David Almond, Alex T Smith (illus)
Bert Brown is fed up with being a bus driver until one day something amazing happens. He finds a tiny angel in his pocket. Perhaps he and his wife Betty have found the son they long for. They name this (rather flatulent yet very appealing) mini angel Angelino. He has an effect on everyone who meets him. Nancy and her school friends are filled with wonder, acting head teacher Mrs Mole is less than keen. Criminals Kevin and the Boss, capture him and plan to sell him to the highest bidder. Scary Basher Malone wants to gobble him up. How will Nancy and her friends rescue him?
This is a charming and delightfully illustrated story about wonder, magic, mystery and the power of imagination. It will encourage reflection about bullies and why they behave as they do, the importance of childhood experiences, dreams and how they may stay with us. A story which celebrates imaginative free expression through the creative arts likely to encourage lots of painting, model making and storytelling. A hint of criticism about an over rigid curriculum perhaps!
Talk about the book
Here are some ideas to choose from to talk about as you go through or when you have finished the story:
Which chapter or scene in the book did you like best? Read them again and talk about why you like them.
Talk about the character/s. Which are the most interesting? How do Nancy, Kevin, Bert or other characters feel at different points in the story?
Why do children think the baddies behave as they did?*
Talk about why the angel might have come.*
Does anything about this story remind your child of any other stories they know?
Talk about Smellie and Nutt’s rules for school in chapter 46 – see if you can think together of some better ones?