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The Leprechaun Under the Bed

The Leprechaun Under the Bed

Illustrated by Paul Meisel


The Leprechaun Under the Bed

About the Book

"A leprechaun can be alone without being lonely," says Brian O'Shea. 

And that's how Brian likes it-- so when a big human man tries to build a cottage on top of Brian's underground home, the leprechaun does his best to scare the fellow away with his magical tricks.

But Sean McDonald refuses to be frightened off-- and over time the two develop an unlikely friendship.  After all, a leprechaun in the house is a fine piece of luck-- and that luck comes in handy when news of Sean's good fortune attracts dangerous attention. 

Cleverly told and brightly illustrated, this folktale friendship is a delightful tale for St. Patrick's day-- or any day when you could use a little magic.

Product Details

On sale: January 15, 2019
Age: 4-8 years
Grade: Preschool - 3
Page count: 32 Pages
ISBN: 9780823441815
Reading level: Lexile: AD670L

Author Bio

Teresa Bateman is a school librarian, a storyteller and the author of many lively stories and poems for children. She has won both the Storytelling World Award and the Anne Izard Storyteller's Award. Her books include Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who? and Keeper of Soles, an ALA Notable Children's Book. She lives in Tacoma, Washington.

Paul Meisel is the author and illustrator of See Me Run, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book, and See Me Dig, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book, and is the illustrator of many books for young people, including The Schmutzy Family by Madelyn Rosenberg, a Sydney Taylor Honor Book. He lives in Connecticut.


"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 Patricks Day."—Booklist

"Meisel's whimsical acrylic and watercolor illustrations add an additional layer of light-heartedness to the well-paced story."—Horn Book Guide

"'Tis a grand thing."—Kirkus Reviews

"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."—School Library Journal