The Tale of Angelino Brown

The Tale of Angelino Brown

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 138 x 204 x 27mm | 359g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 140635807X
  • 9781406358070
  • 255,104

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"Almond's books for younger readers are always a treat [...] This is charming, profound and very funny, and Smith's exuberant black-and-white illustrations are real humour." * The Bookseller * "Award-winning David Almond's new story for younger reader is a delightfully lightly told, warm-hearted story perfect for all those who are willing believe in a little bit of something special. [...] David Almond inspires readers' imagination and raises questions about definitions of good and bad. It is a wonderful book." - * Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading * [...] this is a charmingly goofy story [...] For all its superficial puerility, The Tale of Angelino Brown returns, like Almond's other novels, to death: this is a poignant book about grief. [...] grown up readers will be touched by it, too. * The Daily Telegraph * "As ever, there is joy to be had in Almond's ear for the beauty and rhythm of everyday speech, and Alex T Smith's illustrations are cheeky and apt." * The Literary Review * "This lovely, heart-warming story from award-winning author, David Almond is full of humour wisdom and fun. With fantastic illustrations by Alex T. Smith, it's a gorgeous celebration of imagination, creativity and wonder that will leave you with a huge smile on your face." * The Week Junior, Children's Book of the Week * "[...] sweet, funny and joyous [...] Alluding to Pinocchio, and enhanced by Alex T Smith's cheery black-and-white caricatures, this would be a delight to read aloud during summer holidays to children as they are learning, dreaming and having fun." * Sunday Telegraph * "David Almond's talent for mining the humour and emotion of potentially sad situations is unequalled, no more so than in this story [...] With shades of Pinocchio, this is a warm-hearted lesson in the importance of love, and a reminder that not all learning takes place in the classroom." * Daily Mail * "This is a heartwarming story full of gentle humour, as captivating as the title character, whose personality is further enhanced by the charming, expressive illustrations. Large print encourages developing readers onto medium length novels." Star Read * Primary Times * "David Almond's talent for mining the humour and emotion of potentially sad situations is unequalled, no more so than in this story [...] With shades of Pinocchio, this is a warm-hearted lesson in the importance of love, and a reminder that not all learning tales place in the classroom." * Irish Daily Mail * "This book is a really brilliant adventure and I think you'll love Angelino and dream of finding an angel in your pocket too." * Scoop * "[...] a moving, entertaining story which is suitable as a class read for KS2. Pupils will enjoy the humour and whimsy, which is underpinned by Alex T Smith's illustrations." * The School Librarian * "Classy whimsy" * Evening Standard * "An Editor's Choice in hardback, this tale of a tiny angel who appears in a bus driver's pocket is charming, funny and profound, exuberantly illustrated by Smith." * The Bookseller *
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About David Almond

David Almond is the acclaimed author of many award-winning novels for children such as Skellig, Kit's Wilderness and My Name Is Mina, and has collaborated with artists Polly Dunbar, Dave McKean and Oliver Jeffers on fiction for younger readers. David's books sell all over the world, and in 2011 he was the recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. He lives in Hexham, Northumberland; for more info visit

Alex T Smith was born in 1985 and has worked as a writer and illustrator since graduating in 2006. He is the creator of the bestselling Claude series of early readers, which are soon to appear in their own TV series on Disney Junior. Alex lives in Warwickshire; to find out more about his work, visit This is his first commission for Walker Books.
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Rating details

243 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 18% (44)
4 49% (120)
3 26% (62)
2 5% (12)
1 2% (5)
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