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I read this with two of my daughters, aged 10 and 12. We all loved it. Although it's fairly short, the characters are so perfectly drawn, and the atmosphere so moving. It felt very 'real', despite embracing some fantastical and mind blowing concepts. It might play with these complex scientific theories, but this is never at the expense of character. We laughed and we cried. I love that a book about a boy losing his mum can be so warm and lovely. We see that Albie is the person he is because of his mum, and it's incredibly touching when we see him gather what he needs to know to move on, and help his dad move on too. Special shout out for the Clackthorpe Museum of Natural History and Mechanical Wonders. We loved it!
I'm getting requests for The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day now!
I have just finished reading this wonderful story with my 9 year old son after my 11 year old daughter recommended doing so. It is such a beautiful, heartwarming tale. It’s sad in all the right ways. Whilst exeedingly deep I’m meaning it’s told simply and clearly. High end concepts are explained in a way that makes the reader feel clever when, of course, it’s really the writer. My eyes did not stay dry. My son’s did but he’s a bit tougher!
This is the best book I have read in years (and, as a year 6 teacher with a bit of an appetite for children's books, I've read a fair few).
I LOVED Albie and was gripped as his experiment played out. Quantum Banana Theory has to be my favourite scientific breakthrough of all time! I was kept on the edge of my seat, never sure what would happen next. The story was an amazing tale of loss, love and letting go which had me weeping and laughing in equal measure (though I was crying significantly more at the end!) - it really got to me!
I'd recommend this book very highly - both for children and adults. Get a copy!
I bought this for my granddaughter and decided to read it before giving to her. So glad I did. OK, so it's written for the children's market, but it is lovely to read a modern science fiction story, based on some scientific facts. It also deals with the loss of a parent in a gentle manner, without being cloying. There is a lovely reference to heaven near the end of the book that should appeal to all.
I saw this book on book tube and I said it really good and I was crying tears with Albie lost his mum And what I’ll be is going through It’s so brilliant for adults and children yeah why these books are for children it would be for adults as well, so brilliant and clever written thank you book tube
Christopher Edge has a knack for teaching you loads of strange and fascinating science while getting you lost in warm and funny stories. The Many Worlds of Albie Bright is no exception, as it's an intriguing look at parallel universes and a poignant, often hilarious story. Highly recommended.
I am 55 and my husband always says that children's books, the clever ones, are the best. So I heard of this in the Times and I am so glad I read it. My own mum died a few years ago so it bought up memories of that but I have worked for many years with children who are looked after lovingly by foster carers and think it could help them too. I went to a conference recently and in a survey the thing that worried children the most, above exams, was death. So many children have to manage this and loss in their lives. Such a happy story told in such a wonderful way for all ages. Thank you.
Wow! Just finished this book with a tear in my eye. A book that manages to mix Science facts and the feeling of loss when someone dies is something really special. I have read Maisie Day as well and love the way these intelligent stories are written. I reccomend this book not only for children and adults too.