The Tale of Angelino Brown

David Almond

The Tale of Angelino Brown
Walker Books Ltd
United Kingdom
4 May 2017

The Tale of Angelino Brown

David Almond

Bert and Betty Brown have got themselves a little angel. Bert found him in his top pocket when he was driving his bus. Bert and Betty’s friends think he’s lovely. So do Nancy and Jack and Alice from Class 5K. What a wonder!

But Acting Head Teacher Mrs Mole is not so sure. Nor is Professor Smellie. Or the mysterious bloke in black who claims to be a School Inspector. Then there’s Basher Malone - big, lumbering Basher Malone. He REALLY doesn’t like Angelino. And it looks like he’s out to get him…


Betty and Burt are a perfectly ordinary couple, leading a quiet life, until a tiny angel magically appears in Burt’s pocket. The angel’s existence brings unimaginable joy. And when Betty takes him to school, children are delighted. This angel transforms the lives of those he encounters, whether they be child, adult, bully or dastardly villain! It’s as if he’s some super catalyst for good…

This is a loveable, lively and entertaining story with some outrageous characters, an unpredictable plot and a wonderful silliness that children will love. But at its core, it’s a warm-hearted tale communicating an important message of friendship and hope, for a better future for children everywhere.

Only a master storyteller like David Almond could successfully pull off this charming and whimsical story for young readers. And Alex T. Smith’s quirky line-illustrations throughout are an absolute treat! Suspend disbelief: read it aloud and entertain the whole family. Highly recommended for independent readers aged 8 and up.

Athina Clarke

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