Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Plumber and the Wishing Well

 Even though Halloween isn't here yet Christmas items are already showing up in stores. I guess some people do their holiday shopping early, so today I'm reviewing a Christmas book for children.

The Plumber and the Wishing Well isn't a typical Christmas story. Instead it's more like a traditional fairy tale. In it the plumber wants to buy Christmas gifts for his family but he has lost his job and can't afford anything.

Meanwhile some traditional fairytale characters - an elf, a fairy, and a leprechaun - are trying to use a wishing well to get gifts for their own loved ones, but something is wrong with the well and their wishes don't work correctly.

A bird asks the plumber to fix the magic wishing well and he does so, but the way his own wishes are answered is a surprise and I don't want to give away the ending.

Kids who like traditional fairy tales will enjoy this book because it's an unusual take on that sort of story. The author, Liam Maher, grew up in Ireland so it's not surprising that he knows a lot about the kinds of magical creatures in his story.

Gin May's illustrations are beautiful. I especially liked the traditional style pictures of the magical creatures, the realistic birds and the lovely cover.

This book would make a great Christmas gift for kids but the story can be enjoyed at any time of the year.


Unknown said...

Yes, I've seen signs of Christmas as well, Jan. This looks like a lvely book, and I wish the readers of it a Happy Holiday!

Susan Hornbach said...

Great review Janet. I too have reviewed this book. Liam has a knack for teaching good lessons in his books for children. Thanks for sharing.

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thanks, Nancy and Susan.

penelope anne cole said...

Hi Jan, I enjoyed this storybook, too. It's a very good time of year to post this review -- Christmas shopping time! Best to you and Liam.

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thank you, Penelope.

EmmaGlover said...

Like your review, Jan. The book sounds like a fun story (Christmas,St.Patrick's Day, and everything in between). Loved your little tease about not giving the ending away.
Best wishes, Liam.

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thank you, Emma.