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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
In Rosco the Rascal at the St.Patrick’s Day Parade: Rosco the Rascal #4 by Shana Gorian, readers see James and his sister, Mandy, going to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade with their dog, Rosco. They also have their neighbor’s dog, Sparks, with them so that each of them has a dog to hold. Sparks goes missing while they are at the parade. Mandy feels that since she did not make the Leprechaun trap for school, bad luck seems to be affecting her. Rosco is enjoying the parade as the dogs are all dressed up and it is a sight to see. Will they be able to find Sparks? Let us find out.
The story has been woven around St.Patrick’s Day in a clever way so that children learn about Irish legends and folklore without feeling bored. The concept of the Leprechaun trap is quite fascinating. The author captures the festive ambiance of the parade beautifully with her words and illustrations, which take young readers right into the parade and they experience it as if they were there. The black and white illustrations are just enough to captivate readers and make the parade feel real. It is a good storybook to read out to children at home and in the classroom as it introduces them to Irish folklore, culture, and the Leprechaun jinx. The story is fun, enjoyable, adventurous, and informative to readers, both young and old. The wee bit of Irish wisdom shared at the end of the book is also quite interesting and will make readers curious to learn even more about Irish folklore, culture, and legends.