Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Book Review: The Plumber and the Wishing Well ~ A Children's Christmas Story


Title: The Plumber and the Wishing Well: A Children’s Christmas Story
Written by: Liam Maher
Illustrated by: Gin May
Pages: 26
Ages: 4-10
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
Hardcover ISBN: 9781616332693
Soft cover ISBN: 9781616332686
e-Book ISBN: 9781616332709
Published: June 2012

Christmas Eve morning arrives and the poor plumber’s anguish of not being able to provide presents to his family breaks his heart. His friend, Tupo Hoopoe feels the plumber’s pain and seeks advice from Oracle Owl. An unlikely suggestion bewilders Tupo Hoopoe, but knowing Oracle Owl is wise beyond compare he travels to “the centre of the wood.” What Tupo Hoopoe witnesses there is beyond comprehension. Astonished by the arrival of three “little people,” an elf, a fairy, and a leprechaun at the broken and hidden wishing well, an idea like non-other comes to mind.

What can three little people and wishing well have to do with helping the poor plumber? Why empathy for another’s plight. This unlikely grouping of a plumber, an elf, a fairy, and a leprechaun sets the pace for a heartwarming tale of compassion and honesty.

Liam Maher’s expert knack of the written word brings the world of fairy tales to life in a magical Christmas story to be enjoyed throughout the year.

Gin May’s alluring illustrations captures the magic beautifully. 

Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval Recipient and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist


  1. Donna,

    This sounds like a intriguing story, with such and unusual cast of characters.


  2. Hi, Donna,

    What an interesting cast of characters, and I love the title. I'll have to check it out!

  3. Yes, I love the whole idea of the book. Such a lovely idea. Good luck, Liam and Gin, and thanks, Donna!

  4. Great review Donna. I too reviewed this book, and found it to be one of those books that will become a Christmas favorite for years to come. Wishing you great success Liam.

  5. I too reviewed the book and loved it - it's a very heartwarming tale with some amusing twists. Liam Maher did a wonderful job and the illustrations are nice too.

  6. HI Donna, I know others will enjoy this story as much as I did when I reviewed it, too. The magic is unpredictable and refreshing. Wishing Liam and Gin much success all year long with this special Christmas story.

  7. Thanks for sharing, Donna. As far as I'm concerned it's never too early to start Christmas shopping! :-)


  8. Thank you Donna for the marvellous review. To the others here who left comments I want to say thank you also. Such heartwarning words are of great support to a writer.

  9. Love the cover, Liam. Donna's review made me put it on my Christmas list for grand-kids. Congratulations, mate.

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