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Davey is the new boy in class and Sam can't stand him. He thinks Davey is a Grade A moron. But when the two are thrown together Sam discovers that Davey's eccentric way of looking at the world makes life a lot more fun. Until the day something terrible happens... A funny and sad story, told completely in verse.


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Davey is the new boy in class and Sam can't stand him. He thinks Davey is a Grade A moron. But when the two are thrown together Sam discovers that Davey's eccentric way of looking at the world makes life a lot more fun. Until the day something terrible happens... A funny and sad story, told completely in verse.

30 review for Cloud Busting: Puffin Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Holder

    An incredibly powerful verse novel where each chapter is written using a different style of poetry. Beautiful and heartbreaking. Wonderful PHSE links. Would be a great read aloud for UKS2 and would link well to National Poetry Day or Anti-bullying week.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Les McFarlane

    Don't quite know why I haven't read this before. However, I'm really glad I came across it on a bookshelf in a classroom. Such a clever way to tell a story. Malorie Blackman has used different types of poetry to write a surprisingly touching story of friendship, bullying and a different way of looking at the world. Can't really talk about the story without revealing way it pans out. Suffice to say I really liked it. A cleverly woven tale that unfolds beautifully ( and devastatingly ) amongst the p Don't quite know why I haven't read this before. However, I'm really glad I came across it on a bookshelf in a classroom. Such a clever way to tell a story. Malorie Blackman has used different types of poetry to write a surprisingly touching story of friendship, bullying and a different way of looking at the world. Can't really talk about the story without revealing way it pans out. Suffice to say I really liked it. A cleverly woven tale that unfolds beautifully ( and devastatingly ) amongst the poetry.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Labbett

    A moving story of bullying, complex friendships and power of peer pressure in causing misguided decisions. This is one of the first novels in verse that I have ever read and an extremely powerful one at that. Stepping away from any standard form of verse was so powerful in depicting the conflicting emotions experienced by the protagonist. A very interesting and valuable experience to watch the events unfold from an often unheard perspective.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rosie Mulholland

    This novel is told through verse, with a variety of different poetry types and techniques. I love that Chapter Three’s poetry type is linked to the content, where Mr Mackie is teaching the class about haikus and the whole chapter is written using the 5-7-5 syllable formatting of a haiku. I also like that Chapter 6 is written using shape poetry, again reflecting the words. This text follows the relationship of Sam and Davey, where they have a complex friendship. The text considers themes such as f This novel is told through verse, with a variety of different poetry types and techniques. I love that Chapter Three’s poetry type is linked to the content, where Mr Mackie is teaching the class about haikus and the whole chapter is written using the 5-7-5 syllable formatting of a haiku. I also like that Chapter 6 is written using shape poetry, again reflecting the words. This text follows the relationship of Sam and Davey, where they have a complex friendship. The text considers themes such as friendship and kindness, but also of bullying. It also considers issues such as allergies and could help children to recognise the seriousness of allergies and also raise awareness on what to do if someone suffers from a reaction, as I feel there will always be at least one child in a school who may require an epi-pen. This text would be great to use for exploring poetry and the various types and techniques. It would also act as a useful tool when discussing bullying in PSHE or during Anti-Bullying week.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I stumbled across this book by accident. Someone had mentioned that Malorie Blackman was a good author to try and this was the only book on the school bookshelf at the time. What a read!! If you like Sharon Creech (Love that dog. Hat that cat) you will enjoy this, but even so this book has so much more. It is hard to define as a poem / novel but it covers issues of bullying, being new in school and many aspects of friendship and trust. It could be used for PHSE sessions but I have read it out lou I stumbled across this book by accident. Someone had mentioned that Malorie Blackman was a good author to try and this was the only book on the school bookshelf at the time. What a read!! If you like Sharon Creech (Love that dog. Hat that cat) you will enjoy this, but even so this book has so much more. It is hard to define as a poem / novel but it covers issues of bullying, being new in school and many aspects of friendship and trust. It could be used for PHSE sessions but I have read it out loud to 3 different year 5 / 6 classes and they all got engrossed in the plot beyond the poetry. It was also noticeable that the boys in particular wanted to know more about what would happen next. - Result!! I cannot praise this book highly enough and would encourage all to give it a try.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    This is a powerful book written in a range of styles of poetry and telling the unfolding story of a boy whose whole outlook on life is changed by his brief friendship with a boy who was very different. A lovely book for exploring many ideas both to do with text - what makes a novel? what makes a poem? - and identity and friendship. The narrator ends up in a completely different place at the end of the nine months and through it challenges all sorts of concepts of what is of interest and value in This is a powerful book written in a range of styles of poetry and telling the unfolding story of a boy whose whole outlook on life is changed by his brief friendship with a boy who was very different. A lovely book for exploring many ideas both to do with text - what makes a novel? what makes a poem? - and identity and friendship. The narrator ends up in a completely different place at the end of the nine months and through it challenges all sorts of concepts of what is of interest and value in life, what does it mean to see things differently. All in all, a deep and thought-provoking read. Could be coupled along with 'Love my dog' by Sharon Creech which is another story told through poetry, albeit structured on specific poems.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Hickey

    This book came as a recommendation from a year four teacher. It did not disappoint. The poems are really well thought through and demonstrate different types of poems clearly. There are also morals which are touched upon within this story such as forgiveness and about bullying. I would love to read this to a class of children and see what their thoughts and feelings are on the different characters and the storyline.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    Cloud Busting is a captivating story about one of the harshest aspects of school life for many children – the painful, destructive act of bullying. This story features Sam, the bully and Davey, his victim as the main characters. As is the case in most such situations, Sam is not short of supporters and Davey’s suffering is the sort that would tug at many hearts. This is very much a tale of emotions: pain, fear, confidence at both extremes of the spectrum, the blush of a schoolboy crush and - aft Cloud Busting is a captivating story about one of the harshest aspects of school life for many children – the painful, destructive act of bullying. This story features Sam, the bully and Davey, his victim as the main characters. As is the case in most such situations, Sam is not short of supporters and Davey’s suffering is the sort that would tug at many hearts. This is very much a tale of emotions: pain, fear, confidence at both extremes of the spectrum, the blush of a schoolboy crush and - after a period of reflection induced by a potentially life threatening incident - finally, regret on the bully’s part. A gripping, touching story by any measure, however, what I found most fascinating about this book, was its superbly creative presentation. The entire story is told through poetry – poetry of various types that seamlessly flow into each other. The unusual form is very obvious, yet not at all distracting as the strong story line urges the reader on. The simple vocabulary, including some ‘slang’ would serve well to distract poetry-averse readers from the fact that this story is an anthology of poems. Further, Blackman has very creatively utilised one of the poems in the book to demonstrate how teachers can transform poetry-averse children into enthusiastic budding poets. In this particular poem, Mr McKee, a teacher who is clearly passionate about the subject of poetry seized and capitalised on a teaching moment, and drawing upon the children’s experiences of rap and pop music, was able to ignite in them a desire to write poetry. Cloud Busting, in my humble opinion, is a perfect tool for ‘busting’ children’s misconceptions of poetry as ‘boring’ and ‘for old people’ while vividly yet sensitively addressing the issue of bullying.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elishia

    Malorie Blackman tells the story of a young boy, Sam who finds it hard to admit his friendship with the new boy Davey in his class. He pretends that he doesn’t like him, picks on him and stands back while others do the same. Davey thinks differently to anyone Sam knows, he see’s things quite unconventionally. One day a serious incident at school causes Sam to realise just how important Davey really is to him as a friend. Davey however, feels he only has one choice and that is to conform to what Malorie Blackman tells the story of a young boy, Sam who finds it hard to admit his friendship with the new boy Davey in his class. He pretends that he doesn’t like him, picks on him and stands back while others do the same. Davey thinks differently to anyone Sam knows, he see’s things quite unconventionally. One day a serious incident at school causes Sam to realise just how important Davey really is to him as a friend. Davey however, feels he only has one choice and that is to conform to what others would like him to be. Sam wants the old Davey back, until one day Davey moves away for good and Sam is left feeling like the odd one out. This story deals with sensitive issues such as bullying and exclusion, and explores some of the feelings behind such acts. It looks at friendship, the beauty of accepting people’s differences and how those differences can serve to enrich a person’s character. I think this book would be suitable for KS2, years 4/5. Cloud Busting is written entirely in poetry form, from haikus to limerick. In the afterword, Malorie Blackman explains a bit about her love for poetry and her reasons behind writing the book in this format. I think it could encourage children of this age to consider exploring poetry further.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Charly

    I chose to read this book because I was intrigued by the poetry format and I always seek profound and emotional children's novels! However when I started this book I struggled as poetry is something I am not entirely confident with unless its the traditional rhyming and rhythmical pattern. But this book isn't like that- each 'chapter' is a different style. I found it very difficult at first as I wasn't sure if I was reading it right, how do you know how you're supposed to read it? What if I miss I chose to read this book because I was intrigued by the poetry format and I always seek profound and emotional children's novels! However when I started this book I struggled as poetry is something I am not entirely confident with unless its the traditional rhyming and rhythmical pattern. But this book isn't like that- each 'chapter' is a different style. I found it very difficult at first as I wasn't sure if I was reading it right, how do you know how you're supposed to read it? What if I miss something because I can't decipher the rhythm or flow? But quickly I got in to it and became less focussed on the poetry and more with the storytelling. A beautiful story of childhood friendships, bullying and regret. Characterisation is done beautifully and portrayed through the use of speech and language used by the characters. I would love to use this in class with KS2 children, it would make a great class book and lead to lots of writing frameworks, PSHE concepts, and storytelling. My only criticism is it's just not long enough; I wanted more of the story - it does feel a bit 'half done'.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Akua D

    Cloud Busting is about a boy called Sam who was bullying a boy in his class. The book explores why Sam started to bully his classmate and how this affected the boy who was being bullied. Through his actions he in turn became bullied and understood how Tim felt. What I enjoy about this book is that all of it tells the story through chapters of poetry. It uses different types of poetic methods and techniques. Malorie Blackman was able to incorporate the characters development of poetry into the st Cloud Busting is about a boy called Sam who was bullying a boy in his class. The book explores why Sam started to bully his classmate and how this affected the boy who was being bullied. Through his actions he in turn became bullied and understood how Tim felt. What I enjoy about this book is that all of it tells the story through chapters of poetry. It uses different types of poetic methods and techniques. Malorie Blackman was able to incorporate the characters development of poetry into the story. This will be useful to children who are developing their poetry techniques in English, by having relatable characters and different use of poetry. This book is suitable for KS2 pupils who have already started using poetry and are aware of the different poetic techniques. This book can be used to support English and PSHE/Citizenship. This is Definitely a book that I would use with a future class.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Don't be a bully. Read this book and cry instead. Then get bullied. But don't give a shit because bullies are pants.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Leena Almashat

    Eeeew! I HATE poems! But WOOOOW! I loved that one! =D so sad! =(

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nouf Alfadl

    This book is one of the most amazing books I have ever read in my life!! and btw, i don't mind reading it zillion times!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Faye Ulph

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What a clever idea of telling a story through poetry ! Loved how you had the ‘bully’ telling the story- very interesting to hear how he wanted to be friends with Davey deep down but he wanted this to be kept secret ! When really Davey turned out to be the bestest friend he had ever had who taught him how to see the world differently - more beautiful and exciting then he had done before! It’s a perfect story to remind us of how differences should be celebrated! It reminded me a lot of when I work What a clever idea of telling a story through poetry ! Loved how you had the ‘bully’ telling the story- very interesting to hear how he wanted to be friends with Davey deep down but he wanted this to be kept secret ! When really Davey turned out to be the bestest friend he had ever had who taught him how to see the world differently - more beautiful and exciting then he had done before! It’s a perfect story to remind us of how differences should be celebrated! It reminded me a lot of when I worked with students with autism and how they were a breath of fresh air to me and got me to look at the world more closely !!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Humayrah

    I read it once a few years ago, and then recently I managed to snag a copy in the library again. I'm not one for rereading, but this book highly deserved one My tastes incline more towards prose - and most poems fly over my head. This book was very different. I've got a cousin who never reads, and when I offered it to her, most unexpectedly she finished it right in front of me. The ending left a bittersweet taste in my mouth. Not a book I expected to affect me as profoundly as it did. Brilliant.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Phoebe

    I was given a challenge to read 20 books (I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before) but they were all different styles. One of these styles was a poetry book. I had recently been tidying out my classroom bookshelf and came across a Malorie Blackman book. I have also been reading the noughts and crosses series and was a big fan. I decided to give a go, but it was left unread for weeks. Eventually I decided to give it a go. It had a lovely touch but seemed a bit unclear and slow at some points but I was given a challenge to read 20 books (I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before) but they were all different styles. One of these styles was a poetry book. I had recently been tidying out my classroom bookshelf and came across a Malorie Blackman book. I have also been reading the noughts and crosses series and was a big fan. I decided to give a go, but it was left unread for weeks. Eventually I decided to give it a go. It had a lovely touch but seemed a bit unclear and slow at some points but other than that, a lovely read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Becky Allen

    A really interesting book as it is all written in various forms of poetry. This would make a wonderful book to discuss in class and use as inspiration for creating poetry or writing stories with unusual formats. As the theme of the books is bullying and friendship it would also provide relevant discussions of the topic. Personally I wasn’t excited by this book as the story itself is not complex but it’s structure is so interesting it would be great fun to explore with a class.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Seawood

    A novel in verse! Somehow I wasn't expecting that when I picked it up. I liked it much more than I expected; it had an innocent feel to it despite the subject matter. I can see why teachers like it so much, it's a great book to use for PSHE about friendship and bullying, and should be on every pastoral lead's radar. It's one of those books that could engage a whole class because pretty much all abilities should able to access it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I AM GOING TO TEACH NEXT YEAR - 5* If you're a child, pick this up. If you're an adult, pick this up. I'm imcredibly emotional because honestly I love this book. This book was chosen as my resistance text. A resistance text is either supposed to be difficult to understand or a completely different structure. Blackman, you are a genius!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas

    An amazing story told through various poetic styles. I loved the variety in this book. In addition to this, it still tells a fantastic and meaningful story. There is a lot to unpick here. I will be reading this with my class.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maryam Sabbar

    I enjoyed the various forms of poetry used in this book and the fact Malorie Blackman didn’t keep to one specific structure. The book looks at friendship, bullying and reflection and would be a good read for KS2.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Evans

    Great book telling a story of friendship, bullying and loss (of friends) where every chapter is written in a different poetry prose style. Great for showing types of poetry and how style can be used to vary writing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rosy

    A narrative written entirely through poems. I enjoyed the emotions the poems built using line breaks, length and rhythm. A book deserving of being read by school age children for the style, the love of poetry and the themes. Although adults can get a lot out of it too!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julian Velez

    This book is about this kid who get's bullied for being different than the others. I really liked it because throughout the book people start to stop bullying him and realized what they've done is really bad.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gail Wylde

    A moving and powerful story told through various types of poetry. Trying to reduce the number of children’s books in my shelves but this one is going straight back on ready for my grandchildren to read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kael

    This was sad. I loved that it was made up of poems.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aruna Kumar Gadepalli

    A touching book, narrator in verse talks about his friend. Really enjoyed reading.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emma Vardy

    What a beautiful moving book. Makes you think about the impact people have on you and how your actions impact on others.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    I loved this book. Such a quick read with an amazing, heartbreaking message about friendships and being different. Thank you Malorie Blackman!

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