Reviews for Leprechaun Under the Bed


Booklist Reviews 2012 February #2
Leprechaun Brian O'Shea enjoys his quiet country life as a shoemaker--that is, until "big tall human people" start moving in nearby, including Sean MacDonald, who is building his home atop Brian's. When leprechaun magic doesn't deter Sean, Brian builds a door beneath Sean's bed, giving Brian access to his abode, which he uses to stealthily and mischievously disrupt Sean's sleep while cobbling at night. But, increasingly, their paths cross in subtle ways--Sean leaves food for the presumed under-the-bed "cat"; and when Sean faces hard times, gold coins appear. Alas, gold draws the attention of burglars, putting Sean at risk. The peppy, descriptive prose incorporates colloquial speech, while cartoonish watercolor-acrylic illustrations depict characters, events, and settings with playful perspectives and details. The book celebrates friendship and conveys the rewards to be found in generosity toward others. Overall, this mix of magic and humor will delight young readers long past Saint Patty's Day. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Sean McDonald inadvertently builds his house over leprechaun Brian O'Shea's home. Though Brian tries to scare Sean away at first, the two eventually reach an unspoken agreement. When hard times hit, Brian shares his gold with Sean, and the two work together to thwart a robbery. Meisel's whimsical acrylic and watercolor illustrations add an additional layer of lightheartedness to the well-paced story.

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Kirkus Reviews 2012 February #1
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) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 January #4

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.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 March

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

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