Mr. Topper, the Pot-bellied Pig by Liam Maher

Mr. Topper, the Pot-bellied Pig  is a delightful story of a potbellied pig searching for a new home.

Mr. Topper has no one to care for him. He lives on his own and it doesn’t seem to bother him much until one very cold winter. He decides to search for a new home and someone to pet and pamper him. But he is turned away time and again. Finally he discovers the home of a lowly woodcutter. He pretends he is lucky so that the woodcutter will take him in. Soon they both discover how lucky Mr. Topper is.

This is a fun book. You have a talking pig, a billionaire, a billionairess, a woodcutter, and the tooth fairy rolled into one fantastic and silly fairy tale. Kids will find a talking pig to be a blast, especially as he’s trying to weasel his way into a new home by claiming to be lucky. Hailing to Ireland, the land of Maher’s birth, many of the wonderful illustrations provided by Vanda Lavar include four-leaf clovers. Like his other book, Golden Daffodils, magic and fairies play a role in this one.

One tiny nitpick is the number of errors in the book. This is unusual for a GAP title, which is why it caught my eye. In addition to the title being different on the cover than it is on the inside, potbellied is spelled with a hyphen on the cover and without it inside the book, and there are other misspellings within the story. When it comes to children’s books, I feel it is of great importance that errors be kept to a minimum.

That aside, it’s a wonderful story and I truly enjoyed it.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10:1616330570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616330576
  • SRP:  $9.95

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation to provide my review.

Golden Daffodils by Liam Maher

A touching story that celebrates the beauty of nature and true friends is what you’ll discover in Golden Daffodils by Liam Maher.

Paddy, the gardener, looks after his beautiful flower garden. Each year he hopes to take home first prize at the Spring Flower Show. His feathered friend, Tupo Hoopoe encourages him with wonderful compliments. One day Tupo Hoopoe spies a fairy in the garden. She drops her bag of magic fairy dust when a bee frightens her away. Tupo Hoopoe decides to help Paddy by sprinkling the magic dust over the daffodils. But the morning of the Spring Flower Show comes and the beautiful golden daffodils have been stolen. Tupo Hoopoe races to get them back in time.

Golden Daffodils by Liam Maher is the perfect story for anyone who appreciates nature and adventure. Maher has taken his love of gardening and turned it into a lovely story for young readers to enjoy.  Readers get a chance to experience the special bond between Paddy and Tupo Hoopoe. They witness the great lengths that Paddy’s feathered friend is willing to go to not only to try and help him win first prize, but also to get the daffodils back once they are stolen.

Marina Movshina created the artwork for Golden Daffodils. I’ve seen some of her work in the past, and she does another wonderful job with this one. her soft, warm colors blend so nicely with the beautiful story that Maher created.

I’ll definitely be sharing this story with my girls, both of whom help me in the garden.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10:1616330732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616330736
  • SRP: $10.95

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation to provide my review.