Jamie and Angus Stories

Jamie and Angus Stories

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by Anne Fine, Penny Dale

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"Sentimental in only the right ways. . . .A perfectly charming collection." — THE HORN BOOK (starred review)

The moment Jamie sets eyes on Angus in the toy shop, with his silky coat and forlorn gaze, he knows they belong together. On Christmas morning, the two are united at last, and the coveted Highland bull becomes Jamie’s constant


"Sentimental in only the right ways. . . .A perfectly charming collection." — THE HORN BOOK (starred review)

The moment Jamie sets eyes on Angus in the toy shop, with his silky coat and forlorn gaze, he knows they belong together. On Christmas morning, the two are united at last, and the coveted Highland bull becomes Jamie’s constant companion — through an ill-fated run-in with the washing machine, Uncle Edward’s jump-training sessions, a stay at the hospital, and three more amusing adventures from Britain’s Children’s Laureate.

Editorial Reviews

Kathleen Odean
British writer Fine turns her considerable talents to writing for a younger audience in this warmhearted book. The moment Jamie sees the toy bull Angus in a store window, he knows they are meant to be together. In a series of six connected stories, accessible to young readers who are ready for chapter books, Jamie and Angus solidify their friendship. Apt pencil sketches show Jamie playing with, caring for and confiding in the bull, who responds with sympathetic looks. The adult characters come across as far more real than in most books at this level.
Publishers Weekly
Fine (Up on Cloud Nine) has neatly crafted a half-dozen tales for budding independent readers starring a resourceful preschooler and his stuffed Highland bull. The first story demonstrates Jamie's patience and imagination: he spies the bull, whom he names Angus, in a store window and begs his mother to buy him for Christmas. She does, but that means waiting all fall for the holiday to arrive. In the meantime, he constructs for Angus a field of green and brown sewing scraps, and gates made of popsicle sticks, and the two unite on Christmas morning. Because the "dry-clean only" tag behind Angus's neck is "horrid and tickly," Jamie cuts it off and, after Angus encounters dust, mud and glue, Granny accidentally throws him into the washing machine, resulting in his silky white coat turning into a "shaggy gray tangle." Granny buys him a new bull, but Dale's (Ten in the Bed) drawings aptly convey the boy's allegiance to his scruffy old pal. Telling details in the text describe their mutual feelings (when Angus is in the washing machine for follow-up laundering, "He stares hopefully out of the little glass window, while Jamie fixes the stall with tape and repaints the hedges"). In subsequent stories, Jamie and Angus enjoy an entertaining bedtime with Uncle Edward, listen to Daddy's story of how Jamie grew out of his stroller, and spend a day during which Jamie tries to act like a grownup and concludes that it's far more fun being a kid. The breezy, often humorous repart e between the lad and the adults in his life, plus the authentic interplay of boy and toy, keep the narrative moving at a sprightly clip. Ages 4-6. (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Fine and Dale make a terrific team for this collection of six heartwarming tales about a little boy and his toy bull. From the moment Jamie sees Angus in the toy-store window, he knows he must have him. Readers will delight in the pair's adventures, which range from laundry mishaps to a stay in the hospital to having the perfect "grown-up" day. Fine's ability to give Angus believable and sometimes even human characteristics endears him to readers. Whether he is waving to the boy from a high shelf or "most forlornly- watching Jamie struggle through some fancy supper with olives," he is always lovable. Dale's pencil illustrations add to the charm of the stories, capturing the feeling and tone to a tee. An excellent choice for beginning chapter-book readers or as a read-aloud.-Cathie Bashaw Morton, Somers Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Jamie sees Angus in a shop window and decides that they belong together. For Angus's "silky coat looked smooth as bath water and white as snow." His mother buys Angus and puts him away until Christmas. While waiting for the big day, Jamie prepares a sheep farm for Angus from fabric scraps, Popsicle sticks, and other found materials. From Christmas on, they are inseparable friends, through thick and thin-and washing machine disasters. What an idyllic family. Jamie's parents are patient and understanding, his teenaged Uncle Edward seems to enjoy his company, and everyone accepts the importance of Angus in Jamie's life. Jamie is a thoroughly delightful child, whose mischief is mild and whose imagination is lively. Each story begins with a title, illustration, and intriguing opening sentences. Dale's (Night Night, Cuddly Bear, not reviewed, etc.) pen-and-ink drawings are just right as they highlight the action and the abounding love surrounding the pair. These stories would be ideal to read aloud to young children. Fine (Up on Cloud Nine, p. 732, etc.) is a well-known British author (the current Children's Laureate) and this work, British in tone and syntax, is a style that should become more familiar to American readers. There is gentleness here in language and emotion that, sadly, is rare in modern American works. A jolly experience. (Fiction. 5-7)

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Candlewick Press
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5.15(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.32(d)
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Anne Fine was named the second British Children’s Laureate in 2001. A distinguished writer for readers of all ages with more than forty books to her credit - including the hilarious ALIAS MADAME DOUBTFIRE - she is a two-time winner of both the Whitbread Children’s Novel Award and the Carnegie Medal, Britain’s most coveted children’s literature award. She has also won the GUARDIAN Children’s Literature Award and a Smarties Prize. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages.

Penny Dale has illustrated numerous acclaimed books for children, including her own TEN IN THE BED, TEN OUT OF BED, TEN PLAY HIDE-AND-SEEK, and BIG BROTHER, LITTLE BROTHER.

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The Jamie and Angus Stories: Jamie and Angus Series, Book 1 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anne Fine does an exceptional job of showing the love between a boy and his faithful stuffed companion. This book is a must read for all children who must have that special blanket or toy with them at all times. Each of the six stories is as delightful and uplifting as the next. From the moment Jamie builds Angus his farm, to each night when Jamie tucks him safely into his shoebox stall, the reader (young or old) will have a smile on his/ her face and a soft spot in his/ her heart knowing just how much love there is between Jamie and Angus. And for those adults, who read this story to children, be prepared to think back to your childhood and be reminded of that special blanket or toy you had when you were a kid and see if you smile from the fond memory.