Seamus McNamus: The Goat Who Would Be King

Seamus McNamus: The Goat Who Would Be King

by Mike Lester, Rob Kurtz
     
 

Rob Kurtz and Mike Lester, winner of The National Cartoonist Society Award for Best Book Illustrations in 2007, bring us the enchanting Seamus McNamus: The Goat Who Would Be King.
This modern-day folktale, based on the traditions of the centuries-old Puck Fair in Ireland, chronicles the journey of a very unlikely kingoa goat named Seamus McNamus. The funny

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Rob Kurtz and Mike Lester, winner of The National Cartoonist Society Award for Best Book Illustrations in 2007, bring us the enchanting Seamus McNamus: The Goat Who Would Be King.
This modern-day folktale, based on the traditions of the centuries-old Puck Fair in Ireland, chronicles the journey of a very unlikely kingoa goat named Seamus McNamus. The funny adventure begins when Seamus reluctantly takes up the crown to save the McFadden family farm. Rich in humor, lore, and love, this book's gentle message reminds us that sometimes it's the most unexpected hero who saves the day.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Set on a farm in Ireland, this dizzy "almost true" story takes the form of a folktale with a modern twist. Readers are introduced to Seamus the goat and his family who produce cashmere wool, two cows who make milk, and the O'Donnells, two chickens who lay eggs. Unfortunately, these products are rapidly becoming obsolete and Farmer McFadden, reluctantly but practically, is considering hamburgers, boneless breasts, and perhaps goat stew. Seamus is elected by the animals to save their lives by earning some money, but how? The befuddled goat finds himself captured by exuberant villagers who need him to become the king of their three-day "Puck Fair." He loves the dancing and eating of pickles, but his friends insist that he take advantage of being king to save the farm. The goat-king's efforts involve more dancing, some very sinister robbers, and an all-out theatrical production by goats, cows, and chickens to convince the partying villagers that they really prefer cashmere to nylon, milk to soda, and fresh omelettes, even if they do have too much cholesterol. Seamus's trials and eventual triumph are raucously and amusingly pictured in award-winning illustrator Lester's wild ink-and-watercolor cartoons, bursting with action and saturated color. Seamus, the unlikely hero, has learned that being a king isn't all dancing and pickles; he has a final proclamation to deliver, but, as alert listeners may already have realized, when he speaks to humans, his words emerge only as "Baaa, baaa, baaa!" Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781600103377
Publisher:
Worthwhile Books
Publication date:
02/11/2009
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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