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The Enchanted Files: Diary of a Mad Brownie

(The Enchanted Files #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  889 ratings  ·  173 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 “inhe
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 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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Miranda Reads
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"...I don't want to go. America is too far off. Not only that, from what we've seen on your television, 'tis a wild and barbaric place."
Angus the brownie has lived in the wild and magical lands of Scotland his entire life. But not anymore.
I am long bound to the clan McGonagall. But - alas and woe! - my current McGonagall, Sarah, has grown old and ill.
Soon Angus must leave his Sarah, his friends and even his country and travel to America (of all places!) to be serve the youngest girl (of
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
I'm a sucker for such epistolary books and this one was charming and very entertaining. Angus and his awful temper were hilarious!

O.W.L.s 2020: Astronomy: Night classes - Read majority of this book when it’s dark outside.
Ms. Yingling
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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
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.
Dan Dixon
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
Angus is a Brownie who has been cursed to live with a specific human family for over one hundred years until he meets his new girl Alex. They take a while to get to a point of liking each other and have many adventures trying to figure out how to reverse their common curse. Along with the human family that Angus is now living with, there is a cat called Bubbles, they start out on the worst of footings when they meet but eventually become friends. One of my favorite quotes is from Angus when he t ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: I expected this to be cringey.

I was wrong. Actually, it is VERY cute and good. This book is what The Boggart by Susan Cooper would have been, if it had actually been good instead of dull and weird. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a cute book!!!! If you choose to read it, read the hardcopy; the illustrations are fantastic!!!
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2018 Sequoyah Children's Masterlist.
Very cute story!
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 4-stars
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.
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.
Chacha Centeno
I couldn't have enjoyed this book more! Made me chuckle.
Valerie McEnroe
If you're looking for a well-read audiobook, look no further. I don't know what it is about brownies, but actors seem to love them. Just like in Funke's Dragon Rider, the brownie steals the show. Must be the Scottish accent.

Angus is a brownie, which is a small elf-like creature less than a foot tall (but don't call him an elf). He has been attached to the McGonagall family for the last 100 years. His beloved human, Sarah, has just died and he must now go to the youngest, able female in the fami
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
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Angus because he is funny, likes to keep things clean and tidy and is usually a good friend. My favorite part of this book was the way it was written. The journal & diary entries, emails, notes and poems written by different characters in the book helped me get to know the characters better than in a regular book.

If you liked the way this book was written, too, you might want to check out the author/illustrator duo (they're sisters!!) Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise. My favorite se
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
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. And I enjoyed the diary format it was written in. It's been a while since I read a book that was written in that style. I love these characters and there are some hilarious scenes in here. Middle grade books are much more enjoyable, to me anyway, when listened to with a great narrator. I listened to the audiobook and was not disappointed. I like it best when there's a full cast and everyone performed this well-written book beautifully.

*potential spoiler but not really*
My fa
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very approachable book that left you wanting more. A solid mix of humor and action that had the element of magic that kids crave along with some solid lessons to be learned. This is the type of book that you will pick up and fly through because it is entertaining, but also easy to read. Personally I listened to this book which had a full cast performing, that only added to the enjoyment factor. A solid book that is sure to be loved and I'm excited to check out a few more of the books in this s ...more
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"
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.
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).
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.
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