Sunday, August 15, 2010

Book Review for Liam the Leprechaun by Charles A. Wilkinson

Liam the Leprechaun by Charles A. Wilkinson

Liam the Leprechaun is an interesting Irish tale full of meaning and self worth

Liam is a leprechaun that is much tinier than the rest of the leprechauns which live in Shillelagh. He gets bumped and ignored because of his size. He is poor and feels worthless. Tired of feeling and being this way, Liam visits the wisest of all leprechauns. His name is O’ Hoolihan. After spending some time with O’ Hoolihan, Liam learns a lot of lessons about many things, and he starts to feel better about himself. Opportunities start coming his way, and he sees how his size can be useful. He gets a job as a Special Investigator for lost and found things, which leads him to deal with a certain Gloccamoora McShaughnessy. A woman, who is loud and very difficult to deal with, yet is kind to Liam because he tries his best to help her. Needless to say, Liam begins to have confidence and has many successes from there, surprising the reader with what happens next.

Liam the Leprechaun is an interesting way to show children that size doesn’t matter. It reminds this reviewer of Thomas the Tank Engine; even if you are small you can be really useful. This book is filled with lots of good meaning that children and parents will enjoy. It is written in English but has many Irish names and lore that will entertain the reader. Overall, a good story.

Reviewer Renee Hand is the award-winning author of The Crypto-Capers series and the Joe-Joe Nut Series for children. Look for her new release The Crypto-Capers in: The Chest of Mystery in September 2010.

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