Well … How did you like Discovery in the Woods and Room for One More? I’m hoping you liked them enough to visit this page and find out about a Halloween adventure with Mr. McAllister. As I told you before, it’s not necessary to read the other books first, but it sure makes it a lot more fun!

img_4390-copyOnce again, my good friend Mark Leiser, drew the beautiful illustrations. First I wrote the book, then I decided where I wanted illustrations, and finally I met with Mark to share with him what I was dreaming up in my head. Mark got to work and after a few months he had the most beautiful illustrations I could have ever hoped for. How lucky am I?

By the time I wrote this book, Mr. McAllister and I had become very good friends. He trusted me even though I was a “Big One”, and I trusted him even though he was a wee one. I guess we learned that it doesn’t really matter what someone looks like, or where they come from, as long as they are a good, kind person, that’s all that really matters. And I can tell you – we really didn’t look alike at all. He was ten inches tall and I must have seemed like a giant to him, but we were fabulous friends. That’s why I was so surprised when he shared something with me that he had never told anyone before. Sometimes things seem so much clearer when you have a friend to talk them over with. And that was just how it was with us.

Halloween is such a fun night- there’s candy everywhere, crazy costumes up and down the street, spooky decorations and even some kids causing mischief. In Leprechauns in Disguise, Mr. McAllister learns a little about Halloween and what it really means to be brave. I must warn you … there’s even a little bit of leprechaun magic at work in this one!

As you read Leprechauns in Disguise, I have a feeling you’ll laugh, you’ll be surprised, you’ll be a little worried, you’ll laugh some more, and you’ll be very proud of my wee friend.

Sometimes when I am reading a book, I like to think about what I would do if I were the character. In this story, think about trading places with Mr. McAllister. What would you do? Would you do the same thing or would you have done something completely different? Thinking about the characters in this way helps you to really, really understand what it’s like to write a book and develop characters and events, problems and outcomes.

This is a story you’re sure to enjoy, even if you don’t have a wee little leprechaun by your side.