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King Puck

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by Michael Garland
     
 

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This magical story will set Irish eyes a-smiling!

The happy Irish farmer Seamus and his pet goat, Finny, seek the chance of a lifetime at the King Puck Festival. And as Seamus and Finny's adventure unfolds, you'll adore finding the fairies hidden in each of the radiant illustrations. Set against the backdrop of Ireland's oldest and most unusual fair, king puck

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This magical story will set Irish eyes a-smiling!

The happy Irish farmer Seamus and his pet goat, Finny, seek the chance of a lifetime at the King Puck Festival. And as Seamus and Finny's adventure unfolds, you'll adore finding the fairies hidden in each of the radiant illustrations. Set against the backdrop of Ireland's oldest and most unusual fair, king puck is a jig-reeling, kid-appealing tale of friendship, fun, and fairy magic!

Named one of the Top 100 Irish Americans by Irish America magazine, author and illustrator Michael Garland brilliantly captures the lushness of the Irish landscape and the warm-hearted cheer of the Irish spirit.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Rachel Geene
Seamus, an Irish farmer, and his goat, Finny, live on a mountain in Ireland. Seamus feels lonely because he has no one to talk to except his goat. At night, they read stories of Finn MacCool, a hero giant that ate a magic salmon and gained the gift of wisdom. Seamus wishes they had more books to read. One night, the fairies living on the mountain cast a spell on Finny, enabling him to talk. Then they find an invitation to the King Puck Festival, where the judges pick the best goat and crown him King Puck. Seamus and Finny attend the festival in Killorglin, but when the judges turn to look at Finny, they are unimpressed. Finny, however, steps forward and asks for another chance. Stunned as the goat recites the tale of Finn MacCool, the judges crown Finny as King Puck. These bright and colorful illustrations made me feel light-hearted and happy while I read the story. The characters are drawn with round edges, which shows how gentle they are. In the beginning of the story, the illustrations are on one page and the text on the other, but by the end, the illustrations take up the entire double-page spread, and author Michael Garland's use of white space reflects that Seamus feels alone in the beginning but extremely happy by the end. As a native of Ireland, Garland has actually been to the Puck Festival in Killorglin. No one knows the origin of the festival, but it could date back to the late seventeenth century when one legend says that a local goat saved the town by warning of an attack from Oliver Cromwell and the Roundheads. Reviewer: Rachel Geene
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Seamus and his goat, Finny, live near the most beautiful mountain in Ireland. Finny enjoys listening to Seamus reading the tales of the hero giant Finn MacCool, but Seamus is lonely and would also like some new books to read. So the nearby fairies cast a spell, making Finny able to speak. Then they bring them a notice of the King Puck Festival in Killorglin, where the judges pick the best goat to be crowned King Puck for a day. Of course the judges are impressed when Finny recites the tale of Finn MacCool for them. Finny is named "the only king in Ireland." He is granted one wish, and he asks for books. From then on, Seamus and Finny are really happy, and so are the fairies. Garland peoples his folktale with doll-like characters set in charming interiors with appropriate Irish details, and lush green landscapes complete with running streams and flowers bursting with color. The good citizens of Killorglin have polished round heads with pink cheeks and noses. Everyone from goats to fairies seems content, in particular Seamus and Finny on the final page, relaxing with their new books. In a note, Garland discusses his Irish roots and the real Puck Fair in Killorglin on the Ring of Kerry.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3
Farmer Seamus and his goat, Finny, live on the most beautiful mountain in Ireland, where each night he reads the stories of Finn MacCool (the only book he has). Life is simple and Seamus is content, but he wishes for someone to talk to. Fortunately, the fairies overhear him, and magically Finny begins to speak. When the two discover a handbill inviting everyone to the King Puck Festival where a lucky goat will be crowned king for one day, they make their way to Killorglin, and, predictably, Finny is chosen. The ending has a nice touch for book lovers: in answer to Finny's wish for more books, a librarian delivers new ones every week. An author's note explains the origin of the story. Garland's trademark illustrations feature a rotund, traditionally dressed Farmer Seamus, a sprightly, wide-eyed goat, and fairies set against authentic Irish landscapes. Children will be drawn in by these lively, colorful pictures, and they will delight in discovering the fairies hidden everywhere. This is a simple, silly story that youngsters will enjoy.
—Lee BockCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In the Irish town of Killorglin, they hold a festival where they crown a local goat as King Puck. From this local tradition, the author spins a tale of Seamus, who lives on a mountaintop and loves to read the Finn MacCool stories at night, sharing them with his pet goat, Finny. But he wishes for more books to read. The fairies who live nearby take pity and hatch a plan. They cast a spell on Finny, who begins to talk, and Seamus "discovers" a handbill advertising the Killorglin fair. Finny captures the crown when he tells a Finn MacCool tale, and his prize is anything he wishes. From that time on, the local librarian visits Seamus and Finny weekly. She provides them with all the books they could desire and a bit of company. Lively pictures of Ireland's green country embellish the text, and children will have great fun pointing out the hidden fairies. An author's note includes the origin of the legend and a photo of the author's Irish ancestors. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060848118
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/27/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,105,025
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Garlandwas inspired to write King Puck when he visited the beautiful Irish town of Killorglin. (He was also inspired by the heavenly Killorglin Golf Club!) He has illustrated several enchanting picture books, including James Patterson's Santakid and his own The Mouse Before Christmas. Most recently, he illustrated Gloria Estefan's The Magically Mysterious Adventures of Noelle the Bulldog and Noelle's Treasure Tale. Michael Garland lives in Patterson, New York, with his wife and three children. He hopes to visit Ireland again very soon.

Michael Garland es un autor y artista ganador de diversos premios y escritor de numerosos best sellers. Ha ilustrado más de veinte libros para niños, uno de los cuales es Las Mágicas y Misteriosas Aventuras de una Bulldog Llamada Noelle, por Gloria Estefan. También ilustró santakid, por James Patterson.

Michael Garlandwas inspired to write King Puck when he visited the beautiful Irish town of Killorglin. (He was also inspired by the heavenly Killorglin Golf Club!) He has illustrated several enchanting picture books, including James Patterson's Santakid and his own The Mouse Before Christmas. Most recently, he illustrated Gloria Estefan's The Magically Mysterious Adventures of Noelle the Bulldog and Noelle's Treasure Tale. Michael Garland lives in Patterson, New York, with his wife and three children. He hopes to visit Ireland again very soon.

Michael Garland es un autor y artista ganador de diversos premios y escritor de numerosos best sellers. Ha ilustrado más de veinte libros para niños, uno de los cuales es Las Mágicas y Misteriosas Aventuras de una Bulldog Llamada Noelle, por Gloria Estefan. También ilustró santakid, por James Patterson.

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King Puck 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
If you have not read King Puck by Michael Garland for St. Patrick's Day, you need to do yourself a favor and read it.  It is such a sweet, gentle, beautiful tale.  Here is how it starts: "Ah, Finny," Seamus said to his goat, "we're so lucky.  Our mountain is the most beautiful in all of Ireland."It was beautiful, but it was lonely.  Only the wee fairies lived nearby.  Seamus had no one to talk to but his goat! And that is how you set up a modern-day fairy tale.  The best goat in Ireland is crowned King Puck.  Finny is not the biggest, the strongest or the prettiest goat.  The judges scarcely notice him.  And yet, he is the best. Michael Garland's artwork is just as enchanting as the story:  Sweet, gentle and beautiful.  In short, perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for St. Patrick's Day Holiday reading!
NonieIL More than 1 year ago
This book is adorable. It is a great story about a real event that happens in the beautiful town of Killorglin. I would recommend it for kids of all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My little 2 year old grandaughter loves this book. Knows most of the story by heart and loves to pretend to read it and showing the wonderful pictures in it. I highly reccommend this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KindergartenRules More than 1 year ago
I teach Kindergarten and was looking for a book that the children would enjoy and we could do some fun lessons with. This is the one. I can't wait to see how they like it.