An Irish Hallowe'en

Overview

Halloween, the fastest growing holiday in the United States, is rooted in the ancient Irish celebration of "Snap Apple Night."

One Snap Apple Night proves trickier than most, however, thanks to three goblins who want to help their sick friend, the goblin Rua.

As the wee lads and lasses of the Emerald Isle prepare to bob for apples, dress up as spirits, and carve turnips, the ghastly goblins concoct a plan to capture Maise Magee. Maise, the ...

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Overview

Halloween, the fastest growing holiday in the United States, is rooted in the ancient Irish celebration of "Snap Apple Night."

One Snap Apple Night proves trickier than most, however, thanks to three goblins who want to help their sick friend, the goblin Rua.

As the wee lads and lasses of the Emerald Isle prepare to bob for apples, dress up as spirits, and carve turnips, the ghastly goblins concoct a plan to capture Maise Magee. Maise, the mother of eleven children, is also a "Wise Woman," and the terrible trio hopes that she can use her magic to heal Rua.

Will she be able to help the little devil? And if she does, will she be able to escape and return home to her husband and their eleven "t'ank Gods"? You never know, because anything can happen on An Irish Hallowe'en!

Sarah Kirwan Blazek was born in County Wexford, Ireland, where she celebrated many an Irish Hallowe'en. The author now makes her home in Chicago, Illinois, and teaches at Sacred Heart Academy/Hardey Preparatory School for Boys. She also is the author of An Irish Night Before Christmas, now with more than 45,000 copies in print, and A Leprechaun's St. Patrick's Day. Mrs. Blazek is the narrator of the companion audiocassette, which is a compilation of these two books. All are published by Pelican.

Illustrator James Rice, who provided the artwork for her previous books, has also collaborated with Mrs. Blazek on An Irish Hallowe'en. With more than one million copies of his fifty-plus books in print, he is lauded as one of the most respected and prolific creators of children's books today.

When Wise Woman Magee is tricked into nursing a goblin back to health, she only ecapes with the help of her children whose costumes frighten the goblins.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Blazek and Rice (An Irish Night Before Christmas) describe what ensues one "Snap Apple Night," when three goblins force a Wise Woman to cure their sick companion. Blazek's rhyming story includes potentially evocative vocabulary (a Bean Sidhe, or banshee, appears), but fails to explain the origins of any Irish customs whatsoever. Likewise, Rice's unpolished, grainy pencil-and-pastel sketches don't do justice to the promising material. Ages 5-8. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565544130
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Series: Night Before Christmas Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

James Rice (1934-2004), in his long, distinguished career as an author and illustrator, produced more than sixty children's books, among them several additions to The Night Before Christmas Series. Cajun Night Before Christmas , Rice's first book, has been nationally recognized as a classic in its genre. Rice taught art and music at both high school and college levels and loved teaching children the joys of writing and illustrating. With more than 2.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation's best-selling creators of children's books, having received awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children's Book Council.

Sarah Kirwan Blazek, born in County Wexford, Ireland, is now a teacher in Chicago, Illinois, and retains dual citizenship in both Ireland and the United States. She also is the author of An Irish Night Before Christmas and A Leprechaun's St. Patrick's Day, as well as the narrator of the companion audiocassette, which is a compilation of these two books. All are published by Pelican.

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