Angels Inc.

Angels Inc.

by Bruce McBay

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781896580302
Publisher: Tradewind Books
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

Bruce McBay collaborated with James Heneghan on Waiting for Sarah, his first book with Orca. He is the department head of Learning Support Staff at a Burnaby Secondary School and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Angels Inc. 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
mosylu1 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A cute book about a couple of kids who want to do good deeds, or more accurately, one kid who wants to do good deeds and drags her reluctant best friend into trouble. Wendy is amazingly naive when it comes to the good deeds she wants to do--think Amelia Bedelia, gloriously unaware of the chaos she causes with the best of intentions. Zack is a more grounded foil, but he never does anything to counteract Wendy's misguided notions, even though he moans and groans about all the work it requires of him. It's all right for beginning readers hovering on the cusp of chapter books, but nowhere near the best of the genre.
shelf-employed on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Angels Inc. is the club started by good friends, Wendy and Zach. Although their purpose is to be helpful, more often than not, their good deeds turn out disastrously. All is forgiven, however, when they help catch a pair of scam artists.This is an easy reader, written for a Canadian audience. Young U.S. readers may find the occasional European spelling (neighbourhood, for example) confusing, and the use of the word, "sucker" puzzling, "Got the little sucker!" "Sucker" isn't a word that one would usually find in a U.S. easy reader.The plot of the story has great promise, but the delivery is a bit lacking. Some of the dialogue is not believable, "At least your dad let you bring his new Supermow.""He didn't know the Creech place is so overgrown. I just hope the digitally balanced rotors won't get damaged,"and the concept of scam artists posing as donation-seeking members of the Helping Hand Foundation , in order to gain access to valuable antiques stored in garages, etc., is likely too complex for the book's target audience.Still, the book has its funny moments, and the simple black-and-white drawings by Kim LaFave show great expression and add interest. The cover, also by Kim La Fave is very attractive and in full color.
spartyliblover on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Wendy decides she and her best friend Zach are going to help people. Unfortunately things seem to go wrong, though Wendy never sees it. This is a good book for reader's just starting chapter books since the chapters are short and the pictures still help to prompt the reader. The story ended a bit abruptly but young readers probably won't notice. Overall this is a decent book for early readers.
StephanieWhite on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Angels Inc. is a beginning chapter book featuring two friends who try to help other people. The story is filled with humor as the good deeds often go wrong in unexpected ways.I plan to hand this book to my seven year old daughter as she's currently reading beginning chapter books. The illustrations really help the reader along throughout the story and will maintain interest for those new to chapter books.In the classroom, I would brainstorm a list of helpful deeds and students could choose one helpful deed to complete then report back to the class. It would be interesting to complete a chart showing the helpful deeds as they continue throughout the school year...did they increase or decrease as the year progressed and students experienced the joy of helping others.
mikitchenlady on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Wendy and Zach decide to start a club to help others, called Angels Inc. after assisting their confused neighbor, crabby Mrs. Creech, cross the road. Thus begins their adventures in misinformed volunteerism, painting one neighbor's shed in multiple colors and dog-sitting for Mrs. Haddock's Pooky, managing to nearly lose him when he was chased by a Doberman. They revisit Mrs. Creech, suspecting that her kindly visitors with the truck are thieves, posing as helpers to senior citizens while really trying to take their valuables to resell for a profit. Mrs. Creech is none to happy to see them, informing them of all their misdeeds, but perhaps Wendy and Zach can still manage to save the day.This story is certainly simplistic, as would be expected of an early reader for lower elementary students, but lacks the charm of others in the same genre. I miss the connection one feels between, say Henry and Mudge, Cynthia Rylant's creations, or even her Mr. Putter and Tabby. The humor feels hidden here -- as an adult reader, I can see the attempt to show that the children are misreading situations and not really helping with their attempts, but this would not be at all obvious to younger readers.
keeneam on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Angels Inc is written with humor and the language kids in k-2 would relate to, especially Zach's focus on food, while Wendy attempts to help the neighbors. The kids are very relatable and the positive message of the book shines through. It would be a good book to inspire kids to help others with their permission of course,
thelittlebookworm on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Wendy decides she wants to help people so she starts Angels Inc. with her friend Zach. But they keep messing up their good deeds. Along the way though they help catch some crooks.This was a cute little chapter book and a good early reader.
katec9999 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Plucky Wendy and her friend Zachary are spending a sunny spring day together when they notice their crabby neighbor, Mrs. Creech. Wendy, who ¿wanted everyone in the world to be as happy as she was right now,¿ decides to help the elderly Mrs. Creech cross the street. The problem is that Mrs. Creech doesn¿t want to cross the street, and protests the whole way. Thus begins Angels Inc., Wendy¿s and Zachary¿s well meaning attempts to help people who don¿t want their help.The premise is a good one, but it just doesn¿t seem to work. Wendy wants to help people, while Zach seems to want to do nothing but eat ice cream. The dialogue seems too mature at times, with Wendy saying things like, ¿`Music is the food of the soul.¿¿ This book would almost work better as an easy reader, with more of the cute illustrations and less text.
noranydrop2read on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I liked the premise of this book: two children form a club to help people who need it, but their good intentions cause problems. The execution, however, is rather choppy, making it difficult for the reader to identify with the children. I think this is a cute early reader, and the urge to do good provides ample discussion opportunities for parents to ask children to think about how they can help others. In a brief chapter book, there were really too many attempts to help others crammed in. There is some humor, but every scene is so brief and superficial that it's not very well developed. Further, the children's motives are unclear. Clueless Wendy decides out of the blue that she'd like to help people (which is commendable, but not explained) and Zach agrees to go along with her plan as long as he can eat ice cream every day. Zach appears to understand (in a way that Wendy does not) that their actions are causing problems rather than solving them, but he doesn't seem particularly bothered by that. A plotline about neighborhood thieves is thrown in near the end, which is so abrupt I checked to be sure my copy wasn't missing the final pages. Source disclosure: I received a review copy of this book through LibraryThing.
jbarry on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Two buddies start a helping-people club, Angels Inc. Though Wendy and Zack have great intentions, they don't always actually do what is best, but in the end, they prove that even little helpers can make a big difference.Angels Inc. is a very simple read, lots of potential as an easy reader or even picture book. Picture book form could even work better because more pictures may help flush out the rather piecemeal plot. It also seems to send a rather confusing message since the two children never seem to understand that they have caused problems for those they have tried to help; there are no consequences and the opportunity to learn a lesson is lost. Read-a-likes: Ava Tree and the Tree Wishes
megamegpie on LibraryThing 5 months ago
As a children's librarian I am always on the lookout for new personalities. This is an inspirational tale that fits perfectly into that narrow fit of beginning chapter book readers. This is an uplifting and encouraging text built to help readers take that jump from easy readers up to early chapter books with a positive message and without the commercial characters that often take over this stage of reading.