How to Trap a Leprechaun (Magical Creatures and Crafts #1)

by Sue Fliess (Author) Emma Randall (Illustrator)

How to Trap a Leprechaun (Magical Creatures and Crafts #1)

The perfect storybook for boys and girls of the parents to capture the spirit of the Irish or make St. Patrick's Day special.

Legend has it that if you catch a leprechaun, he'll grant you a wish. But, be careful! Leprechauns are full of trickery. To catch one, you'll need to be clever in crafting your trap. Grab some glitter and glue and get prepared for your wily holiday visitors!

On the night before St. Patrick's Day, leprechauns show up to steal your treasures and then disappear as quickly as they came. However, if you're careful you might be able to catch one and then he'll grant you a wish. You'll have to be sneaky and set just the right trap to trap a leprechaun.

Sue Fliess's read-aloud text and Emma Randall's whimsical illustrations will provide much fun for young readers eager to catch their very own leprechaun! But beware: leprechauns may leave you with nothing but a cardboard box and a shoe or two.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2—As far as holiday mascots go, the tiny elves who visit every March may very well be the most elusive. Leprechauns are known for stealing treasure and wreaking havoc, but the payoff for catching one of these tiny men is great—he'll grant a wish to his captor. On St. Patrick's Day eve, you must gather your supplies, build a trap complete with gold rocks and a rainbow slide, and hope for the best. Readers follow along as four friends learn about leprechauns and construct their best snare to no avail—all they find in their trap is a tiny shoe holding a letter from Liam the Leprechaun. Vibrant illustrations match the catchy verse, which begs to be part of a St. Patrick's Day read-aloud. Also notable is that the four children in the story have skin color shades spanning from light to dark. The book concludes with instructions for parents and educators on building a leprechaun trap at home or at school, and a quick primer of leprechaun folklore. VERDICT A fun offering for March that will work well read aloud or independently.—Lindsay Jensen, Nashville Public Library

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Sue Fliess
SUE FLIESS is the author of numerous engaging stories for preschoolers. Her Little Golden Books include Robots, Robots Everywhere!, How to Be a Superhero, How to Be a Pirate, How to Be a Princess, I'm a Ballerina, and The Hug Book. She lives in Northern Virginia.

JOEY CHOU is an animation artist and children's book illustrator. He illustrated the Little Golden books I'm a Unicorn, I'm a Narwhal, I'm a Ballerina, and Olaf's Frozen Adventure. See more of his work online at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Sky Pony
Publication date
February 20, 2017
Magical Creatures and Crafts
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV012030 - Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | General
JUV057000 - Juvenile Fiction | Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
JUV017080 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Other, Non-Religious
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations /
JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / G
Saint Patrick's Day

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