The Terrible thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne. Illus. Oliver Jeffers
This is a tall story about being different for primary and intermediate school students and it would make a great read-a-loud .
Alistair and Eleanor met at the law firm of Bother and Blastit. They were attracted to each other as both were completely obsessed at being normal, what ever that may mean? This is the main theme of this novel, normality!!
They marry, have a boy and a girl, settle in Sydney, everything normal and out of the human eye. They are happy. Then along comes Barnaby. From the first seconds after birth he began to float upwards, he defies gravity. The Brockets are horrified. How dare their son be different, how dare he attract attention to himself. As if he can help it of course!
When Barnaby is 8 years old his mother takes him to Sydney Heads and lets him go. He floats upward to the most amazing around the world adventures from Brazil, New York and even inner space.
Barnaby learns a lot about difference and the ending is just perfect as are Oliver Jeffers understated illustrations.