Review – Katie and the Lephrechaun

Katie is running late for school. Again. Dashing through the park, past the nooks of huddled trees, Katie trips on a tree root and falls sprawling to the ground. That’s when she hears the voice.

A high-pitched squeaky voice – with a funny accent. Katie can hardly believe her eyes when a little man with a red beard and lawn green ensemble appears before her, sitting on a tree branch, swinging his legs merrily. It’s Patrick Fitzpatrick – a cheeky sprite who bamboozles young Katie with his fast talk and jittery ways.

Patrick tells Katie he is indeed a leprechaun – or leith broghan, as it’s known in the magic trade. It means ‘one-shoe maker’ and of course, Katie can’t for the life of her understand why  anyone would be employed to make only one shoe. Patrick, of course, explains that many one shoes make up plenty of shoe pairs – and so begins a mind-bending banter for poor Katie, who finds herself both frustrated and oddly intrigued by the little green man. Is he for real, or is this all a strange dream?

Katie and the Leprechaun is part of the new Little Rockets reader range from New Frontier. Kids will giggle along with Katie and her magical new friend as she helps him find the perfect model shoe . . . a shoe that may surprise you. At the end of the book, kids can pop out a cute cardboard rocket to make for themselves.

A gorgeously-written story, colourful illustrations on almost every second page will help keep reluctant readers engaged, while advanced readers will equally enjoy this magical little tale.

Katie and the Leprechaun is published by New Frontier.

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Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney is an author of children's books and adult non-fiction. Recent books include Riley and the Grumpy Wombat: A journey around Melbourne, and Australian Story: An Illustrated Timeline. She's also an editor, publisher and founder of Kids Book Review.

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  1. So am I. Well done New Frontier. This series is a great way to turn reluctant readers into book lovers.

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