Here’s another extraordinary picture book from storyteller, Liam Maher, and illustrator, Gin May. THE PLUMBER AND THE WISHING WELL is published by Guardian Angel Publishing.

The plumber is in a quandary because he lost his job and has no money with which to buy Christmas presents for his family. His friend Tupo Hoopoe flies to visit Oracle Owl to see if he has any advice. Sure enough, he does.

Oracle Owl sends Tupo to the Wishing Well, where from the tall fir tree, he sees something unexpected.

Then the scene changes as three magical creatures approach the Well: an elf, a fairy, and a leprechaun. Each one wants to make a wish.  The elf wants a robot to do his wife’s housecleaning; the fairy wants a white horse for her fiancé; and the leprechaun wants a gold bar for the Leprechaun King.

Now they are up against a quandary, too. Their wishes do not come true, even though they tossed golden coins into the well over their left shoulders as they had always done.

Tupo Hoopoe offers to go get the plumber to fix the well. The three magical characters accept his offer and the plumber comes.

The plumber is tall enough to look down into the well and see the problem. Now he’s both a clever and generous person, so he comes up with a surprising and fun solution that makes everybody happy.

The magicals all get their Christmas wishes and the plumber has enough money to buy his wife and son and daughter nice gifts. Even the plumber’s donkey wishes the fairy’s horse (the one she wished for as a gift for her fiancé) a Happy Christmas and it’s reciprocated.

Gin May’s illustrations capture the place and emotions of the characters perfectly in a variety of ways, from pastel to jewel colors and even a captivating silhouette. She does a fantastic job with the birds.

Liam Maher grew up in the beautiful gardens of Dromoland Castle in County Clare, Ireland.

This and the surrounding picturesque countryside coupled with the old beliefs during his boyhood days of leprechauns, ghosts and fairies were to inspire his children’s stories that were to come in later life and originally written for his grandchildren.

Liam has had two other books published with Guardian Angel, The Golden Daffodils and Mr. Topper, the Lucky Potbellied Pig. More are coming soon.

Liam spends his time gardening, keeping fit, entertaining his grandchildren and searching for leprechauns.

Here’s the buy link for The Plumber and the Wishing Well at Guardian Angel Publishing:



19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nancy Stewart
    Aug 12, 2012 @ 23:08:24

    Lovely book, particularly given Liam’s childhood in Ireland. All best wishes on the book’s success, and thanks, Barbara, for the review.


  2. barbarabockman
    Aug 13, 2012 @ 11:12:46

    Hi Nancy,
    I’m also wishing Liam success with this cute and surprising book. And to you, thanks for being a friend in need.


  3. Liam Maher
    Aug 13, 2012 @ 11:31:37

    Thanks Barbara for the lovely review. My thanks also to Nancy for the good wishes.


  4. sharon stanley
    Aug 13, 2012 @ 14:04:32

    Barbara first le me say I LOVE the name of your blog! Liam’s book sounds charming with everything a good fairytale should have. I wish him good luck with it. Thanks for sharing an angel’s latest!


  5. barbarabockman
    Aug 13, 2012 @ 14:49:41

    Hi Sharon,
    Thanks for the lovely comment about my blog’s name. I hope it covers the gamut of all the topics I like to write about.

    Liam’s fairy tale is fun and makes a great Christmas story. Thanks on his behalf for visiting and commenting. I love the way The Angels support each other.


  6. susan Hornbach
    Aug 13, 2012 @ 15:13:28

    Liam’s book is a keeper; one that should be on the shelf as a Christmas tradition. What child doesn’t like the magic of an elf, fairy, or a leprechaun!


  7. Liam Maher
    Aug 13, 2012 @ 15:30:40

    Thank you Sharon and Susan. Your nice comments much appreciated.


  8. barbarabockman
    Aug 13, 2012 @ 15:42:42

    Hi Susan, Leave it to an ole leprechaun hunter to write a great fantasy!

    Hi Liam, Your book is stirring up a lot of interest. Congratulations.


  9. Liam Maher
    Aug 13, 2012 @ 19:10:25

    Thanks again, Barbara, this is so exciting for both me and the leprechauns.


  10. barbarabockman
    Aug 13, 2012 @ 23:10:04

    Hi Liam, Next time I go to Ireland, I’m going to spend some time looking for leprechauns.


  11. melangeofcultures
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 10:42:17

    Wow! This book sounds like a very good read for kids! Thanks for sharing it with such passion. GREAT, I LOVE THIS: “Liam spends his time gardening, keeping fit, entertaining his grandchildren and searching for leprechauns.”


  12. Penelope Anne Cole
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 17:47:11

    Hi Barbara, I loved Liam’s book and also reviewed it. Thanks for more info. about Liam. It’s a good children’s gift at any time, but especially at Christmas.


  13. Liam Maher
    Aug 19, 2012 @ 09:33:58

    Thanks Penelope, you did a lovely review also.


  14. susan Hornbach
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 01:06:52

    Great children’s book!


  15. Liam Maher
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 10:42:55

    Thanks for your continued support, Susan.


  16. barbarabockman
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 15:14:33

    Liam, I’m pleased that so many people like the sound of your book.


  17. Liam Maher
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 16:33:22

    Thanks Barbara, it’s really uplifting.


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