Ramlan
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-shelf, mg-love


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
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Nur Raihan
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After more than 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?
Adelaide Silva
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Que tipo de pai expulsa um filho de casa?
Só porque a tua versão de normal não é a mesma da versão normal das outras pessoas....
Uma história sobre diferenças e sobre ser diferente....
Um romance fantástico e divertido mas que nos leva a refletir.
Maitane
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
"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."
Hizatul Akmah
4.6/5 bc of how magnificent the whole story is. i really fond of reading children book like this which makes me thinking not as a grown up but as a human being.
Vojtěch
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, top-2018
Nemůžu jinak. John Boyne si za tento příběh těch pět hvězd zaslouží. Skvěle milé, dojemné, úsměvné čtení, které všem jasně říká, že je v pořádku být mimořádný a vymykat se normálu. Jinak nikdy nezažijete taková dobrodružství jako Barnaby.
AV Sheerio
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Zuzana Malá
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, rc_slovart
úžasný příběh :) zamilovala jsem si každičké dobrodružství Barnabyho <3

http://malousesvetknih.blogspot.cz/20...
Rachel Sh
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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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 ten novels for adults and five for young readers, as well as a collection of short stories.

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“(J)ust because your version of normal isn't the same as someone else's version doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with you.” 53 likes
“It is possible, you know, to drift off to an unknown world and find happiness there. Maybe even more happiness than you've ever known before.” 32 likes
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