The Leprechaun Under the Bed


There is no peace at all for a poor leprechaun. Brian O'Shea summons banshees and ghosts to try and stop Sean McDonald from building a cottage right on top of his own home, but it's no use. Brian still ends up with a front door right under Sean?s bed. The leprechaun has to make the best of the situation. Yet as time goes on, the two develop an unusual alliance?one that comes in hand when danger arises.

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There is no peace at all for a poor leprechaun. Brian O'Shea summons banshees and ghosts to try and stop Sean McDonald from building a cottage right on top of his own home, but it's no use. Brian still ends up with a front door right under Sean?s bed. The leprechaun has to make the best of the situation. Yet as time goes on, the two develop an unusual alliance?one that comes in hand when danger arises.

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Publishers Weekly
The luck o’ the Irish—even if it comes from a begrudging leprechaun—is alive and well in Bateman’s original folktale set on the Emerald Isle. All is pleasant and peaceful in cobbler/leprechaun Brian O’Shea’s underground home, until a man named Sean MacDonald begins building a cottage overhead. Brian conjures headless ghosts and a banshee to stop Sean’s encroachment on his turf, to no avail (“It’s just like my sainted mother always told me,” Sean says. “The land of Ireland is full of magic and surprises”). Brian makes a trap door underneath Sean’s bed so he can pop into the cottage unseen, but Sean catches on soon enough, and the two come to an unspoken understanding that serves them both. Bateman (The Christmas Pups) sprinkles her humorous prose with traditional folklore tropes, but the end result feels pleasantly fresh. In his jaunty watercolor and acrylic paintings, Meisel (The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories) captures a timeless countryside dotted with stone walls, thatch roof cottages, and patches of green. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Emily Griffin
Brian O'Shea, a Leprechaun, lives alone in a cozy home under the ground. His quiet life in Ireland is interrupted when a man builds a cottage overhead. A hardworking farmer, Sean MacDonald is not scared off by the ghosts, banshees, and other tricks Brian uses in an attempt to rid his home of this pesky human. Sean, more open minded than Brian to sharing his home, begins to leave food out for the Leprechaun. When Sean falls on hard times, Brian leaves out gold coins, but folks in town become a bit suspicious and Sean returns home one day to find burglars searching his home, hoping to find a chest of gold coins. Brian uses his Leprechaun magic to scare away the thieves. These two unlikely friends proceed to live peacefully in their shared cottage home. Meisel uses acrylic and watercolor paints, which add character to the good natured mischief and traditional folktale feel of the book. This humorous, original tale would be a good fit for St. Patrick's Day and for those interested in Irish stories. Reviewer: Emily Griffin
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Brian O'Shea loves his solitary life. He has built a home underground where he happily cobbles shoes. When a tall human, Sean McDonald, decides to build a cottage right above his home, the leprechaun is distressed. He tries to scare the intruder away with ghosts, but to no avail. Brian creates a front door under Sean's bed and begins to devise ways to disturb his sleep with hammering and thumping. Whenever Sean seems to move, the leprechaun whispers that it is only the cat making noises. That works until Sean realizes that he doesn't have a cat and must be blessed with a lucky wee friend. He leaves food for Brian and talks to him, and a comfortable alliance is made. When robbers break into Sean's home, the leprechaun's magic saves the day. This nicely told story with a sprinkling of enchantment is complemented with lively, simple illustrations depicting plain country life. Children will love this story and ask to hear it at any time of the year, but it is a wonderful choice for St. Patrick's Day.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
Kirkus Reviews
Mischief ensues when Sean, a human, accidentally builds his cottage over the home of Brian, a leprechaun. Brian awakens Sean nightly with his cobbling. Before the man can find him, Brian lulls him back to sleep saying, "Now don't you be fretting your wee little head. It's only a cat under the bed." Good-natured Sean is not fooled, for "[h]is mother had always said that a leprechaun in the house was a fine piece of luck," and he begins leaving food for Brian. The use of dialect lends flavor to the tale while the gentle cadence makes clear that the prank, while a test, is not malicious. Acrylic and watercolor illustrations in primary colors have the innocent feeling of children's drawings and depict the growing alliance between the two. When hard times hit, Brian gives Sean first one, then another gold coin to buy food. Tongues wag about Sean's rumored wealth, and, in an up-tick to the pace, robbers threaten Sean in his home. When they hear a noise, Sean tells them, "It's only the cat under the bed." With a bit of leprechaun magic, Brian has become a wildcat--and the image practically leaps off the page! At the satisfying conclusion of this original tale, the robbers run away leaving Sean and Brian, now friends for life, in peace. 'Tis a grand thing. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823422210
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 974,584
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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