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Finn is a bored young leprechaun. He lives with his mum and dad in a small village named Duntappin, and goes to the local school there. He spends most of his free time with his best friend Dallan, but craves some excitement in his life. Unfortunately, Finn missed out on being blessed by the Good Luck Fairy and soon gets far more than he bargained for. He finds himself a long way from home in the hands of a travelling circus where he is little more than a 'freak' to amuse the customers.
By Lynne North
5-Star Award and review from Reader's Favorite:
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite 10/01/17
Be Careful What You Wish For by Lynne North revolves around Finn, a leprechaun who lives with his parents in Duntappin, a small village. He goes to a local school, but is bored with his life. He enjoyed the company of Dallan Murphy, but he longed to have an exciting life. Things take a turn when one day he is kidnapped and made to be part of the traveling show, Max's Marvels. Finn is not treated well by Max, the owner, and Finn is terrified of him. On the home front, Finn's parents discover that he is missing and they try their best to find out where he is. Will Finn be able to escape from Max's Marvels, the traveling show, and safely get back home to his parents?
The story has an excellent message to young readers that asks them to be happy with what they have. Many times children think there is more excitement in the outside world than in the lives they lead and this makes them look out for adventures, like Finn. All the characters are relatable and with a leprechaun being the main character, along with an ... (unusual) ... dog, the story has a whimsical vibe to it. For all those who love adventure, this book is a fun read and they will love the character of Finn. It is a good bedtime storybook and because it contains a message, it is perfect for parents to read out to their kids. The book can be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries as it teaches young readers new things, has a good message, and enhances their vocabulary.
Editorial Review by Piers Anthony
'I read Be Careful What You Wish For, by Lynne North. This is a young folk's novel featuring the young leprechaun Finn, who wishes for some great adventure instead of the rather dull and error-prone life he leads. Then he gets it, but not the way he wants: he gets kidnapped by a mean carnival freak show human man and put on display in a cage. Now he wishes for his old dull life back. A child should identify with the child-sized leprechaun and appreciate the kind-hearted incidental characters.'