This summer’s Big Read has been “The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket” by John Boyne (The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas). The aim of The Big Read is to get as many members of the college community to read the same book and then talk about it in and around college. This helps develop reading form pleasure as word of mouth is often the best way to stimulate interest.
“The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket” is a light-hearted, warm and imaginative story which has wide appeal across different age groups and gender. It is about a young boy who is very different and has to face the challenges in life that come with being so different. Barnaby meets lots of “different” characters on his journey and the book makes the reader question what “normal” actually means.
“There’s nothing unusual about the Brockets.
Boring, 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, he defies the laws of gravity – and FLOATS.
On day, the Brockets decide enough is enough. They never asked for a weird, abnormal, floating child. Barnaby has to go …”