One, Two, Three O'Leary

One, Two, Three O'Leary

by Malachy Doyle, Will Hillenbrand
     
 

One, two, three O'Leary,

Four, five, six O'Leary,

Seven, eight, nine O'Leary,

Ten O'Leary children.

Ten O'Leary children are tucked snugly in bed -- but not for long! One by one they bounce out of bed...and the fun continues, even as Dad gets ready to go to his nighttime job while trying to settle his little ones down once more.

In this delectable,

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One, two, three O'Leary,

Four, five, six O'Leary,

Seven, eight, nine O'Leary,

Ten O'Leary children.

Ten O'Leary children are tucked snugly in bed -- but not for long! One by one they bounce out of bed...and the fun continues, even as Dad gets ready to go to his nighttime job while trying to settle his little ones down once more.

In this delectable, rhythmic book Malachy Doyle draws upon the traditional Irish rhymes that he loved as a child. With fun, lively illustrations by Will Hillenbrand, a bedtime game comes to life!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Doyle (The Bold Boy) skips down memory lane for this dandy collection of ditties culled from his childhood in Ireland. As the book opens, Hillenbrand (Asleep in the Stable, reviewed Sept. 27) depicts a peacefully slumbering band of siblings. Tucked in their big fluffy bed, the 10 O'Leary kids seem a cute and cuddly bunch. But the peace and quiet do not last for long before the brood shows its rambunctious side. Jumping, climbing and flipping among the pillows and bedclothes, the children act as a lively backdrop for such traditional playground chants as "Eeny, meeny, macka racka,/ Em, oh, dominacka,/ Alla backa, sugaracka,/ Om, pom, push!" Mom (in her bunny slippers), Dad and the family cat and dog also join in the rumpus, enjoying themselves just as much as the wee ones. Though young readers may not be familiar with Doyle's particular verses, most kids will easily identify with the bouncy nursery-rhyme/childhood-game style. Hillenbrand expands his mixed-media technique to include elements of collage. As a result, several characters on different spreads pop with color, depth and motion, seeming about to tumble right off the page. Among the kicky details is a toothsome toy box at the foot of the bed rendered in spotted green; it opens and closes like a crocodile's mouth. The artist plants plenty of fun tidbits: counting up the O'Learys or locating their pets in any given scene offers some bonus amusement. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Chockablock with tongue-twisting rhymes, this book is a natural for young children having fun with language. Doyle has selected an assortment of nonsense rhymes from his childhood in Ireland and strung them together to create a story of sorts. While not a fully fleshed out story, the rhymes themselves are delightful to the ear and fun to try to say aloud. The title rhyme begins the story and others, more obscure but equally engaging, continue it on. Teachers who are searching for books of language play as they address phonemic awareness in their classrooms will be glad to know of this book. Children will have great fun reproducing the rhymes as they read along with an adult. Hillenbrand's illustrations feature round, cherubic children who are literally spilling off the pages. Reminiscent of Tomie dePaola, the palette is soft but vivid and his use of perspective cleverly keeps the laden bed exciting. The silliness of the rhymes is mirrored in the fun-filled illustrations. Children who look carefully at the illustrations will see that the ten O'Leary children fall off the bed one by one until they are all on the floor. 2004, McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, Ages 3 to 7.
—Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Doyle strings together traditional skipping, ball-bouncing, and counting-out rhymes to create a boisterous bedtime story. The 10 O'Leary children are tucked into a large bed by their parents. As soon as their mother and father leave the room, however, they begin to bounce on the bed to a series of rhythmic rhymes ("Ibble obble,/Blue bottle,/Ibble obble OUT!" or "Red, white, and blue,/The cat's got flu,/The dog's got chicken pox,/And OUT goes you!"). Each poem ends with one of the children landing on the floor. Eventually, every young O'Leary is "OUT," and then the grown-ups come in to join the action. In the end, the little ones return to bed. Some of the rhymes are based on traditional Irish chants, and some are a bit nonsensical, but all are great fun. Featuring crisp, bold colors, the collage and mixed-media illustrations show this family enjoying a rip-roaring good time. The tongue-twisting text will have kids laughing out loud.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
There's really no plot here beyond ten small children cavorting in the spirit of "five little monkeys jumping on the bed." No matter: children abound in brightly colored illustrations that resemble Tomie de Paola's in palette and facial expressions. Each double-paged spread features one or two irresistible verses that have their origins in traditional ball bouncing, skipping, or counting out verses from the British Isles-"Icker backer, / Soda cracker, / Icker backer boo. / Number two O'Leary- / OUT goes you!" In spite of the high energy, this has a comfortable feel, partly due to the circular plot-each child ends up in the same position in bed as before the entire ruckus. And because the rhymes-or at least their infectious rhythms-are likely to be familiar to a wide range of children, the collection, with plenty to look at on each page, should easily attract children's attention. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689855139
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.22(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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