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The Night Before St. Patrick's Day Paperback – January 22, 2009

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Editorial Reviews

From the Author

I got the idea for this book from a teacher who said her students love to set leprechaun traps. But those tricksters seem to always get away!

About the Author

Natasha Wing is the best-selling author of the popular The Night Before series and lives in Colorado. 
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: The Night Before
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; 1 edition (January 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448448521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448448527
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Natasha Wing was born in Connecticut and now lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. After graduating from Arizona State University, she worked in advertising for a number of years. It wasn't until 1991 that she decided to write children's books. Luckily she sold her first book within six months and has been writing children's books and articles ever since. Some of her books have even ended up on bestseller lists, including the wildly popular The Night Before series.

"I'm curious about many things- people, holidays, underdogs, little known historic figures - and translate my excitement for a topic into books for kids to enjoy. Story ideas are popping into my head all the time, so you never know what my next book will be. But that's what's so fun about writing."

To find out more about Natasha Wing and how to Skype with her go to www.natashawing.com.

Favorite Children's Books: The Polar Express (I have a signed copy!), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Cat in the Hat, The Golden Compass, Harry Potter; Favorite Season: Fall; Favorite Tree: Maple; Favorite Colors: Cranberry red and fuscia pink; Pet: Purrsia the lynx point kitty Professional: Member of Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, Children's Book Insider.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By B. Mooradian on April 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
I love this series by Natasha Wing. It expands on the classic favorite The Night Before Christmas by creating a "night before" story for each holiday. It contains part of the old classics with a new twist. They read with great rhythm, just like the classic, and entertain children while bringing adults back to their childhood.

This story is very imaginative and full of fun St. Patrick's Day themes (shamrocks, a pot of gold, etc.). The illustrations are beautifully done and very whimsical. I have bought all these books for my godson and my mother (who is a lower grade teacher and reads them too her kids in the classroom). They are so cute, I may get them for myself too. This book is fun for all.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Krista A. Fong on March 28, 2010
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After buying 3 books for St. Patrick's Day at once, this one was my fave.
Pros: cute pictures, lots of visual detail, hidden leprechauns in pictures which are fun for kids to find, familiar rhythm, uncomplicated language, rhyming words, clear story line, characters and settings, great length of text per page and length of story for younger children, leprechaun traps which lend themselves well to extension activities

Cons: Not really a "con", but the "trick" at the end of the story was difficult for my younger students to understand.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Arnold on March 23, 2009
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I read this book to my child's 1st grade class. They loved it. They were looking for the the little leprechaun on almost all the pages. A few of the kids did not get that the leprechaun played a joke on the children in the story. The kids were convinced that the gold was burined under one of the X's. It was very funny. My child placed gold things around the house the night before St. Patrick's in hopes to catch a Leprechaun.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Veronica L. Carlson on March 21, 2009
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LOVE IT We read it the night before the night before, the night before and the night of. My kids ages 3-6 loved it and can't wait for next March to read it again and again. We even thought of ways to make traps for the wee little men!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By eden bryant on April 15, 2013
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This book is precious. Author has a whole series of other holiday inspired books. I'm 24 planning on starting a family soon so I'm slowly socking up on kids items. Can't wait to read this to my little ones! Shipping was fast as well. :)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lace on April 18, 2013
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We bought this for my son (4) and he loved it so much. In the weeks leading up to St. Patty's day he would ask me to read this a few times a day. It is a cute little book that even rhymes. In the book the brother and sister set traps to capture a leprechaun. We used this page to get ideas on how to set our own traps. On St. Patty's Day Eve, we created about 6 of our own traps and even wrote a note to any leprechaun who might be passing though. The next morning my son was so excited to peek into the traps and see if we had caught a leprechaun. Apparently a leprechaun HAD come for a visit but managed to get out of each trap. He left us shamrock cookies and told us better luck next year. Now my son can't wait to build even better traps for next year. Buy this book people, and make some memories with your kids that you will never forget. This book prompted some precious memories and I am so thankful we got it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor Estorino on July 11, 2014
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I have a two year old i'm teaching about holidays. I get one usually a month before the holiday and read it to her each night and retire it after the holiday. I get super excited for holidays but didn't know how to explain it to a toddler. There's also not a lot of books out there that do this. I loved the valentines day, thanksgiving, halloween books the most. I really didn't like the christmas book. It was all about how stressful xmas time is. While true i didn't want my daughter thinking thats how it was. She can be stressed about it when shes 30 like me :) The first one i bought was thanksgiving and it covered the basics like cooking and family coming in and being thankful. The st patricks day one was kind of weird with leprechauns hiding things in their yard and outsmarting the family. I guess it's better than pictures of grownups at bars drinking green beer. So this book was a little strange but i like the series and wish i could just buy a set to give as gifts.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Olsen on March 17, 2011
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I understand this book is part of a series of "night before" holiday books, but this is the only one I have seen. My two oldest grandchildren (ages 6 and 7) were inspired by this book to build some leprechaun traps. Though they did not have the success the children in the book had, they had fun. And the clever twist at the end of the story shows that you just cannot trick a leprechaun. They will forever get the upper hand. Cute story set in a modern day family.
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