PPB Friday: The Luckiest Leprechaun!

I read this book to my class today and they liked it so much they clapped at the end :) Then, for the next hour, child after child quietly approached me and asked if I believed in leprechauns or was it only a myth. How sweet is that?


Title: The Luckiest Leprechaun: A Tail-Wagging Tale of Friendship

Author: Justine Korman

Illustrator: Denise Brunkus

Publishing: BridgeWater Paperback, 2000

Audience: Ages 4 to 7

Theme: Fiction, Leprechaun Lore, Friendship

Opening: "MacKenzie O'Shamrock, at your service. But you can call me Mac. I'm a leprechaun -- and I don't care if you believe in me or not. Get too close and I'll show you who's real with my hammer. I may be small, but we leprechauns are not to be trifled with! There, now that that's settled, pull up a toadstool, or a chair if you're too big, and I'll tell you my story."

Synopsis: Grumpy ol' Mac, the leprechaun with attitude, begrudgingly befriends an adorable mutt. But not before a heart-thumping adventure or two, involving a gold-seeking human who actually believes in the little people!

Why I Like It: 'Cause it co-stars a sweet doggie, I love all fantastical stories, and  it's so much fun to read with an Irish brogue (and the kids don't even notice if you're awful). And of course the very predictable, but satisfying ending.

1. Lots of St. Patrick's Day crafts at Kinder Art and Kaboose.
2. It's always fun to challenge the kids to make a leprechaun trap:

3. And look at these beautiful red spotted mushrooms you could paint!
from Painted Paper Art
Don't forget to join the fun with Susanna and friends!

May the luck o' the Irish be with you!

PS:  You can find more St. Patrick Day ideas here.



  1. LOVE the illustrations in The Luckiest Leprechaun!
    Dragonflies in First

  2. That's a cute story about the kids. I love that story and the toadstools painting is really neat.
     Chrissy

    First Grade Found Me

  3. That is awesome that your kiddos clapped at the end of the book! I love that books can bring about such a response from kids. Enjoy your weekend.

    First Grade Delight

  4. I have to go find this book! I might need to start doing this book thing on Fridays too. I so look forward to it and I have good books to share too. Thank!

    First in Maine

  5. I'd get it just for the pictures! Great book and activities! I like the mushroom painting :)

  6. So cute! I am going to have to find that book!
    Beth Ann

  7. Barbara, I always love your resources. Very sweet the kids asked if you believed. The illustrations look like loads of fun too.

  8. Glad to see a book with a Leprechaun, just perfect for St. Patrick's Day! Thanks, Barbara!

  9. This book looks delightful, Barbara. I also always fall for the cute dog :) Glad to have a St. Patrick's Day-related title for our list. And as always I love your activities! Thanks :)

  10. You're so sweet Barbara! Thanks bunches and love books with doggies too!
    Fun for First
    The Robin’s Nest

  11. Loving the leprechaun trap! What a fun idea:)


    Pencils with Pizzazz

  12. I love leprechaun books! I'm glad you reviewed this as it wounds like a lot of fun! And as always, great activities. Very cute book.

  13. So great to have a book for St. Patrick's Day. My kids have been setting leprechaun traps for a couple of years and it's so cute when they are excited to see if they caught one. Great choice.
    A2ZMommy and What’s In Between

  14. The illustrations and the line "and I don't care if you believe in me or not" had me. Sounds so fun!


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