There Was Once a Man Named Michael Finnegan

There Was Once a Man Named Michael Finnegan

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by Mary Ann Hoberman, Nadine Bernard Westcott
     
 

Every child knows some version of this silly song, but in this sly adaptation, Michael Finnegan's mysteriously recurring whiskers are just the beginning of his comic adventures. This familiar tale is spiced up with a hilarious twist and some quirky characters!

Author Biography: Mary Ann Hoberman and Nadine Bernard Westcott also collaborated on There Once

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Every child knows some version of this silly song, but in this sly adaptation, Michael Finnegan's mysteriously recurring whiskers are just the beginning of his comic adventures. This familiar tale is spiced up with a hilarious twist and some quirky characters!

Author Biography: Mary Ann Hoberman and Nadine Bernard Westcott also collaborated on There Once Was a Man Named Michael Finnegan (insert page reference) and The Eensy Weensy Spider. Ms. Hoberman lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Ms. Westcott lives on Nantucket.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Several books invite youngsters to join in the fun. There Once Was a Man Named Michael Finnegan, adapted by Mary Ann Hoberman, illus. by Nadine Bernard Westcott, is a silly song that instructs young singers to "begin-igan" at the end of each verse. On a vertical spread, "Michael played the violin-igan,/ Tucked it underneath his chin-igan,/ Played so loud it was a sin-igan,/ Noisy Michael Finnegan, begin-igan." Westcott illustrates each lively scene with humorous details; the baby and the cat look even more distressed than the rest of the family. Music and lyrics are included. ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this contagiously rhythmic adaptation of the sing-along about a man named Finnegan whose whiskers get shaved but keep growing back, we learn the rest of the story. Each verse offers a lively, silly insight into the man behind the whiskers, whose story is ushered onward with the refrain "begin-igan." He loves to play the violin and have a good ole' time, but unfortunately people just can't stand to hear his raucous, awful music. This creates a lot of tension with his neighbors and his family members. Finally he meets a stray dog who thinks his violin-playing is just dandy, and the two buy a house and live happily, and noisily, ever after. For children who love to sing, this book will be a homerun, especially when a quick pick-me-up is needed. The watercolor illustrations are zany and vibrant, a perfect accompaniment to the text. 2001, Megan Tingley Books/Little Brown, . Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Karen Deans
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The successful author-illustrator team behind such titles as Miss Mary Mack (1998) and The Eensy-Weensy Spider (2000, both Little, Brown) has brought another silly song into the world of picture books. Poor Michael Finnegan's violin playing is sorely underappreciated. It is only when he finds a dog he names Quinn-igan (who enjoys the awful "din-igan" of the "violin-igan") that the man is truly happy. In this adapted and elongated version of the traditional song, verses have been added to create some semblance of a story. Sometimes it's a bit of a stretch, as when Michael Finnegan "Took the money from their tin-igan,/Bought a house and moved right in-igan" or when he "Played so loud it was a sin-igan." Still, the book is sure to be a hit with the storytime crowd. The exuberance of this silly romp is wonderfully conveyed in the wacky watercolor-and-ink illustrations that show the tattered, unshaven man and his grinning canine companion.-Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, Fairfield, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316363013
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Edition description:
1ST ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.86(w) x 11.29(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a 3 year old and a 6 year old and after singing the story to them, they wanted to hear it over and over and over. The poetry is clever and easy enough for the young to empathize. They would sing the song to me (or at least their favorite parts). I love it.