The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair
All Becket wants is for his family to be whole again. But standing in his way are two things: 1) his dad, his brother and him seem to have run away from home in the middle of the night and 2) Becket’s mum died before he got the chance to say goodbye to her. Arming himself with an armchair of stories, a snail named Brian and one thousand paper cranes, Becket ploughs on, det...more
I'm not sure what grabbed my attention first when I saw this book, perhaps it was the enchanting title or perhaps the cover that promised me a heartwarming, endearing story or the synopsis that drew me in immediately. Or perhaps it was all three. All I know was that I was beyond excited for this book and my heightened expectations were met and even exceeded. The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair was part heartbreaking, part whimsical and fully and completely breathtaking.
The Boy Who ...more
Lara Williamson writes quiet stories with a BIG VOICE! Her main characters are so unique they practically explode out of the book. In this book we meet Becket Rumsey, whose voice is heartwarming, poignant at times, yet also extremely funny. His brother, Billy and his pet snail, are brilliantly written characters too. You find yourself wanting to hug them all.
I absolutely adore the way that Lara writes. In fact, her comical voice is so unique ...more
Becket and Billy miss Pearl and decide to try and investigate. Well-meaning though their actions are, they inadvertently end up causing more trouble.
Settling into a new school is toug ...more
Becket Rumsey and his little brother Billy and his pet snail Brian start to investigate as soon as their father had taken them away in the middle of the night, without their almost to step mum Pearl who didn’t know anything about it. Without any explanation from their father, Becket, Billy and Brian are left in the dark, so they create “SNOOP” – Secret Network of Observations, Operations, and Probing. A secret spy organization they created to figure out why the moved and to get back Pe ...more
Billy has a pet snail called Brian. Brian gets up to mis ...more
5 🌟 doesn’t come easy.
This book had sat on my shelf for quite a long time, and I never really knew when I would get round to reading it. When I did pick it up I didn’t really put it down again... apart from when I went to sleep!
If you have suffered a loss or a trauma or grief in your life, then Becket and little Billy are easily identifiable characters. For me, it was my Grandma, and even though I was older than Becket when it happened, his fear and regret reminded my so closely to my ...more
This book covers a topic that is rarely addressed in children's literature (Spoiler Alert): spousal abuse when the abuser is the female in t ...more
Having said that the serious message in the book and the ending (which wasnt what i thought the reason would be) was very good. good to see that an adult doesnt expect the twists and turns.
always wanted to read ...more
It's never easy for anyone let alone a child.
An insight into how two young boys try to help their Dad mend his relationship with his girlfriend. Unbeknownst to them their Dad had moved them away in a rush to protect them but more importantly to protect himself.
Domestic violence is a real issue for men too, however this is rarely touched upon.
The main focus is how Becket ( the main character) tries to say Goodbye. To a Mum; who died giving birth to his brother; and how he learn ...more
I didn't know this was (among other things) about a boy grieving the dead of a parent, so, as I can relate to that, this book broke my heart but it also healed it. I wish I've found this book sooner. ...more