King Puck

King Puck

Book - 2007 | First edition.
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This magical story will set Irish eyes a-smiling! The happy Irish farmer Seamus and his pet goat, Finny, seek the chance of a lifetime at the King Puck Festival. And as Seamus and Finny's adventure unfolds, you'll adore finding the fairies hidden in each of the radiant illustrations. Set against the backdrop of Ireland's oldest and most unusual fair, king puck is a jig-reeling, kid-appealing tale of friendship, fun, and fairy magic! Named one of the Top 100 Irish Americans by "Irish America" magazine, author and illustrator Michael Garland brilliantly captures the lushness of the Irish landscape and the warm-hearted cheer of the Irish spirit.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [2007]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780060848095
Branch Call Number: JP Garla
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm


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Kidbookqueen Mar 19, 2017

Finny the goat is named for Finn MacCool, a warrior in Irish mythology who ate some magic salmon and grew wise. Thanks to some fairy magic that enables Finny to start talking, he and his owner, Seamus, head into the town of Killorglin to participate in the annual King Puck competition.

A puck is a wild male goat in Ireland and the Puck Festival is a very old tradition where a goat is crowned King. It is said to be in honor of the Paul Revere of goats, who warned the townspeople of an incoming English invasion.

The ending is suitable for librarians and teachers everywhere, as when, spoiler alert -- Finny wins and is crowned King Puck -- he and Seamus ask for their prize to be more books!!

This is a great read-aloud if you can find someone with an Irish accent, or can impersonate one yourself. Great to read with Tomie dePaola's Finn M'Coul, the Giant of Knockmany Hill! The festival is every August 10 and there are lots of resources online if you want to create your own Puck Fair. It is also a nice story for a St. Patrick's day storytime.

Jan 05, 2014

A good Irish Fairy Tale.

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