Bailey School Kids #4: Leprechauns Don't Play Basketball

by Debbie Dadey

Paperback, 1992



Local notes

PB Dad





Scholastic Paperbacks (1992), 80 pages


There's a mystery going on between the new basketball coach and the third-grade teacher, Mrs. Jeepers.


Original language


Physical description

80 p.; 5.25 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member AnnaLovesBooks
ISBN 0590448226 – I really, really wanted to like this book, if only because the BSK series is popular with kids and anything that makes them want to read has to be worth looking into. Unfortunately, it’s not that good.

It’s St Patrick’s Day in Bailey City and Eddie is enjoying pinching
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everyone not wearing green. He also enjoys tripping people and otherwise getting up to mischief, even in Mrs. Jeepers’ class. Mrs. Jeeper is from Transylvania and if that doesn’t make her unusual enough, she’s got a burning, irrational-seeming hatred of leprechauns. When time for gym class rolls around, the kids meet a visitor from Ireland, Mr. O’Grady, who’s going to teach them Irish dances. The kids quickly become suspicious of the little man, certain he’s a leprechaun. Of course, they’re also certain that Mrs. Jeepers is a vampire, so they must just be crazy… right? Wrong!

The story is fun and lighthearted, despite the looming possibility of a leprechaun-vampire war in the hallway. The book, however, is really too short to be more than slightly amusing. By the time the tale picks up, it’s already heading into the big finale which was itself a bit of a letdown. I give it three stars, consider it average, but end with a high note: I’ll be reading more BSK books whenever they come my way – they’re not bad, it’s just this one isn’t all that great. RL3, ages 7-10.

- AnnaLovesBooks
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LibraryThing member benuathanasia
A silly series that creates more questions than it answers. It's great for formulating theories as well as predictions. The class dynamics should be very familiar to those of the Magic School Bus generation.
LibraryThing member mirikayla
Not my favorite, but fun since both Mike and I remember reading them as kids.




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