Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: David Brown
Illustrator: Alex T. Smith
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd.
Bert the bus driver discovers a tiny little angel in his pocket one day and brings the little fellow home to meet his lovely and cheerful wife Betty. They take the little tyke in and bring him to the school, where Betty works in the kitchen. An adventure has begun. The bad guys want to catch the angel, the kids want to play with the angel, and Bert and Betty need this little angel in their hearts. Angelino becomes a blessing to everyone, except perhaps, The Basher.
This is a funny, funny book. The story is solid and sweet and the characters are interesting and humorous as well. There is a little food for thought as well. How different are humans and angels? Are bad people really bad? What contributes to a solid education? How important is sentence structure when an angel goes missing? The commentary on adult perspectives is humorous, especially between Smellie and the real inspector of schools. The kids are most definitely the heroes of this farcical drama. All ages will get a kick from this story.