The Leprechaun Companion

The Leprechaun Companion

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Leprechauns are elusive creatures despite their worldwide fame. Few people know much about them beyond their fondness for shoemaking, crocks of gold, rainbows (at the end of which those crocks are often buried) and perhaps their talent for granting wishes. The Leprechaun Companion aims to set this straight by collecting all that is known about these sprites and revealing much for the first time, such as the variety of their dress, what they get up to in their sociable moods and why lady leprechauns are so rare.

Niall Macnamara, whose qualifications for writing about leprechauns include a great-great-grandmother from Cork who claimed to have been seduced by one, looks at the link between leprechauns and the other faery folk of Ireland, and at their cousins in neighboring countries - brownies, boggarts, piskies, spriggans, kobolds and many more. These elusive creatures have been drawn by Wayne Anderson, who first hit fame in the late 1970s with illustrations for classic books of the time, including The Magic Circus. Since then, he has illustrated a steady stream of books, including Thumbelina (1991), Wayne Anderson's Horrible Book (1997), and The Flight of the Dragons (1998).

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ISBN-13: 9780760713631
Publisher: Sterling Publishing
Publication date: 08/02/1999
Edition description: Barnes and Noble Edition
Pages: 96

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The Leprechaun Companion 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been searching out and reading lore and legend of the Realm of the Fae folk for twenty five years now, and I would say this is, hands down the best thing I have ever come across on the subject of leprechauns! Perhaps that is because so much of what the author has to say about them fits with what I have always intuited about them. As in, that there are lady leprechauns. Another comment, the book is really quite pro-leprechaun and I too have always felt fondly about them, and so felt in good company with this book. I would recommend this to anyone, and would have given it 5 stars, except that I loved it in spite of the illustrations. Some were good,most too weird for my taste. I can't believe how I just 'came upon' this book, surely a bit of magic in itself. Many thanks to the author for putting together such a fine book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was such an amazing book. I read only happened to come upon it when borrowing it for a Celtic project from my friend, and I'm hooked. It's entertaining, and informative at the same time, and the illistrations are so wonderfully done. I would recomend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hello, I think this book is great for people not reaserching things such as Irish Myths. I gave this 4 stars, because my little sisters and I love Myths and this was well written by not fully there!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a avid reader of Celtic history, I have been searching for more information regarding Leprechauns, and I can finally stop searching. The illustrations are so detailed that you expect the 'wee folk' to leap right off of the pages. I have several friends I will be purchasing this book for research and just pure enjoyment.