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Title:
Diary of a mad brownie : with supporting documents
Author:
Coville, Bruce, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [2015]
Physical Description:
241 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Summary:
"Angus Cairns is a brownie, a magical creature with a fastidious nature. Alex Carhart is the messiest eleven-year-old in the United States of America. Together, this unlikely pair embarks on an unforgettable adventure"--
Language:
English
Reading Level:
800 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.3 7.0 175549.
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ISBN:
9780385392471

9780385392488
Format :
Book

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Summary

Introducing The Enchanted Files! Told in diary entries and more, it's a new magical, modern-day comedy series by the master of funny fantasy and bestselling author of My Teacher is an Alien: Bruce Coville!
 
In the first hilarious Enchanted Files, Angus is a brownie. No, not the kind you eat! He's a tiny magical creature that loves to do chores. Angus has just "inherited" a new human girl, Alex. To say that Alex is messy would be an understatement. She's a total hurricane-like disaster--and she likes it that way, thankyouverymuch! Living with each other isn't easy but Angus and Alex soon learn there is a curse that binds them. What's worse, it threatens Alex's family! Working together, Angus and Alex will set out to break the curse . . . without killing each other first . . . hopefully.

This laugh-out-loud adventure, full of humor and heart, is ideal for fans of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library or Chris Grabenstein.

Also availabe in paperback as  Cursed . 

* "Smart, amusing, and a lot of fun" -- Booklist  (starred review)

"With magic, mischief, and mayhem to spare, this sweet story of an unlikely friendship ought to delight readers of any age." --Publishers Weekly

"A knee-slapper." -- Kirkus Reviews


Author Notes

Bruce Coville was born in Syracuse, New York, on May 16, 1950. He spent one year at Duke University in North Carolina. Coville started working seriously at becoming a writer when he was seventeen. He was not able to start selling stories right away, so he had many other jobs, including toymaker, gravedigger, cookware salesman, and assembly line worker. Eventually, Coville became an elementary teacher, and worked with second and fourth graders.

Coville married Katherine Dietz an artist, and they began trying to create books together. It wasn't until 1977 that they finally sold their first book, The Foolish Giant. They joined together on two other books after that, Sarah's Unicorn and The Monster's Ring, and followed them with Goblins in the Castle, Aliens Ate My Homework, and The World's Worst Fairy Godmother.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Bound by a family curse, Angus the brownie must leave Scotland for America to serve young Alex Carhart, the great-great-great-niece of his recently deceased mistress. After finagling his transatlantic voyage from a selkie, he secretly moves into the Carhart household and begins his dual task of bringing order while occasionally making mischief. Alex discovers his presence and tempers flare on both sides. But when a larger problem threatens the family, they join forces and begin to appreciate each other, before Angus leads Alex, her sister, her brother, and two older companions into the Enchanted Realm in an attempt to end the curse for good. It's not easy to merge such disparate elements as traditional Scottish lore and modern American life, but Coville brings it off with wit, style, and respect. The story moves quickly, energized by Angus' engaging voice and the use of shifting perspectives. Largely made up of the brownie's diary entries, the narrative also includes passages from Alex's journal as well as letters, text messages, news articles, poems, and other documents. Kidby's madcap jacket art and many black-and-white illustrations will draw young readers to the book. The first volume of the Enchanted Files series is smart, amusing, and a lot of fun.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

This diary-style first book in the Enchanted Realm series introduces hotheaded brownie Angus Cairns, a tiny elfin creature with a penchant for cleanliness and keeping order. He's also cursed and must serve the youngest eligible female of McGonagall family; his newest master, 11-year-old Alex Carhart, could be his biggest challenge yet. She's a "disorderly, messy, negligent, slapdash, untidy, unfastidious, unsanitary creator of disorder," and Angus is sure that they will never get along. When Angus realizes that his curse has infected the entire household and could cost the Carharts their futures-Alex's father abruptly quits his job to write (terrible) songs-the two team up to find a long-lost princess to break the curse. Coville infuses Angus's diary entries (as well as interspersed letters, poems, curses, text messages, etc.) with humor and heart, creating a lovable, altruistic, and slightly grumpy hero in Angus and a determined sidekick in Alex. With magic, mischief, and mayhem to spare, this sweet story of an unlikely friendship ought to delight readers of any age. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8-12. Author's agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-7-Angus Cairns, a brownie from Scotland, is bound to the McGonagall family by a curse. Following the death of Sarah, the latest member of the family to whom Angus has been bound, Angus leaves Scotland to be bound to the next youngest female McGonagall. But once in America, Angus meets his match in Alex-a feisty, opinionated 10-year-old girl who enjoys being messy. Angus is persnickety, neat, fiery, and notoriously short-tempered. The two of them clash at first but grow to understand each other as Alex learns more about the curse upon her family. Eventually, they devise a plan to get the curse lifted, which involves a journey to the Enchanted Realm. The story, told through diary and journal entries by Angus and Alex, as well as through letters and other supporting documents by others, is filled with mishaps, misunderstandings, adventure, and lots of humor. The full cast, which includes Euan Morton and Nancy O'Connor, truly shines as they bring the characters to life and dramatize the action. One thing to note: younger listeners may take a little time to get used to Angus's heavy Scottish brogue, but that will not prevent them from being able to follow along. VERDICT This first book in the "Enchanted Files" series is laugh-out-loud funny and great family entertainment. ["This is a fresh and fast tale that is sure to elevate the standing of brownies, goblins, and other magical beings": SLJ 6/1/15 review of the Random book.]-Mary Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.