I’ve spent my long weekend reading lots of books, but my favourite one has been Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne, the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. It is a really magical story and I didn’t want it to end.
Noah Barleywater is 8 years old and has decided to run away from home. Although he’s the 7th smartest person in his class he doesn’t feel like he has achieved anything and wants to go off on an adventure. But the further he gets from home, the stranger the people and places become, until he finds himself standing in front of a toy shop in the middle of the forest. The shop is filled with all sorts of wooden toys, but especially puppets, and is run by an old man who tells Noah his story.
This is a very special story and one that I will remember for a long time. As soon as I’d finished I wanted to go back and read it from the start. It reminded me of Alice in Wonderland because of the quirky characters and the strange things that they say and do. I recommend Noah Barleywater Runs Away for anyone and everyone. It’s a great book to read yourself or for someone to read to you. 10 out of 10