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A warm and witty tale from a master storyteller, author of Carnegie Medal-winning Skellig and internationally bestseller The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

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...

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9th September '18
I read it to Class 3 aged 7 to 8
The Tale of Angelino Brown 9781406358070
5 stars
This is a beautiful story that brings the tale of Pinocchio right up to date. In this version, a bus driver finds a tiny angel in his pocket and takes it home to his wife, who happens to be a school dinner lady. There are so many enjoyable parts to the story; we loved the mean 'Acting Head Teacher' who is scared to death about being inspected, the incompetent baddie, who is a 'master of disgiuise' and the lovely children, who really take Angelino under their wing. We'd recommend it to all children in Year 4, it's a really fun read.
31st May '17
Ayaan15 read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
Bert is our favourite character! 
We love the colour and the drawings in this story. We don't like mr smellie but his name is very funny. 
31st August '17
chaboyfaz read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
This is a funny and lovely children's book. When I started reading 'The Tale of Angelino Brown' I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did. The story begins with Bert Brown, a bus driver, who is married to Betty. While driving the bus Bert thinks he's having a heart attack but finds a little angel inside his pocket instead. He takes the Angel home and together Betty and Bert decide to look after him and name him Angelino.

I don't want to go into too much detail about the story as it will spoil it but this really is a lovely tale. Angelino is loved by everyone nice and brings out the best in everyone, but not everybody likes to see an angel and Angelino faces some trouble from some bad people. The story is a middle grade/ older children's book although anyone older might enjoy this too. On the whole the story seems a simple and funny one. A lot of the characters are very silly and the situations are daft too (including some references to farting). But although on the surface the story just seems like any other funny story, this book has a deeper story inside it. I don't want to explain what that part of the story is as it will give away the ending but it has a really heartwarming ending and it really put a smile on my face.

There are illustrations throughout the book, although some double pages don't have any images a lot do. These are black and white pictures which are funny and add to the overall fun mood of the story. I do like these images as they make reading this book more fun and I particularly like the pictures of some of the teachers!

Some of the language used in the book is written with accents in mind, such as the word 'maybe' being spelt 'mebbe' when characters talk. This didn't bother me but some kids might be confused by such words. Overall though this is a really lovely book, sweet and heartwarming and I'm glad I read it as I love the ending! I'm sure lots of kids and adults will enjoy this book.
10th June '17
PaigeS246 read it themselves aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
paige loved this book! she thought the story was great and really kept her wanting to read on, highly recommend 
28th July '17
Westy10 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
I liked this book because it was an interesting story, a light read and not too evil. 

I liked the angel Angelino the best because he farted a lot!
12th June '17
ejpot read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
I loved reading this book. I found it easy to read and understand and i didnt want to put it down. It didnt take me long to read it but im a quick reader and read everday. The story was good its not my usual chice of books but i did enjoy it. I liked the charachters especially bert
12th June '17
Lswise read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
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5 stars
The Tale of Angelino Brown is one of the best books I have read in a long time!
I really like the style of writing that David Almond wrote it in, not as the person, not really totally in the scene, not really isolated entirely but sort of looking in at the scene and looking inside some of the characters heads.
It is a very happy book, I especially like the part when they are all painting in the art room as it is so cleverly written.
I also like how every time Angelino speaks the font is smaller to emphasise how he has a quieter voice than everyone else.
It is such a good book that now I am going to read more of David Almond's books.
9th July '17
Syd1 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
Sydney really enjoyed this book - a great little read
10th August '17
Harry04 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
The Tale of Angelino Brown 9781406358070
4 stars
I enjoyed this book. Angelino, Betty and Bert were my favourite characters from the story.  I was really worried when Angelino was taken by the bullies but it all ends well in the end. 
10th August '17
MicahW read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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4 stars
I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this book, as I didn't get into it straight away. I liked that the angel was a boy. It was a nice story, and it was funny in parts. I really liked the ending, and the illustrations of the teachers.
30th April '18
I read it to EMILY123 aged 12 aged 12
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4 stars
Very good book. Would definitely recommend!  
17th June '17
Terminator read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
The Tale of Angelino Brown 9781406358070
3 stars
I found this book ok as it wasn't interesting because there was just an angel who gets abused by some people and looked after by some other people. Also there is a random guy called Basher Malone who is lurking in the shadows doing nothing.
26th July '17
RiRi read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
The Tale of Angelino Brown 9781406358070
2 stars
Rhianna really struggled to get into this book, however her older sister is going to read it soon and review it instead
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About David Almond

Daniel is a freelance writer, translator and editor, Leonie is a librarian in a boys' school and Susan works as a commissioning editor at Egmont. All three are extremely well-connected in the children's book world!...

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Alex T. Smith has drawn and written stories since he could hold a pencil. After considering several career options (space traveller, cake maker, professional rabbit), Alex decided to train to do the job he'd wanted to do since he was five - an illustrator specializing in the worl...

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