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Fergus and the Night-Demon

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  53 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Acclaimed nonfiction author Jim Murphy now turns his hand to spinning yarns. Fergus O’Mara, a resourceful Irish lad, is especially clever at avoiding work. On his way to an evening of fun, he encounters the dreaded Night-Demon. Fergus keeps on walking, but this demon means business, and our hero will have to work hard to get himself out of a “grave” situation.

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 18th 2006 by Clarion Books
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Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

Fergus O’Mara is very clever, but it is too bad that he uses it to get out of work. On his way to go have fun in Skibbbereen, he might discover that his cleverness can be put to better use when he meets up with the Night-Demon.

The plot is kind of like the usual legend/ghost story — someone needs to be taught a m
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: multicultral
A clever Irish ghost story about Fergus O'Mara who encounters a night-demon on his way to the next town of Skibbereen. One night, Fergus uses his quick thinking to get himself out doing chores. His mother, who calls him a "lazy, good-for-nothing lad" warms him that he will get what's coming to him. After avoiding chores to head out the play in the next town of Skibbereen, he encounters a night-demon on the trail. Convincing himself that the demon is a figure of his imagination, the infuriated de ...more
Fergus O'Mara is a lazy lad. He's much more worried about getting his clothes dirty than helping his mother. As he goes off to town to visit friends he encounters a creature. Fergus is told that it is "his time." Slightly frightened but thinking it's just an apparition, Fergus goes running. However, he keeps encountering this creature until he finally comes to a sight that scares the wits out of him: his own gravestone. The demon orders him to dig at the grave site. Thinking he will trick the de ...more
Ariel Cummins
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Delightfully scary book about a lazy lad who is also very clever. Nice because it's an Irish folk tale, so you get a little bit of different culture in there. May be a bit scary for kids who are prone to scaring.

The artwork has a nice, pastel, almost Disney-like appeal.

Way too long for a pre-school story time. Might be fun for an elementary school readalong.
Aug 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with children
This is a wonderful Irish tale about a lazy and vain boy named Fergus who disrespects his mother and refuses to do chores about the house, preferring instead to go out and have fun. A scary encounter with the "Night-Demon" changes his attitude completely. This is a great tale to read aloud with children, especially those who are loathe to do their chores.
Lazy Fergus O’Mara uses his quick wit to escape death--the “Night Demon”--in this original tale based in Irish tradition. Manders’ cartoon gouache and pencil illustrations have a lively, comic feel, alerting the reader that Fergus’ soul is never in mortal peril. For a fun lesson on how some archetypes appear in different cultures, have students compare Fergus with Brer Rabbit and Anansi. ...more
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it
This is an Irish ghost story about a young boy named Fergus O'Mara. The illustrations are bright and colorful and the story is whimsical. At times it's simplistic and leans towards the stereotypical in its depiction of Irish culture.
Appropriate for elementary school children.
Amanda Lyons
Jan 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I've rarely come across a book with such wit and humor for children and it makes for a great way to have fun with my son as I can read it with an accent to add to the story. Great book for any day of the year and especially great near St Patrick's Day.
Charlotte Osborn-bensaada
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fergus is a never-do-well that meets a night-demon on the road to some fun. Eventually he realizes that his previous lazy ways are going to get him an early grave courtesy of the night-demon.
Thanks to Katie for the recommendation! This Irish ghost story was a great slightly-spooky readaloud to 4th graders today. Would make a good storytelling, too.
Michael Fitzgerald
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Not crazy about the cartoonish illustrations (particularly Fergus), but the story is good.
Aug 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
Steve into fairy tales may enjoy. Child is lazy, runs into a demon. Didn't really like the story. As I reviewed it, some of the illustrations may spook the child weak of heart.
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
A fun story of a lazy boy who runs into an amalgam of Celtic spirits, learning a lesson, of course.
Andrea Wilkinson
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, fiction
Clever Irish ghost story picture book by Jim Murphy--famous for 35+ non-fiction books! Love the ending as well as the note about this story at the end.
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an American author of more than 35 nonfiction and fiction books for children, young adults, and general audiences, including more than 30 about American history. He won the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 2010 for his contribution in writing for teens. Jim lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, in a hundred-year-old house with his wife Alison Blank, a children’s TV produce ...more
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