Synopses & Reviews
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. Includes an Author's Note about leprechauns and rainbows. Full color.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
'\"A good introduction to [Saint Patrick\'s Day\'s] wee fairy symbols. Caldecott-winner McCully\'s sprightly watercolors bring...story to life.\" KIRKUS'
"Lively ink and watercolor illustrations energize the playful story."
'\"A great read-aloud, this will strike a chord with children who...can\'t resist a little mischievous fun.\" BOOKLIST'
"A good introduction to [Saint Patrick's Day's] wee fairy symbols. Caldecott-winner McCully's sprightly watercolors bring...story to life." KIRKUS Kirkus Reviews
"Bunting offers a kicky...outing here, bringing a dash of modern silliness to her twist on familiar lore." PW Publishers Weekly
"A great read-aloud, this will strike a chord with children who...can't resist a little mischievous fun." BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA
"Charming watercolors...A perfect choice for March story hours, this title can also be enjoyed all year long." SLJ School Library Journal
"Lively ink and watercolor illustrations energize the playful story." Horn Book Guide
Bunting offers a kicky outing here, bringing a dash of modern silliness to her twist on familiar lore.
Caldecott-winner McCullys sprightly watercolors bring [the] story to life.
The three leprechauns Ari, Boo, and Col have a job to do. They must race to where theyve buried the pot of gold and dig it up before the rainbow comes. The clouds are already gathering, so therell be no time for mischief along the way.
But Mrs. Ballybunions cow, Miss Maud Murphys hen, and Old Jamie soon find out that the three clever fellows cant resist having a little fun on the road to Paddywhackers Bog. For, in addition to putting a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, mischief is what leprechauns do!
Delightful illustrations from a Caldecott medalist and a playful text written in a lilting Irish style make this a perfect story for St. Patricks Day or any other time of year. Includes an authors note about leprechauns and rainbows.
What do leprechauns do? They bury a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, of course. But as Mrs. Bally Bunions ox, Miss Maude Murphys hen, and Old Jamie soon find out, they cant 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 thats perfect for mischief makers of all ages!
About the Author
'Emily Arnold McCully, recipient of the 1993 Caldecott Medal, has illustrated more than a hundred books for children. She spends part of the year in New York City and part in Chatham, New York.Storytelling and the magic of words have always been important to Eve Bunting. She grew up in Northern Ireland, where storytelling is a tradition, and came to America as a young mother. Eve writes every day and her ideas come from what excites and interests her. She has the unique ability to address contemporary social issues, from homelessness to illiteracy, in a sensitive manner, and at the same time to explore the dynamics of family relationships. Eve Bunting is the author of more than 200 beloved books for young people, from preschoolers to teenagers. Among her many popular picture books for Clarion are THE WALL, FLY AWAY HOME, and TRAIN TO SOMEWHERE. Ms. Bunting lives in Pasadena, California.'