- Book Style: Story book for toddlers and children
- 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: Textured, detailed
- 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 toddler and children’s book about a little leprechaun named Lanzo. The book was written by a young children’s book author by the name of Conor Cassidy. The Lazy Leprechaun is his first book, and I can promise you it’s a good one.
The story goes like this: Lanzo is the laziest leprechaun I’ve ever met. He doesn’t want to do any work, and so when he’s asked to watch for trolls, he decides he’ll have a nap…every night. The trolls are (of course) the leprechauns’ greatest enemy and therefore a watch is needed. However, Lanzo convinces himself that he doesn’t need to stay awake and falls asleep. When he does so, he hears a loud bang and there are trolls all over the place! I won’t ruin the end of the story for you or your little one, but suffice it to say that Lanzo learns a great lesson.
That lesson is definitely my favorite part of the book. What I love about the lesson given is the fact that Conor Cassidy is teaching something that I would call relatively unique in children’s literature. That’s especially the case when you consider this book targets toddlers as well as young children, and toddlers are going to learn the same lesson. In case you haven’t already guessed, the lesson is that every job is important. The other thing Conor is pointing out is that if you’re going to do a job, you should do it well no matter what. Now, I can honestly say I haven’t run into another kids book that tries to tackle a topic like this, and I absolutely love that this book does.Coupled with that great lesson is the development of Lanzo as a character. I can’t say that I expected a character to be developed so well in 14 pages in a book for toddlers. The development was so clear that my little toddler told me that he didn’t really like Lanzo (at the start of the book). What’s more, my toddler changed his tune later in the book when Lanzo became a more likable character. It’s stuff like this that lets me know my child is enjoying the book and that he’s learning.
One of the reasons the author was able to develop Lanzo so well was because the illustrations were so well done. The characters in this book are all drawn and colored so well that it’s easy to tell how they’re feeling. Emotions are worn all over Lanzo’s face in almost every scene, and so it’s easy for toddlers to identify with the characters.
Speaking of the illustrations….
They’re fantastic. The depth of the characters and the scenery is incredible. There’s shadow detail I wouldn’t expect in a book like this, and there’s also a lot of color detail in each object. If you look below at the illustration of Lanzo (and a lot of food), you’ll immediately notice the depth of detail in the picture. The chicken sitting next to Lanzo has an incredible color profile and I absolutely love the details on Lanzo’s hat. If you stare long enough, you’ll notice the shadows as well strewn about this illustration.
In the very first paragraph of this review, I mentioned that our author was young. I wasn’t kidding, and I think you’ll be surprised to know that Conor is only 26 years old. He has an incredible future in children’s books (and he says he’d like to do novels as well). I say that because this is his first entry into books and because he doesn’t even do this for a living (yet). He’s currently employed in the IT field in Belfast, Ireland, but I get the sense he won’t be there for long. What’s amazed me about all of this is the maturity with which Conor has approached his first book. This is an incredibly well-crafted toddler and kids’ book. Every component is extremely well thought out and executed at a very professional level. This isn’t your everyday first book from a children’s author.
Obviously, I’m going to recommend this book as a buy for those of you with little toddlers. This recommendation is especially true if your little one likes leprechauns or trolls and more of a medieval/classical feel to a book. Finally, if your toddler likes happy endings in stories, this one has a great one. 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.
Thanks for reading…with your toddlers,