Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk

by Gerald McDermott (Author)

Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Tim O'Toole and his wife Kathleen are so poor they have not a penny or a potato between them. Even their cats are too skinny for the mice to chase!

When Tim goes out to find a job, he stumbles upon "the wee folk" - a band of leprechauns who give him gifts sure to make his fortune. That is if Tim can keep clear of the evil McGoon family...

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McDermott's characteristic illustrations are a perfect accompaniment to the cheery good humor of this story about Tim O'Toole and a band of leprechauns. The comical folk art and the economical use of language, as well as its slight hint of brogue, will make this book a pleasurable choice for reading aloud.

Copyright 1990 Hornbook, LLC Used with permission.


A story that draws heavily on the familiar tale about a man who wins three magical gifts that a false innkeeper then tries to purloin (cf. Grimm, "The Table, the Ass, and the Stick"). The telling here has a well-honed, Irish lilt; the illustrations, by a Caldecott winner, are lively, expressive, and well sprinkled with sprightly men in green.

Copyright 1990 Kirkus Reviews, LLC Used with permission.

Gerald McDermott
GERALD MCDERMOTT (1941-2012) was an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator of books for children. A graduate of Pratt Institute in New York City and a lifelong artist, he began his career as an animated filmmaker before moving into the creation of children's books based on storytelling traditions from around the world. He was awarded the Caldecott Medal and two Caldecott Honors; his extensive and influential body of work includes six popular picture books focusing on the trickster motif. Devoted to oral tradition and the transformative power of mythology, he was the first Fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and served as a consultant on mythology in education. www.geraldmcdermott.com
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Puffin Books
Publication date
February 19, 1992
Picture Puffin Books
BISAC categories
JUV012020 - Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Country & Ethnic - General
Library of Congress categories
Fairy tales
Booklist, 01/01/96
School Library Journal starred

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