Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, come instructions for How to Catch a Leprechaun, a lively picture book in which enterprising children set traps for the leprechaun in hopes of gaining his fortune. The leprechaun in question moves through the book commenting on the ingenuity and care that has gone into constructing the traps while criticizing their effectiveness.
Adam Wallace writes in lively rhyme as the leprechaun taunts his would-be captors, playing mischievous tricks on them while encouraging them to be ever-more inventive in their traps. Andy Elkerton’s illustrations fill the book with clever, determined children and the occasional bewildered parent. Rooms and traps are pictured from a leprechaun’s eye view, giving everything a larger-than-life quality. The font is playful, with varying sizes, colors, and textures included in the text to emphasize matters. Colors are bright, and the whole tone of the book is good-natured.
How to Catch a Leprechaun is a fun book to read with kids at and around St. Patrick’s day. It is also likely to spur flights of imagination as kids sit down to imagine their own leprechaun traps; be sure to keep some pencils and paper handy to jot down ideas as you chat.
How to Catch a Leprechaun is available now from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.