The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket / by John Boyne

Sunday 15 June 2014
by  Antoine
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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 feet on the ground - but he just can’t do it. One fateful day, the Brockets decide enough is enough. They never asked for a weird, abnormal, floating child. Barnaby has to go . . .

I particularly enjoyed Oliver Jeffers’ illustrations and definitely loved the book: it is very different from "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" (I also liked that book by John Boyne, an Irish writer).

Barnaby is really cool and light and I had several nice evenings in his company, all aound the world (almost)...

"The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket" is a wonderful book, encouraging us to love who we are, where we come from, and not to judge others!