Noah Barleywater Runs Away

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How did I get it?:
A present from my sister!

Synopsis:

Noah is running away from his problems the day he takes the untrodden path through the forest – or at least that’s what he thinks. When he comes across a very unusual toyshop and meets the even more unusual toymaker, he’s not sure what to expect. But the toymaker has a story to tell, a story full of adventure, wonder and broken promises. And Noah travels with him on a journey that will change his life for ever.

A thought-provoking fable from the author of the bestselling Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Thoughts:

I picked up this book at Hay Festival early this year. To be honest, John Boyne is one of the authors that I automatically buy when I see a book of his. I just adore his writing. Noah Barleywater Runs Away is a lovely piece of children’s literature, which I also think adults could enjoy.

Noah Barleywater Runs away, is a strange, quirky little book. I wasn’t sure what to make of it when I first started it. The story begins with Noah running away from home, at eight years old because he’s searching for adventures. He believes that he hasn’t achieved enough in his life, so he goes in search for better things. Noah has odd encounters in little villages and when he arrives at a strange toy shop. Noah is surrounded by wooden toys and puppets. He meets an old toymaker, who starts to tell Noah about his life, resulting in the toymaker extracting from Noah the real reason why Noah has run away.

The story is quirky as I mentioned. It has an Alice in Wonderland vibe. I think it’s a hard book to try and put an age range on. It has moments of humour that I think adults would enjoy and would fly right over the heads of younger readers. Yet, it’s an imaginative, fun read. The story is tied up well and John Boyne, yet again, has carefully portrayed the voice of an innocent little boy.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
Rhymes With Cupid- Anna Humphrey

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