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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  396 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Om dagen er Rune Rune, men om natten er Rune Brune - superhelten som ikke er redd for noen ting. Med pensel og brunmaling lister Brune seg ut. Og det er vel ikke Rune sin feil at Brune maler syklene til de store guttene i superhelt-timene?

Brune er en bok om vennskap, mot og om å ta igjen. Det er også en bok om å savne bestefaren sin, og om hvordan alt kan gå galt når super
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Hardcover, 130 pages
Published 2013 by Gyldendal
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Abigail
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle-Grade Readers Who Enjoy Stories of Contemporary Children Dealing With Tough Issues
Rusty, whose grandfather dies at the very beginning of Håkon Øvreås' story, must contend with this loss, and must face three older bullies in this children's novel, translated from the Norwegian. Although calm on the surface - when his father tells him that Grandpa has died, his reply is a simple "Okay," with no further comment - it is clear that there is much going on underneath the surface for Rusty, who begins to encounter (view spoiler), when he i ...more
Patricia Brandys
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book "Brune (Brown)" was written by Hakon Ovreas in 2013 in Norway. It was translated to English. It received the 2020 Batchelder Award that is given to books originally published in another country and translated to English. I was able to find the book at my local library but it was the second library I had to check.

Brune is about a young boy named Rusty who moves to a new city and learns that his grandfather has passed away. He is devastated by the news and is unsure of how to occupy himse
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Brown (My Alter Ego is a Super Hero book 1) by Håkon Øvreås and Øyvind Torseter 128 pages. Enchanted Lion Books, 2019. $17.

Content: G.

BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ADVISABLE

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

Rusty is staying with his Aunt when his grandfather dies. She lets him take home a can of brown paint for the fort he and his friend Jack are building. But when they go to their fort in the woods, 3 bullies - the minister's son included - are pulling down their fort and chase Jack and Rusty away. That nig
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Susie
Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't really work for me; I've often enjoyed the Batchelder winners (Murderer's Ape is a favorite), but this was a bit too odd for me. I was bothered by the (mis)placing of blame, the somewhat sinister minister, and some of the interactions between Rusty and his parents. Yes, in a time of grief things could be strained, but they were blaming or suspecting him without realizing his trauma from his grandfather's death and the three boys. There were also some things lost in translation: the floodl ...more
Kris
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EricaK
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hakon Ovreas’ illustrated chapter book “Brown” is a 2020 Mildred L. Batchelder Award winner from Norway, and it is the first book in a series in which the protagonist, an eight year-old boy named Rusty, is the new kid in town whose grandfather has just died. While his parents are distracted with finalizing funeral details, a superhero movie on TV inspires Rusty to become a self-proclaimed superhero himself so he can wreak revenge against three ruffians who started tormenting him. Dressed in brow ...more
Adam
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brown was originally written in Norwegian and translated into English by Kari Dickson. I loved this book so much. The story is great, but the illustrations are what really brings it to life. The cartoonish style of the pictures made me experience this book as if I were a child, constantly imagining things as they unfold. The story follows Ra young boy named Rusty and his alter-ego “Brown,” a crime-fighting superhero whose superpower consists of painting things brown. Colors play a large part in ...more
Lisa
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rusty is staying with his Aunt when his grandfather dies. She lets him take home a can of brown paint for the fort he and his friend Jack are building. But when they go to their fort in the woods, 3 bullies - the minister's son included - are pulling down their fort and chase Jack and Rusty away. That night, Rusty has an idea - dressed in brown with a brown cape, he becomes Brown - a super hero avenging wrongs - and he paints one of the bullies bikes with the brown paint. Rusty joins him the nex ...more
Judy Wollin
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rusty’s grandfather has died. Rusty loved Him but he’s not sad. Rusty stays with his Aunt while Mum and Dad sort out the hospital ‘practicalities’. Rusty is given his grandfather’s broken pocket watch.
Rusty and his friend jack have built a fort. Three older boys are wrecking it. Rusty tells them to stop and they give chase. He races to Lou’s house and hides there. Lou is curious about why the boys are chasing Rusty.
At home things are sad. Mum cries and Dad is tired. In the middle of this Rusty w
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Melissa
Charming short book perfect for emerging chapter book readers. Similar in feel to Harry Miller’s Run and The Runaways.
Rusty and his friend Jack have built a fort. Unfortunately the minister’s son and his two nasty friends delight in wrecking it. Rusty takes refuge in his friend Lou’s house and gains guidance from visits with the spirit of his recently deceased grandfather. There is a convincing atmosphere of grief, Rusty’s mom is clearly hit hard by her dad’s death and Rusty feels the loss of h
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Mandy
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Middle grade illustrated fiction. This story is translated from the Norwegian, so I was curious before I even realized that it was this year's Batchelder award-winner book (recognizing excellence in translated literature). Rusty is a young boy who recently moved to the area to be closer to his grandfather. However his grandfather passes away. Rusty doesn't seem to be affected by his grandfather's death, but he is working through it in his own way. When a group of older boys start picking on Rust ...more
Jim Erekson
Sep 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I just kept chuckling about the decision to make a superhero simply called "Brown". It doesn't translate well, and the other translated titles (German, Dutch, Spanish) aren't nearly as hilarious. The English translation by Kari Dickson is just called "Brown". If it had to be brought closer to superhero usage, maybe "The Brown Avenger" could work, but it loses some of the subtlety. Love the naturalness of these kids. See the other 2 in the series, and reviews.

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Chris Hays
There is a lot to love about this book. I think one of the biggest wins is that the protagonist acts like a child and is easily related to children with his thought process. That said, I would take care to know that Rusty does not always make the best choices. This includes not telling the truth to his parents. I feel some might be turned off by this, yet for me it offers a perfect perspective for students. The book does not hide the challenging issue of death of a grandpa as it drives some of t ...more
Lauren
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because it won this year’s Mildred Batchelder award, and I was not disappointed. This is an absolutely fantastic chapter book for early elementary kids. The tough topics of grief and loneliness are handled here with humor and imagination, accompanied by charming illustrations. Kids will want to go build a fort, dress up like a superhero and fight injustice after reading this, and maybe make some new friends too. I loved how realistically weird (turns out that is a thing!) t ...more
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In Brown, a spare, quirky, satisfying book for middle grade readers, we meet Rusty, aka superhero Brown, at a rocky time in his life. His grandfather dies soon after his family moves to be nearby. A group of three bullies—including the minister’s son—destroy the fort that Rusty and his friend Jack have been building. Rusty only evades the three bullies by hiding at the house of his other friend, Lou. The bullies come to Rusty’s house… and so things continue...
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Kim
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this author's style. The idea of transforming into a superhero in order to cope with bullies and the death of a beloved family member is possible the most relatable thing I've ever read. The fact that Brown's (Rusty's) superpower is painting things brown is really satisfying for reasons I can't explain. Brown is soon joined in superhero-dom by Black and Blue, aka his friends Jack and Lou, and the shenanigans start getting out of hand. The book resolves nicely, but, in my case at least, le ...more
Heidi Burkhart
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death and bullying are the two predominant themes in this very endearing little book written by Hakon Ovreas from Norway. The story is told with charm and simplicity and would make a great choice for students from Gr 3-7.

This title was the winner of the Batchelder Award this year (2020).

Highly recommended
Teresa
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Nell
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this in English, translated by Kari Dickson. Rusty and his friends Jack and Lou get up to all kinds of mischief in an effort to thwart some neighborhood bullies. Rusty's grandfather also plays a neat role in the story. Really good book. ...more
Melody
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fiction
Really pretty book.
Translated from Norwegian, a different sort of story.
Death of grandfather; friendship with kids his age; and bullying by older, bigger boys who end up getting in trouble for painting rude words on a church.
I liked the story, and the book itself.

Won the 2020 Batchelder Medal.
Heidi
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My boys and I read this book as part of the Vesterheim Museum's Family Book Adventure.
They're ages 5 and 7 and we really enjoyed this book - especially the parts about friendship and forts and tricking the bullies. The death of the grandfather (not a spoiler) went over their heads a little bit.
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Ellen
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-midgr-8-12yo
A nice story for any reader, and especially the child coming to terms with the loss of a grandparent.
Pat
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a completely charming book! It's always a relief when the bullies in a story get their come-uppance and when beloved relatives keep living even after death. ...more
DaNae
Let's say your bullies are a little too much for you, your own puny self, to take on - never fear, there just may be a superhero lurking about that will take care of business. ...more
Katherine
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute.
Kennedy Baydo
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a book about a superhero youth. This book is now found in many languages. This is a great book that can be shared between many people.
Stacey
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Rusty takes on alter ego of Brown, super hero, to defend himself against bullies. He chooses to paint the bullies’ bikes brown.
Andréa
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
Ashley
Jun 28, 2022 rated it liked it
Originally from Norway and translated to English. A quirky story.
Elizabeth Schwertfuehrer
2020 Mildred L Batchelder award winner
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