The Tale of Angelino Brown (Hardcover)

By David Almond, Alex T. Smith (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763695637, 272pp.

Publication Date: February 27, 2018

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In this hilarious yet touching story from the masterful David Almond, life takes a surprising turn after a bus driver finds a tiny boy angel in his pocket.

Do you believe in angels? Bert and Betty Brown do, because Bert discovered one in his shirt pocket the other day while he was driving his bus. All of a sudden they had a little boy of their very own to care for — how heavenly! Bert and Betty’s friends think Angelino is lovely. So do Nancy and Jack and Alice from school. But the Head Teacher, Mrs. Mole, is not so sure. Neither is Professor Smellie. And who is the mysterious Man in Black who claims to be a School Inspector? Or the big, lumbering Basher Malone? What could all these sneaky adults possibly have against such a perfect little angel?

About the Author

David Almond has received numerous awards, including a Hans Christian Andersen Award, a Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, an Eleanor Farjeon Award, and a Michael L. Printz Award. He is known worldwide as the author of Skellig, Clay, and many other novels and stories, including Harry Miller’s Run, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino; The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers; The Savage, Slog’s Dad, and Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, all illustrated by Dave McKean; and My Dad’s a Birdman and The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon, both illustrated by Polly Dunbar. David Almond lives in England.

Alex T. Smith is the creator of more than twenty books for children, including the best-selling Claude series of early readers. He lives in England.

Praise For The Tale of Angelino Brown

Angelino Brown—an actual angel—finds a home and grows into a real boy in Almond's latest. Almond's not-overly-reverent look at the transformative power of a pure heart is both sweet and broad-humored...A wise and tender comical adventure.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

This charming story weaves slapstick humor and fart jokes with passages of surprising beauty and depth, hinting at darker troubles without sacrificing child-appropriate levity...A quirky addition to middle grade shelves.
—School Library Journal

In a style reminiscent of Roald Dahl, with over-the-top baddies and determined young heroes and heroines, this narrative at times speaks directly to the reader, encouraging them to think about the underlying themes that are portrayed, sometimes subtly. Particularly relevant is the issue of bullies, what makes them, and what can change them. Smith’s illustrations add to the fun, and despite the levity, there’s depth here that will generate discussion as well as giggles.