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Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka (Picture Puffins) [Paperback]

By Tomie dePaola (Author) & Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
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While his wife is away, a lazy man relies on a pooka to clean up the messes that he and his friends make.

Publishers Description
When Jamie O'Rourke's wife leaves him alone for a week, it's up to Jamie to do the housework. But Jamie isn't just the laziest man in Ireland, he's also the messiest When a magical pooka arrives unexpectedly and starts to do the dishes and sweep the house, Jamie thinks that maybe he's the luckiest man in Ireland as well. But will Jamie's good fortune-and his pooka's housekeeping-last? Young readers will be giggling through Tomie dePaola's delightfully funny sequel to Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato.
"DePaola's jaunty storytelling pace and his snappy Irish phrases give this tale extra sparkle." "Publishers Weekly," starred review

Awards and Recognitions
Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka (Picture Puffins) by Tomie dePaola has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Golden Sower Award - 2002 Nominee - Grades K-3 category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka (Picture Puffins) by Tomie dePaola has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1278
  • PW Notes and Reprints - 02/04/2002 page 78
  • Publishers Weekly - 02/04/2002

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.07" Width: 8.08" Height: 0.2"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 14, 2002
Publisher   Putnam Juvenile
Age  4-8
ISBN  069811924X  
ISBN13  9780698119246  
UPC  051488006992  

Availability  0 units.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tomie dePaola ( is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 250 books for children. His books range from autobiographical stories to retellings of folktales and legends to original tales, such as the Strega Nona books. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > European
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Stories
4Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Humorous
5Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8

Reviews - What do customers think about Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka (Picture Puffins)?

With the Wife Away Jamie Meets up with a Pooka  Mar 8, 2007
Ah and I'll be telling you true this is a better story than the one about the pratie(potato)by Paola. Fun to read to your 1st grade students aloud as they listen to another fascinating tale of the laziest man in all of Ireland, Jamie O'Rourke.

This time around Jamie's wife leaves him to go visit her sister who is having her baby. Jamie and his cronies wreck havoc on the home. Being lazy just like Jamie their pal, the cronies after a night of festive partying leave the mess to Jamie for cleaning up. But a Pooka comes in the night and cleans it all up for him. Night after night as Jamie watches and wonders the Pooka returns and then Jamie finally manages to confront him. Through the course of the story Jamie learns a Pooka is a lazy man trapped to do all the work in this strange form, work avoided in the last life. Think "learn your lesson Jamie" . But does this change Jamie, straighten him out? Scare him even?

Never fear Jamie really is the laziest of all men bound even to cheat the undertaker of this punishment for his lazy ways I fear.
It's a cute read for a class, my 1-sters loved it. Too bad he hasn't created another. Erin go Braugh..
Cute  Mar 17, 2006
Jamie O'Rourke is the laziest man in all of Ireland, and when his wife goes off to visit her sister, she leaves him with clear instructions on how he should run the home in her absence. However, when Jamie's friends show up to help him eat the food his wife left, he finds himself confronted with a gigantic mess. But, when a pooka shows up and does the cleaning up for him, Jamie is the luckiest man. Now, what reward should he give the pooka?

This is a very cute book. The story is very simple and easy to understand, making it just right for the little reader, and the illustrations are colorful and quite pleasing. Overall, I thought this was a grand book, with a charming story, with a surprising ending. Did Jamie O'Rourke learn a lesson? Well, no, but reading this book you might just learn something about gratitude.
A wonderfully amusing book  Jul 24, 2003
My six year old son and I loved reading this book together. He's now eight and we still enjoy it. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to be amused.
Not up to De Paola's usual snuff  Feb 27, 2002
In brief, my husband and I were disappointed in this book. The depiction of the teeth-baring, donkey-like, and definitely not cute pooka is quite sinister--I thought my 3 1/2 year old would be afraid of it, but she's in a bit of stage where she's intrigued by evil characters lately. The story itself isn't too scary, but in the end the moral basically seems to say that O'Rourke shouldn't have taken pity on the cold, hard-working pooka, that his one act of unselfishness backfires. What kind of lesson is that for a child? We love just about everything else De Paola has published, so this book took us by surprise.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.....  Feb 4, 2002
Jamie O'Rourke is the laziest man in all of Ireland. When his wife, Eileen, visits her sister to help with the new baby, Jamie figures the easiest way to keep the house nice and clean is to stay in bed and rest all week. But when his friends come over with a jug of cider to keep him company, and help him eat all the good food Eileen prepared before she left, they leave quite a mess for Jamie to clean up. "...But the mere sight of the messy cottage made him the most tired man in all of Ireland, as well as the laziest. So he went to bed..." In the middle of the night, Jamie was awakened by a noise. There in the cottage was a donkey-like creature, a pooka, standing on two legs, cleaning and washing and sweeping. Jamie couldn't believe his good fortune. Night after night, all week long, his friends came to have a fine old time eating and laughing and making a terrible mess. And every night after Jamie had gone to sleep, the pooka came and cleaned everything up for him. But never fear, this hard working pooka is just too good to last, and Jamie O'Rourke is about to find out the hard way on the night before Eileen comes home..... Tomie dePaola is back with another delightful and entertaining Jamie O'Rourke misadventure. His easy to read, charming text, based on an old Irish folk tale is only outdone by his very engaging and familiar artwork, and youngsters will enjoy all the wonderful facial expressions and humorous detail in each picture. With an author's note at the end explaining the pooka in Irish folklore, Jamie O'Rourke And The Pooka is an endearing, good time read that's perfect for St Patrick's Day, or any other day of the year. Tomie dePaola is an American treasure. You can never go wrong with one of his books.

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