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Leprechauns Don't Play Basketball - Bailey School Kids, Bk 4 Author:John Steven Gurney (Illustrator), Debbie Dadey, Marcia Thornton Jones The kids of the Baily School return for another run-in with their increasingly bizarre teachers. In this story, they become convinced that their substitute gym teacher is a leprechaun. — There are some pretty weird grown-ups living in Bailey City. But could the very short basketball coach from Ireland really be a leprechaun? The Bailey School Kid... more »s are going to find out!
Melody gasped. "He must be a leprechaun. He's from Ireland, he's short, and he's got a treasure." "There's no such thing as leprechauns." Eddie sounded more sure than he felt. Howie shrugged. "Maybe not. But Mr. O'Grady is no regular coach." "And I wonder why Mrs. Jeepers acted so strange when we told her about Mr. O'Grady?" Melody asked.« less
ISBN 0590448226 - I really, really wanted to like this book, if only because the BSK series is popular with kids and anything that makes them want to read has to be worth looking into. Unfortunately, it's not that good.
It's St Patrick's Day in Bailey City and Eddie is enjoying pinching everyone not wearing green. He also enjoys tripping people and otherwise getting up to mischief, even in Mrs. Jeepers' class. Mrs. Jeeper is from Transylvania and if that doesn't make her unusual enough, she's got a burning, irrational-seeming hatred of leprechauns. When time for gym class rolls around, the kids meet a visitor from Ireland, Mr. O'Grady, who's going to teach them Irish dances. The kids quickly become suspicious of the little man, certain he's a leprechaun. Of course, they're also certain that Mrs. Jeepers is a vampire, so they must just be crazy - right? Wrong!
The story is fun and lighthearted, despite the looming possibility of a leprechaun-vampire war in the hallway. The book, however, is really too short to be more than slightly amusing. By the time the tale picks up, it's already heading into the big finale which was itself a bit of a letdown. I give it three stars, consider it average, but end with a high note: I'll be reading more BSK books whenever they come my way - they're not bad, it's just this one isn't all that great. RL3, ages 7-10.
Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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