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The Smartest Man in Ireland

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  4 reviews
To live up to his boast of being the smartest man in Ireland, Patrick Kentigern Keenan will do anything--he’ll even try to outwit the fairies. When the first three battles of wits end in draws, the fairies enchant Patrick’s son. To win back his boy, Patrick will have to prove once and for all that he is not only the smartest man in Ireland, but the bravest as well. “An exh ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 7th 1996 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published September 1st 1996)
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This was one of the best books we have ever read (the 3rd graders and myself, that is). Patrick Kentigern Keenan always thought he was smarter than everyone else. He tried to prove this through a variety of ways, such as taking a leprechaun's cattle and a fairy's horse and saddle. This book had lots of adventure, like when Patrick stuck the iron knife into the fairies' door. Also, we liked how Patrick changed over the course of the story. In the beginning, he thought he was the smartest man in I ...more
A delightful book full of short tales about Patrick Kentigern Keenan and his encounters with the fairy folk. I plan on reading this to my kids, for though I can't mimic an Irish accent for the life of me, I think it will still be a delightful read-aloud.
Great book for St. Patrick's Day read aloud. Clever, fun, covering many segments of Irish mythology. Comes together as a whole at the end. Could be read as short stories. I liked the silver bridle segment best.
What a great kids book. I think the stories would be great "read aloud" stories for kids during the month of March and bring some background to ST. Patrick's Day.
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