Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka

Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka

by Tomie dePaola


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698119246
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 105,225
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: AD810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934, to a family of Irish and Italian background. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California. 

His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for lifetime contribution to children's literature in 2011.

DePaola has published almost 200 children's books in 15 different countries over the past 30 years. Among his most well-known titles are the Strega Nona series, 26 Fairmount Avenue, and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.

DePaola lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.


Connecticut and New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1935

Place of Birth:

Meriden, CT

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Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun story, my daughter likes to reread it and enjoys laughing at the word and thought of a Pooka!
NEC More than 1 year ago
Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka kept my son's attention through out the story. It is a cute story that excersises the imagination. After the first read through my son liked it so much he read it to me several times more and he's gone back to the book several times since. He and I both enjoyed the characters very much. He wasn't sure what a Pooka was and we had both seen Harvey with Jimmy Stewart so he understood what a Pooka was with that refrence.
nmhale on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Jamie O'Rourke is the laziest man in Ireland. When his wife goes away for a week, he's supposed to look after the home ... instead, he has a party with his friends! They make a huge mess that Jamie dreads to clean. That night, a pooka comes to his house and does all the cleaning for him. Ecstatic, Jamie relies on the Pooka to clean up all the messes from his nightly parties, and he's so pleased with the Pooka's work that he decides to give him a reward. Only, Jamie may regret that simple gift of a coat.The characters in this story are engaging, with a dash of mischievous spice. I enjoy dePaola's work for his lovable characters, that are good but flawed, approachable, and I also enjoy his story lines that draw on so many different cultural beliefs and legends. In this book, we have the Pooka, a mythical creature populating many Irish legends, but likely unfamiliar to American audiences. The novelty of the character, and the upbeat and humorous plot, are sure to draw kids and adults.
smmote on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Jamie O'Rourke is the messiest and laziest man in Ireland, who's wife, Eileen, leaves him home for a week and expects him to clean the dishes and sweep the house. Jamie O'Rourke gets really lucky when a magical pooka comes to do all of the housework for him. Jamie's kindness breaks the spell cast on the Pooka who no longer has to do the housework, and sure enough leaves him with a messy house for his wife to come home to!
claire.cavell on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Jamie O'Rourke is one of the laziest men, if not the laziest, in Ireland. When his wife is gone for a week his friends come over every night to drink cider and eat. After the first night Jamie was too tired to clean up, of course, so he drifted to sleep but was then awoken by a strange creature with long ears and a tail. When he had the courage to get out of bed the creature was already gone and the mess he had left was clean! This became a ritual and the mysterious Pooka returned every night until Jamie confronted the Pooka and offered him a jacket,the creatures mission was complete and the mess was left for Jamie but really for his wife.
GeniusBabies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another great book by Tomie dePaola. The best part about reading this book aloud is the Irish accents, dePaola does a fantastic job of capturing Irish mannerisms. The book is also the perfect length for a bedtime read. A great tale and message as well. Beware, the Pooka is scary!
Nanvar More than 1 year ago
Our 4 and 6 year old grandsons have really enjoyed this book. They understand being messy and the consequences.
LoveHistoryVA More than 1 year ago
Jamie O'Rourke is one of those hilarious characters of Irish legend and TOmie de Paola's terrific illustrations make this a classic.