- Book Style: Kids story book
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Almost like Claymation
- Age Target: 2-8 Years of Age
- Author: Conor Cassidy
- Author’s Page: Conor Cassidy
- Book Purchase Page: Amazon US – 3.93 USD Kindle, $8.99 USD Paperback, Amazon UK – £2.99 Kindle, £5.99 Paperback
- Social Media Links: Twitter, Facebook
The Lazy Leprechaun is a very cute kids’ book by Conor Cassidy. Conor has created a story about (you guessed it) a leprechaun who’s lazy. The leprechaun’s name is Lanzo, and he’s the laziest leprechaun of all. Sadly, it’s Lanzo’s job to watch out for trolls and, being that he’s lazy, he falls asleep on the job. Now, I won’t give away the ending but let’s just say that Lanzo learns a great lesson (and your child does too, in case you hadn’t picked up on that).
I’ve already pointed out the fact that there’s a lesson in this book, and I think that’s my favorite part (of the book). As you read the book to your little one, you’ll realize that Lanzo’s pretty sure of himself and he’s definitely fine with being lazy. He’s become totally comfortable and is sure his job, watching for trolls, isn’t important. As I said above, Lanzo learns a lesson. That lesson is that every job is important and that you need to do it well, no matter what. I can’t stress enough how important a lesson like that is for young children who are learning about the world around them.
In regards to the story itself, I thought the author did a great job of developing the character Lanzo in an incredibly short time. The book is 14 (written) pages and so that’s not a ton of time to develop a character and tell a good story in it. I was amazed by the fact that I felt something for Lanzo as his situation worsened due to his laziness. I was also amazed by the fact that my little guy didn’t like Lanzo near the start of the book, but then changed his tune about Lanzo by the end of the book. I asked him what he thought and he said: “he’s good now!” What that means to me is that my child is absorbing a great deal of the story, which is a tribute to the author’s writing skills.
Simply put, the illustrations in The Lazy Leprechaun are great. The style is unlike any book I’ve reviewed, and I love a number of things.
First off, I love the fact that they look a bit like a Claymation movie/show. The characters’ faces have a molding clay look to them that’s incredibly unique. I think it’s one of the best things about the book, and I love that this book isn’t trying to be so incredibly modern. It’s true to its’ style and its’ story by using this type of illustration.
Another thing I thought was great about the illustrations was simply their quality. There are a lot of different elements to each illustration and the detail is incredible. Have a look at the picture below and you’ll see what I mean. Look at the shading detail on the plates, and on Lanzo’s hat. The color detail on the chicken is amazing too, and again, you can see the fun clay-like style.
What I’ll say about our author is that this isn’t your typical children’s book author. If you read our book reviews here at Kids Fun Channel regularly, then you’ll already know that I like that. I like it when someone comes from a different walk of life to tell our kids a story from a different perspective. That’s exactly what’s happened with Conor, and I think it works really well.
If I was to say that Conor is:
- 26 years old
- Works in IT
- Lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland and…
- Loves football, darts, and boxing
Would you call that typical? Would you expect an individual like that to have a true passion for writing children’s books?
What became amazing to me about Conor is the comparison I did between the two of us. When I was 26, I spent most of my free time playing video games. Conor doesn’t do that. He’s trying to gear up for a career of writing novels and children’s stories, and so he spends his free time doing those things. He’s managed to become disciplined enough to create this, his first book. From this book, I can tell you he’s going to be successful.
The Lazy Leprechaun by Conor Cassidy is a fun little book. It’s short and sweet, has a great story, and a better lesson. The illustrations are nothing short of fantastic, and they feature some of the most interesting style choices I’ve seen in a long time. What’s more is this book can be purchased for less than most, as Kindle copies are $3.93 USD and £2.99 (respectively). Paperback copies are only slightly more at $8.99 and £5.99.
Until next time, Smash, Crash, and Learn!