Paddy's Pot of Gold
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The illustration on the front of BfK this month is the cover of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass with illustrations by Sir John Tenniel. The book is published by Macmillan (0 333 29037 2) at £9.99, and we're grateful for their help in using this picture of Alice and the White Knight.
Yet another very funny book from Dick King-Smith. Paddy makes himself visible to Brigid only after a long list of conditions have been fulfilled. Firstly mistaking him for a carrot, she's delighted when he turns out to be a leprechaun. He becomes a special friend to this lonely girl and his ability to talk to the farm animals and relay weather reports from the badgers helps brigid gain her parents' affection. Movingly emotional, it deals with the loss of a close friend and yet skilfully remains an overwhelmingly amusing and compulsive read.