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.
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With goodly dollops of magic and wonderful surrealism, it has a fable-like quality. If they like magical stories, and if they like to deal with serious issues in a metaphorical way, they will love this sweet, funny and kindly book. I certainly did - The Bookbag
This delightful, bittersweet 'fairytale' is a flight of fantasy with playful use of language and a joy from start to finish. Noah's heartbreaking emotional journey is lightened by a rich vein of absurd humour and eccentric characters - Daily Mail
Destined to become something of a children's classic - Mail On Sunday
It's inventive, wily, twisty . . . Noah Barleywater Runs Away is a carefully crafted whimsical gem, a story to share with others and to discuss at book clubs, a true publishing event - Irish Independent
Boyne has interesting things to say about identity, self knowledge and how we cope with life's travails and the book really does benefit from a second reading. Oliver Jeffers has produced beautiful cover artwork and his line drawings are suitably enigmatic helping to make this both an attractive and desirable package - The School Librarian
Beautiful, haunting and a book that can be enjoyed by adults - Norwich Evening News
Noah is eight and it is certainly a story eight-year-olds could read but its appeal is to a much wider age range - Carousel
With illustations throughout from Oliver Jeffers, this is a beautiful and wonderfully written fairytale. Poignant, fantastical and charming - Sunday Business Post
An unusual, poignant story - Primary Times
A moving, gently humorous novel - Editor's Choice
When Noah Barleywater ran away, I went with him - Waterstones Books Quarterly
A story of great subtlety, imagination and compassion . . . Boyne succeeds because he set out to write a great book which could be enjoyed by children, and naturally, as with all great books, by adults also - Sunday Business Post (Eire)
John Boyne was born in Ireland and is the author of six novels for adults. His first novel for children, TheBoy In The Striped Pyjamas, won two Irish Book Awards, was shortlisted for the British Book Award and was made into a film. His novels are published in over 40 languages.
Oliver Jeffers is an internationally acclaimed author/ illustrator. His first picture book, How to Catch a Star was published in 2004 and since then he has created a further five picture books to much critical acclaim. He has won the Irish Book Award (where he first met John), the Blue Peter Book of the Year and the Nestle Children's Book Prize as well as a host of shortlistings, including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal.