Do you think you have what it takes to trap a leprechaun? If so, you’d better get ready to deal with some elven mischief! Be on the lookout for some of these spritely ways leprechauns can cause mayhem:
• They steal things that are sparkly, shiny, or glimmering. Better lock up your jewels and coins!
• They hide your things. Could you swear you put your pencil on the desk? Thought you left your hairbrush next to the sink? You probably did—but a leprechaun has probably hidden them from you!
• Leprechauns make messes and don’t clean them up—and then they make it look like you did it. From unraveling the toilet paper to squirting out the toothpaste into the sink, you’d better tell Mom or Dad now that you had nothing to do with it!
• They disappear when you take your eyes off of them. If you’re lucky enough to spot a leprechaun, keep a close eye on him or POOF! he’ll be gone!
• They break things. Time to keep your latest prized LEGO construction out of reach or it may be in tiny pieces by morning!
• They move your belongings. You might find your brother’s shoes in your room. Or your coloring books in your dog’s bed. Silly leprechauns!
• A leprechaun will lead you to nowhere. He may tell you he’s leading you to a pot of gold, but don’t be fooled! He wants the gold for himself and he’s willing to send you off in the other direction to protect it.
How to Trap a Leprechaun by Sue Fliess
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.