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The Enchanted Files: Diary of a Mad Brownie (The Enchanted Files #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  645 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews
Introducing The Enchanted Files! Told in diary entries and other “documents,” this magical, modern-day new comedy series by the master of funny fantasy, Bruce Coville is filled with laugh-out-loud humor and heart.
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 “inher
Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published February 10th 2015)
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Hannah Rose In the book they are talking about the magical brownie (they are kind of like elves) , not the Girl Scout brownie.
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Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, cute, and utterly charming from beginning to end :). Fell in love with the little guy from the beginning.

"Angus is a brownie, a magical creature from the Enchanted Realm that secretly loves to do chores for humans (from the back of the book). Who wouldn't love someone to help them with the cleaning right? ;-) Not Alex at first, she loves her organized chaos as it is.

Alex took awhile to grow on me but I loved watching the friendship grow between her and Angus, and between Angus and B
N.A. Cauldron
This book was a fun read, but it had too many flaws to recommend. Therefore, I will list the flaws first.

#1-I rate this as #1, because it is the most important. This is a children's book. The MC's age is 11. This means children 8 (and probably younger) will read this book. And yet: Before the first third of the book was over, it had used, "arse", "hell", the Lord's name in vain, discussed how Angus (the brownie), was looking at a selkie in her human form completely naked (even if he didn't find
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute, light hearted fluffy read. I really enjoyed Angus and his little temper. I'll definitely be continuing with this series.
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2018 Sequoyah Children's Masterlist.
Very cute story!
Ms. Yingling
ARC from the Publisher

Angus the Brownie (do NOT call him a "little man"!) is attached to the McGonagall family because of somethis ancestors of both did years ago, and when Sarah, whom he has served for many years, passes away, he must journey to the US to serve the youngest female (over the age of ten) of the clan. This happens to be Alex, who is very disorganized. Alex's family is also a bit odd-- her younger sister claims that she has a goblin as a friend, her older brother writes horrible po
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a review for an Advanced Reader Copy

Dear Diary of a Mad Brownie,

I'm always open to Bruce Coville and Middle Grade novels. So when a friend handed you to me, I was all for it! Plus, you were a quick read; perfect for a breather between some of my longer novels. You were a treat read.

You're narrated through the journal of Angus, a brownie that's been cursed to serve the same family forever - or until the curse is broken. Angus doesn't mind it so much, until the current woman he lives with
Samuel Graham
The cover of the book states that it comes "with supporting documents", which is a reference to the somewhat unique way the story is presented. The pages are a mix of journal entries from Angus the Brownie and the 10-year-old girl he serves, Alex, along with letters, transcripts, decrees, poems, and other documents pertinent to the story. This provides an entertaining way of reading a text that I think children would enjoy as well. As a teacher I could even see this leading nicely into activitie ...more
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a charming, funny, clever book! Our "mad brownie" is not just the wacky kind of mad but also infected with a terrible temper. Angus and Alex seem a horrible fit at first but, through compromise and working toward a common (urgent) goal, come to understand and befriend each other. I love the format of using letters, journal entries, and text tell a more complete story. The ingenious device of the curse is original and adds nice dramatic tension. The humor in the book is riotous--I laughed ou ...more
Small Review
That was very enjoyable! Full review to come.

Originally posted at Small Review

I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. It's middle grade, but I was totally invested. The characters and world were fully realized and I would happily read more books about both. Extra points for the scene with the cat and Angus's lovingly derisive descriptions of his dollhouse home. Amusing, heartwarming, imaginative, and engaging, I would definitely purchase and recommend this book, particularly for f
Bruce Coville is a clever storyteller and he is in top form with his story about a Scottish Brownie bound by a curse that forces him to move to modern America. The magic and realism is interwoven seamlessly so that the reader accepts the world of the Enchanted Realm with goblins, selkies, brownies, and more. Angus, the brownie with an attitude, is an endearing meddlesome character, much like Dobby the house-elf in Harry Potter. There is much to like in this story: an old curse, true love, ridicu ...more
Lonna Pierce
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angus Cairns, a Scottish brownie, has an anger management problem. This is made worse when his binding curse sends him across the seas of the Enchanted Realm to America, to serve a slatternly girl called Alex. Who owns a fearsome cat! The two have a series of surprising adventures in an attempt to try and reverse the ancient curse. Funny, magical, ans steeped in Scottish lore, this story will appeal to all with an imagination.
Chacha (Vanessa) Centeno
I couldn't have enjoyed this book more! Made me chuckle.
Penny Dunn
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was cute. the kids liked it even though I think it's for older kids.
Elza Kinde
Angus Cairns is cursed to serve the McGonagall family as a household brownie (a magical person in charge of cleaning), a job he takes very seriously. Unfortunately, the next family in line lives in the United States. Packing up and leaving Scotland is hard enough, but being bound to tidy up after the world's messiest girl? It's almost more than Angus can take.

I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did, but Diary of a Mad Brownie checks all the boxes. Heartfelt, funny, and full of mag
Jennifer Denney
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This hilarious tale begins with Angus the Brownie fulfilling his family's ancient curse to serve the youngest female member of the McGonagal family. His curse takes him to Alex Carhart, and she is the messiest girl Angus has ever met! As a Brownie, he must tidy up after Alex and her family, cause a little mischief here and there, and stay loyal to the oath he took as a Brownie. But, the curse he brought with him starts having pretty terrible effects on Alex's brother and father, causing them to ...more
Julie Kirchner
This book is a Maud Hart Lovelace nominee for 2019. I would give it a 3.5 stars.

Many kids will like this story as it is fantasy, has some humor, and there are plenty of characters for everyone to enjoy. I didn’t love how it jumped back and forth in the format. It was mostly told from the POV of Angus, a brownie, don’t call him an elf, who has anger issues. But it was also told from the POV of Alex through her journal entries with a few text messages, long ago legends, and a newspaper article th
This is my selection for a lower level junior fiction book and, I must say, this may be the coolest lower level JFIC book out there! It is written by the bestselling author Bruce Coville who has written over 100 children and young adult books. For starters, a Brownie is an elfin creature from the enchanted realm. They are tasked with organizing, tidying, and straightening up human houses. The brownie in this story is named Angus. He assigned to the McGonagall family and his newest client is a 10 ...more
Maria Rowe
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining, and I love all the diary entries and “other documents”. It’s a style I always enjoy. It took me a little while to get into this, but I think it’s because I started reading the ebook and a lot of the illustrations were missing or duplicated, and the text wasn’t lined up with the illustrations. None of it looked right. So I went to the library and got the hardcover edition - much better!
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I listened to the audiobook and the narrators were a delight - especially Angus! Angus provided many laugh-out-loud moments. Coville does a great job of introducing folk elements and some great words that I hope students will stop and look up. I'd love to hear kids expand their vocabulary and include a few of them (as well as some of Angus' habit of neatness 😉)!
I will be adding others from the series to my library.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bruce Coville was my favorite author when I was a kid. His Alien Adventures series was a favorite in particular, but there was also this collection of short stories. In it there is a story about a brownie who has to move to America to serve a girl who doesn't appreciate him... So when I saw that there was now an entire book based on the premise at my library, of course I had to read it. Fun, magical read, though obviously geared towards younger readers (duh).
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sequoyah-2018
It was a good story and I'm pleased to have it in my school library. Actually, this fantasy story about The Enchanted Realm is the first book in a series and I plan on adding more books from this Coville series. "Cursed" is on our state award masterlist for 2018, and I expect I will need to help students become comfortable with the cadence and odd Scottish words in the story. I'm making plans to provide reader support to get students reading and enjoying this story.
Tommie Branscum
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Told mostly through diary/journal entries. There are also letters and maps included as part of the telling of the story as well. Students should be cautioned that there is a word in the book that is also used for an animal in the Bible if they are the kind of student who may see this as a problem or have an issue with not being mature enough to handle this. The word is only used twice and once as the way it would be used in Scotland.
Clever mix of journal entries from 2 characters, notes of various sorts, folktales, etc., thus blending classic folklore with modern goings on.

A brownie must go to the US to take up with the next line of the family to which he's bound, but he brings a curse with him. He gets used to tidying up after messy Alex(andra) but her dad and brother become dreadful poets. How can the curse be undone?

Fast-moving and funny.

Aka "Cursed"/"Diary of a Mad Brownie"
Ms. B
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, childrens, series, mhl, magic
Cute story about Angus, a brownie from Ireland and Alex, an American girl that he must live with and help as part of a curse that was put upon their respective families. As two opposites, will they be able to coexist in the same household? Could it be possible for them to work together to break the curse and free both their families?
For those that can follow the multitude of formats and chapters (diary/journal entries from Angus and Alex, emails, encyclopedia articles, song lyrics, rejection let
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bovenbouw
Deel 1 van Dagboek van een maffe Brownie: De vloek van Angus.
Dit verhaal leest als een trein, ik wilde niet stoppen met lezen. De figuren zijn leuk, het verhaal spannend en vol fantasie. Daar houd ik van. Aan te raden aan jongens en meisjes vanaf 9 jaar.
Carrie Carlson
Students will enjoy this funny tale of a Scottish brownie who is cursed to serve an American girl. Unfortunately he brings with him another curse that is terrible for the male members of the household. This book starts a bit slow, but once he gets to America things move along.
Kelsey Gourd
I really enjoyed the different points of view in this book, but I did think it was a little too predictable. Really? Was it that simple to find the long lost princess to break the curse? It did make me laugh a lot though. Particularly the part describing the cat!
Tamara York
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic on audio. Great Scottish accent for the Brownie narrator. Recommended to me by my 8 year old son. He loved it and begged me to listen to it. How could I refuse?! A fun family listen. Highly recommend.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to and it sounded great.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My SON loved this book.
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