The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket

Book review by Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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age 8+

Well-intentioned tale of floating boy celebrates diversity.

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age 8+

Based on 1 review

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age 2+

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age 8+

A boy who was proud to be different than anybody else

A boy named Barnaby Brocket who was rejected by his parents. Barnaby struggles against his parents. Barnaby believes his family misses him on the other hand his parents believes they're better off without him. The lesson learned from this book is life will except you no matter how different you are. This book was good because it shows you how other people will reject you how different you are, but other people will accept you for who you are. I would recommend this book for people age 8 and up because in this book it shows you how society will judge you on the outside, but not change who you are in the inside. Examples from the book are Barnaby getting rejected by his parents for not being a normal kid, finding other people like him, traveling across the world to get back home, and accepting who he is. I rate this book five stars because there were a lot of sad or happy moments that made you think about yourself and your life whether you accept or reject who you are.

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