That's What Leprechauns Do

That's What Leprechauns Do Cover

That's What Leprechauns Do

By Eve Bunting; Emily Arnold McCully (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618354108, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2006

Description

The three leprechauns Ari, Boo, and Col have a job to do. They must race to where they’ve buried the pot of gold and dig it up before the rainbow comes. The clouds are already gathering, so there’ll be no time for mischief along the way.

But Mrs. Ballybunion’s cow, Miss Maud Murphy’s hen, and Old Jamie soon find out that the three clever fellows can’t 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. Patrick’s Day or any other time of year. Includes an author’s note about leprechauns and rainbows.



About the Author
Eve Bunting was born in Ireland and came to California with her husband and three children. She is one of the most acclaimed and versatile children's book authors, with more than two hundred novels and picture books to her credit. Among her honors are many state awards, the Kerlan Award, the Golden Kite Award, the Regina Medal, the Mystery Writers of America and the Western Writers of America awards, and a PEN International Special Achievement award for her contribution to children's literature. In 2002, Ms. Bunting was chosen to be Irish-American Woman of the Year by the Irish-American Heritage Committee of New York.

Emily Arnold McCully received the CaldecottMedal for Mirette on the High Wire. The illustrator of more than 40 books for young readers, she has a lifelong interest in history and feminist issues. She divides her time between Chatham, New York, and New York City.


Praise For That's What Leprechauns Do

"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