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Or How that Pot o’ Gold Got to the End of the Rainbow

by Stephen Krensky & illustrated by Dan Andreasen

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Jan. 9th, 2007
ISBN: 0-689-85112-X
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Is it possible? Too many leprechauns? It is when their infernal tapping from busily making fairy shoes keeps the whole town awake. When Finn returns home to Dingle, he finds his village turned upside down and sleep-deprived. If he wants some of his mom’s soda bread, he needs a plan to stop the noise so she can get a good night’s sleep. Can Finn convince the leprechauns that all their gold has disappeared and strike a deal that if they leave town, he’ll return it? Cue the rainbow. The jaunty oil-on-paper illustrations embellish the usual depictions of leprechauns, so pudgy-cheeked here that they invite pinching. Boxed text on one side apposes bordered scenes on the other, with double spreads stretching out the humor. “Gilty” of being a good read, despite the lack of anything to suggest whether it is an original story or a folktale. (Picture book. 4-7)