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.