Title: King Puck
Author/Illustrator: Michael Garland
Publisher: Harper Collins 2007
AR level: 3.0
Point level: 0.5
Summary: This book is inspired by an Irish festival that names the best goat in the town “King Puck” for the day. An Irish man, Seamus, has a goat named Finny and the two of them live on a mountain in Ireland. they live so far out that only the wee fairies live nearby. Each night Seamus would read the story of Finn MacCool to his goat Finny. One night after he finished the story he told Finny that he wished he had more books with more stories and the wee fairies overheard this. The next morning when Seamus told Finny good morning, the goat said good morning right back. Seamus was so happy that his goat could talk though he had no idea that it was the fairies. One afternoon the two returned to the house and found a handbill to come to the King Puck festival in Killorglin. They got ready and went to the festival where Finny felt very ordinary. The judges were not impressed with him until he asked for one more chance and told the story of Finn MacCool. How could they not award Finny the “King Puck” crown? He was able to have one wish granted and he wished for books for he and Seamus. The two lived happily in the mountain reading books each night.
How can I use this in my classroom? You can use this book around St. Patrick’s Day or in discussions of various festivals. You can have the students write about what they would wish for if they had gotten the King Puck crown.