Accelerated Reader Program Selection
“In this St. Patrick’s Day picture book, two Irish-American kids, Sean and Meghan, discover how to outwit a leprechaun. . .the language of the tale captures the Irish lilt and mannerisms. The book’s illustrations are of intense, contrasting colors and express the emotions and quirks of all the characters, including the ornery leprechaun.”
“Author-illustrator Jana Dillon shows a facility with caricature and mood, a way with color that extends from subtle shading to electric color combinations, and an ability to create a style that looks new yet recalls an earlier era of picture book illustration. . .[Dillon] demonstrates an understanding of the dynamics of picture books as well as a knowledge of what children like.”
“Painterly use of tertiary color schemes. . .Dillon’s illustrations are singular and noteworthy.”
“Vibrant illustrations. . .a pleasing read-aloud or a satisfying read-alone for young readers ready for a challenge.”
—School Library Journal
This delightfully entertaining story introduces the reader to Meghan and Sean O’Sullivan, their three grandaunties, and Lucky O’Leprechaun, who has pestered the O’Sullivans since the time of the Vikings. Throughout the story, Meghan and Sean debate over what they will ask of Lucky O’Leprechaun if they catch him. Will they ask him for his pot of gold, or will they discover that some things are even more precious?
The brilliant illustrations and whimsical text will not only captivate children but also teach them a wee bit about leprechaun as the lad and lass repeatedly attempt to capture the tricky little fellow on St. Patrick’s eve.