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Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka
     

Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka

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by Tomie dePaola
 

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When Jamie O'Rourke's wife leaves him alone for a week, it's up to Jamie to do the housework. But Jamie isn't just the laziest man in Ireland, he's also the messiest! When a magical pooka arrives unexpectedly and starts to do the dishes and sweep the house, Jamie thinks that maybe he's the luckiest man in Ireland as well. But will Jamie's good fortune-and his

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When Jamie O'Rourke's wife leaves him alone for a week, it's up to Jamie to do the housework. But Jamie isn't just the laziest man in Ireland, he's also the messiest! When a magical pooka arrives unexpectedly and starts to do the dishes and sweep the house, Jamie thinks that maybe he's the luckiest man in Ireland as well. But will Jamie's good fortune-and his pooka's housekeeping-last? Young readers will be giggling through Tomie dePaola's delightfully funny sequel to Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a starred review, PW wrote, "Lazy but lovable Jamie O'Rourke returns in this dandy and original Irish folktale." Ages 4-6. (Jan.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Jamie, the laziest man in all of Ireland, is nevertheless intent about keeping the cottage clean until his wife returns home from visiting her sister. When his three cronies learn that Jamie is alone, they go to keep him company. What a time they have! And what a mess they make. Overwhelmed by the thought of cleaning, Jamie heads to bed only to be awakened by a donkey that cleans the entire house. Jamie has a good deal going with this pooka, or animal spirit, until it outwits him. DePaola's character of Jamie O'Rourke returns in this story patterned on an old Irish tale. His familiar illustration style takes on a cartoon look for this charming and whimsical story. There is a lilt to the prose that makes this a fun read- aloud. DePaola gets us to feel a bit of pity for the rascally Jamie, the laziest man in all of Ireland. 2000, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Ages 4 to 8, $16.99. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Still no more energetic than in Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato (Putnam, 1992), the laziest man in Ireland has the perfect plan for keeping his cottage tidy while his wife is away-he'll simply stay in bed and get up only to eat. When his pals arrive with a jug of cider and hearty appetites, Jamie finds himself with a messy cottage and the exhausting prospect of cleaning up. During the night, a pooka comes and clears away all evidence of the evening's party. The donkeylike creature returns each night to tidy up. Curious, Jamie asks why he is being so kind. He explains that he is being punished for laziness in a past life. Jamie is moved to perform a kind deed in return, which he immediately regrets-the pooka is now free and the indolent man is left alone just in time for Eileen to return to the mess. In some scenes, dePaola's liquid acrylic paintings spill over their frames onto the white space surrounding them. Particularly frenzied activity, like the pooka's midnight house cleaning, is depicted in multiple frames that resemble a comic strip. The pooka, with his wild yellow eyes and toothy grimace, looks sinister enough to satisfy young readers who enjoy a scare, while Jamie's cat's and dog's facial expressions reflect their owner's changing moods. A concluding author's note explaining the story's origins in Irish folklore is a satisfying addition to an enjoyable original tale.-Ginny Gustin, Santa Monica Public Library, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Midwest Book Review
Jamie's wife leaves him for a week and all he has to do is keep the house clean: not a small challenge for the messiest man in Ireland -- and the laziest. A magical pooka may be able to help -- or perhaps not, in this fun story.
Bonnie Fowler
Use this laughable read-aloud, with its moment-by-moment illustrations and its message against laziness, as a fine introduction to the pookas of literature.
Bookbag Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756910167
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Picture Puffins
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Connecticut and New Hampshire
Date of Birth:
September 15, 1935
Place of Birth:
Meriden, CT
Website:
http://www.tomie.com/main.html

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Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun story, my daughter likes to reread it and enjoys laughing at the word and thought of a Pooka!
NEC More than 1 year ago
Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka kept my son's attention through out the story. It is a cute story that excersises the imagination. After the first read through my son liked it so much he read it to me several times more and he's gone back to the book several times since. He and I both enjoyed the characters very much. He wasn't sure what a Pooka was and we had both seen Harvey with Jimmy Stewart so he understood what a Pooka was with that refrence.
Nanvar More than 1 year ago
Our 4 and 6 year old grandsons have really enjoyed this book. They understand being messy and the consequences.
LoveHistoryVA More than 1 year ago
Jamie O'Rourke is one of those hilarious characters of Irish legend and TOmie de Paola's terrific illustrations make this a classic.