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Contributor(s): Bunting, Eve, McCully, Emily Arnold

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ISBN: 0547076738     ISBN-13: 9780547076737
Publisher: Clarion Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 2009
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Annotation: Delightful illustrations from a Caldecott medalist and a playful text written in a lilting Irish style make this a perfect story for St. Patrick's Day or any other time of year. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Leprechauns; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Other, Non-religious
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2009005380
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 10.75" H x 8.00" W x 0.25" (0.30 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 101916
Reading Level: 3.4   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
What do leprechauns do? They bury a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, of course. But as Mrs. Bally Bunion's ox, Miss Maude Murphy's hen, and Old Jamie soon find out, they can't resist having a little fun along the way. For, besides burying pots of gold, mischief is what leprechauns do
From this amazing picture book duo comes a lively fun tale that's perfect for mischief makers of all ages

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall)
As black clouds loom, three leprechauns dash to their hidden pot of gold, but they can't resist a few stops along the way for some mischief--because that's what leprechauns do. They reach their gold just in time for the rainbow after the storm. Lively ink and watercolor illustrations energize the playful story. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2005 December #2)

Bunting (The Wall ) adds a bit o' blarney to a favorite Irish legend as she imagines three leprechauns on a mission to place a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. As storm clouds begin to roll in, Ari the leprechaun rouses his two colleagues, Boo and Col, for the latest gold job. "It's a leprechaun's duty, so it is," Ari notes of the somewhat wearisome task; "not a single soul ever finds it," Col laments. But on the road to Paddywhackers Bog, where the gold remains hidden on non-rainbow days, the three leprechauns also make mischief ("That's what leprechauns do... Along with our more important duties," says Ari in a kind of refrain). Painting the hooves of Mrs. Ballybunion's cow red and tying Old Jamie Bradley's drying long johns in a knot keep the trio more than amused. By tale's end--and rainbow's end--they're ready to do it all again. Bunting offers a kicky if slight outing here, bringing a dash of modern silliness to her twist on familiar lore. McCully (Mirette on the High Wire ) portrays the leprechauns as a craggy-yet-cute blend of dapper and disheveled fellows, donning red buckle shoes, bright green tail coats and blue-and-white striped stockings, all of which accent their smiling eyes. Scenes of the little heroes rolling in the grass or doing a jig in the bog will put a touch o' spring in readers' steps. Ages 5-8. (Jan.)

[Page 64]. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 February)

Gr 1-3 -As storm clouds gather ominously in the Irish sky, three diminutive leprechauns rouse themselves to dig up their pot of gold and place it at the end of the coming rainbow. Ari hurries Col and Boo along the country road, intent on accomplishing their task, but the friends can’t resist stopping to pull some mischievous pranks along the way, because "that’s what leprechauns do." They paint the hooves of Mrs. Ballybunion’s cow bright scarlet, tie Old Jamie Bradley’s drying long johns into a knot, and plant a yellow tennis ball in the nest of Miss Maudie Murphy’s hen. At last, as the raindrops begin to fall, the playful tricksters reach Padddywhackers Bog, dig up their treasure, and set it in place. As the rainbow arches across the sky to touch the pot of gold, the trio settles down to wait, but nobody finds the gold, as usual. Ari cheers up his disgruntled pals, saying "That gold’s waiting for just the right person." McCully graces this lighthearted story with her characteristically expressive and charming watercolors that eloquently capture the verdant beauty of the Irish countryside and the irrepressible personalities of the elves. An explanatory note about leprechauns is appended. A perfect choice for March story hours, this title can also be enjoyed all year long.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA

[Page 92]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
 
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