Noah Barleywater Runs Away

Noah Barleywater Runs Away


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Noah Barleywater Runs Away 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Valca85 More than 1 year ago
I received this book for free as a galley. It's a children's book and I don't usually read stories meant for such a young audience, but I am so glad I made an exception for this one. It was beautiful. The main point of the story is to make a child understand and cope with death, a difficult subject to say the least. The writing is spectacular, fresh enough to captivate young audiences, but ripe with meaning for adults to also enjoy. The world and the cast of characters that he creates, among them a talking daschund and a donkey who is always hungry, is so special the reader feels a bit sad to have to leave it behind when the book ends. Noah, the main character, is a perceptive child, sensitive and he feels the change that's about to come in his life with the death of his loved one. His whole adventure is handled with such tenderness and care that I think this is one book I'll be rereading. I highly recommend this book for children, teens, and adults.
thewanderingjew More than 1 year ago
The book is described as a fairy tale. In the end, you will realize that the story is the sensitively, retold tale of a wonderful, imaginary character. It is told with subtle humor and simple truths and the conclusion will surprise you. Noah Barleywater is a child who has to face problems beyond his years. To escape his fears, he decides to run away and have adventures. He is leaving his loved ones behind and is running from the problems that he doesn't want to face. As he passes through successive towns, each with different magical experiences such as talking trees and animals, he is sometimes amazed and sometimes frightened. There are doors that move and speak, floors that shift and stairs that appear and disappear. When Noah reaches a village with an unusual tree and an odd-looking house he decides to explore it. He enters the strangely shaped house and discovers that it is a toy shop. Suddenly, from out of nowhere, a gentle old man appears. He is the toymaker and he invites the very hungry Noah, to have some lunch. Soon, Noah spies a wooden chest filled with puppets. He asks the toymaker to explain what each one signifies. As the toymaker tells the story of each puppet, we learn, through his memories, of the challenges he faced in life and how he dealt with them successfully in some cases, but in others he explains why he feels deep remorse for how things turned out. Many issues are confronted such as friendship, bullying, loss, broken and fulfilled promises, cruelty and compassion, thoughtfulness and thoughtlessness, rudeness and good manners, being careful what you wish for, dreams and nightmares, illness, aging, loneliness, love, fear, family, risk taking, following and disobeying rules and shared joy with friends and family. It might seem like too many for one book to handle but they are dealt with so deftly that they are easy to comprehend and manage. Simple explanations prevent them from becoming too much for the reader. I chuckled as I read along, smiling at the innocent descriptions which formed images in my mind, almost as if the eight year old Noah, was whispering in my ear. I found myself understanding the simple concepts presented and realizing that young readers will have moments when they simply think, "aha" so that is how I should deal with that kind of a when you are on a train and someone is talking too loud, you simply ignore them rather than make a scene by getting angry, or doing something kind for someone even though you would really rather be doing something else, because it is the right thing to do. The book is filled with these kinds of object lessons and they seem to occur very naturally without becoming too numerous or too unwieldy. The simple drawings appear to be made by a young child about the same age as Noah. They perfectly complement this entertaining story about a child who learns to face his worst fears. Although the story deals with a dreadfully, difficult problem, facing the death of a parent, that message does not come across as too overwhelming because the message we get, is really that we have to explore life, while we live it, and appreciate the moment with those we love, rather than dread what comes after it. The subject matter is very heavy, but it leaves us with hope because it also provides a philosophy to use to face life's most awful difficulties.
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
Noah Barleywater is like many of us. When things get too tough to face, we want to run away from them. Noah is only eight years old when he decides to run away leaving his mom and dad. He is not very prepared for what the world has in store for him. By the time he has gone two towns over and through the woods, he is experiencing a touch of doubt and a rather large hunger. Guided by a talking donkey and an equally loquacious dachshund, he finds a ramshackle cottage that doubles as a toy store. Noah is at first nervous when he meets the old man who owns the shop. It doesn't take long to see that the shop is full of many unexpected surprises included talking clocks and walking doors. Noah is most intrigued by a chest full of puppets that were carved by the old man's father. The tale behind the puppets recounts the life of the old man when he was a young lad. It is a story that Noah finds has many lessons which can be applied to his own life. The book is very charming. The lessons Noah learns will have a heartfelt meaning for many children. Younger readers may miss some of the subtleties of the tale, but young and old will relate to the revelations at the end of this captivating story. This book provided for review by the well read folks at David Fickling Books and Random House Children's Books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorites it is exiting and sad i would recomend it to anyone!
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Alicia Burns More than 1 year ago
Its a great reading tool but froze 2 in 45 minutes...otherwise amazing!!
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One of my friends says it's weird and stupid and my other friend says it's amazing! GRRRRRRRRRRRRR
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