Okay, so I totally read this book because the title made me laugh. Of course Diary of a Mad Brownie (with Supporting Documents) by Bruce Coville reminded me of Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and I loved the movie (I know—such a shallow reason to read a book. Sigh.) And the set-up seemed perfect for hilarity: Angus the brownie, whose mission in life is to clean, is cursed to be bound to Alex, the world’s messiest girl. The book isn’t the laugh-out-loud funny that I had expected, but it was a fun read nonetheless.
In response to the curse, Angus leaves his home in Scotland to find Alex. They finally come to a working arrangement, and the next part of the curse kicks in. Alex’s father and brother drop everything and start writing TRULY terrible poetry. This is a dire situation, because Alex’s father isn’t working, and they need the income. So, Alex and Angus have to figure out how to lift the curse.
I liked that Coville told the story through Angus’ and Alex’s diaries as well as various letters from teachers and things like that. It made for a very quick read. Put this book in the hands of kids who like a little bit of fantasy, and a little bit of funny.