Daniel O'Rourke: An Irish Tale

Daniel O'Rourke: An Irish Tale

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by Gerald McDermott
     
 

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Poor Daniel O'Rourke! His trouble begins when he goes a grand party at the great mansion on the hill. He stuffs himself with green cheese and goose liver and dances till he can dance no more. On the way home, Dan pauses to rest by the pooka's spirit wall - little does he realize his peril! The fine summer night suddenly turns into a nightmare, as a rushing river… See more details below

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Poor Daniel O'Rourke! His trouble begins when he goes a grand party at the great mansion on the hill. He stuffs himself with green cheese and goose liver and dances till he can dance no more. On the way home, Dan pauses to rest by the pooka's spirit wall - little does he realize his peril! The fine summer night suddenly turns into a nightmare, as a rushing river sweeps Dan off into a series of bizarre adventures.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 4 On his way home from a party, Daniel O'Rourke becomes the target of the pooka spirit's mischief and is led from one perilous plight to another. McDermott has pared down the 19th-Century T. Crofton Croker version of this Irish folk tale and made it accessible to the young. Remaining faithful to its structure, he plays up the action and plays down the verbosities, retaining just enough of the language to hint at the Irish brand of humor central to the Croker version. He sidesteps altogether the premise that Daniel's woes come from drink, instead noting that Daniel feasted on ``green cheese and goose livers until he thought he would burst.'' McDermott's illustrations are playful and full of momentum, yet every composition, defined in sepia ink, is meticulous, as if the frenzied moments have been captured for close inspection. The watercolors combine deep night blues, rich and evocative, with the dazzling verdure and pale mist of his Irish countryside, his pastel pencil adding texture and depth. Daniel himself is a figure of fun, although there is the slightest echo of St. Patrick's Day greeting-card art about him. The only characterization that seems a bit humorless is the man in the moon; in such a tale one suspects that everyone would look a bit like an Irishmen, not so otherwordly and faceless as this fellow. This, however, is quibbling; the book abounds with merriment and artistry and is perfect for group telling on St. Patrick's Day and all year round. Susan Powers, Berkeley Carroll Street School, Brooklyn

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ISBN-13:
9780758793003
Publisher:
Book Wholesalers, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2002

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