The only thing I know about Fin M'Coul is that a pub in the University District near my job is named after him. Oh, and that he was an Irish folk hero for some reason. I picked this book up for the kids because we like Tomie dePaola
, and because I thought that this work might expose the kids (and me) to folk heroes from another country.
I think that this book started out kind of slowly for the kids, but as the story unfolded the kids really began to enjoy the humor, and ended up liking the book. My niece noticed all kinds of funny things in the pictures, and my nephew enjoyed how the bully Cucullin was cleverly tricked by Fin M'Coul and his wife Lovely Oonagh. I enjoyed the story and the pictures, too, but I also enjoy that I now know that Fin M'Coul is more than just a pub that serves mediocre food.