Children's Poet Laureate

There Once Was a Man Named Michael Finnegan

Megan Tingley Books, Little, Brown & Co., 2001 .

Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott.

In this jolly adaptation of the familiar song, Michael Finnegan's mysteriously recurring whiskers are just the beginning of his comic adventures. "Dressed in rags to hide his skin-igan," trousers held up "with a pin-igan," Michael takes off on a series of side-splitting escapades that end blissfully before they all "begin-igan." Music and lyrics are included.

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There Once Was a Man Named Michael Finnegan

"…another uproarious picture book of simple nonsense verse. Kids will delight in the silly word play, the wild slapstick details of the big, bright line-and-watercolor pictures, and the cozy, sloppy ending."


"…sure to be a hit with the storybook crowd."

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