The Lucky Leprechaun - Astro's Adventures

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Astro the dog and his gang are dog-napped and forced to rescue a cat. They are taken to Ireland by a wicked leprechaun and that's just the start of their troubles! What an adventure they have meeting all manner of magical beings and exploring the ancient places of this beautiful country. This is an action packed, hilarious book written to delight readers from 8 to 80! More

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About Susan Day

Susan is an author, canine behaviourist, and a storyteller. She lives with her family and dogs, in particular, Rocky the Border collie and Stella, the blind dog. She spends her time blogging, writing and illustrating; training and counselling dogs and being bossed around by the family cat, Speed Bump Charlie and his sidekick, Furball (see Dogs in Space).

Susan travelled around the world twice before she was seven years old. It seemed only fitting that the wonderful events she experienced and the places she visited on these journeys be recorded for history. Thus, her story telling skills began. Firstly, to Rupert Bear, her lifelong companion, and then to a host of imaginary friends and finally to her pet dog once the family finally set down roots in Australia.

Susan is passionate about children's literature and wants to inspire children to be better people and encourage them to follow their dreams. She runs workshops for children teaching them how to form the wonders of their imaginations into stories.

Susan lives in a small country town where there are more kangaroos than people. She shares her country property with four dogs, three cats, three rescue guinea pigs and a very large fish and her patient husband. More about her adventures are reflected in Clarence the Snake from Dunolly.

About the Series: Astro's Adventures
Meet the fun and zany dogs and cats in this wonderful children's series. Based on the lives of real dogs and cats, Astro's Adventures will take your middle grade chapter reader on exciting journeys across the world. Laugh out loud as you explore the mysteries that only Astro and the gang find themselves having to unravel.

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Reviews

Review by: Adwitiya R Dixit on March 27, 2017 :
The book is a part of a series but the author does not let that affect the story. The book can still be enjoyed as a standalone story and kudos to the author for that. The book is written in a simple manner which makes it easy to read for the children, where the book is aimed at. Moreover the main characters are dogs and that makes everyone instantly fall in love with them.

A great read.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
Review by: Wilde Blue Sky on Oct. 23, 2016 :
A group of dogs, who work for a secret dog protection organisation, are set a challenge.

I found this an entertaining short story full of odd situation / characters / ideas – the narrative flowed with a good pace and there were bits of Irish history / folklore sprinkled within the story. The villains were bad, but not too extreme for children, and the heroes all had their odd skills / limitations / quirky characteristics.

Worth a look if you want a story read to / with a young child (especially if they are animal lovers) or if you’ve read and enjoyed the rest of the series.

I understand that the proceeds from the sales of this book are being given to an animal charity which is always a plus.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: Patricia Furstenberg on Sep. 27, 2016 :
Pets bring happiness and humor into our lives. They lighten our day-to-day burdens and they lift our spirits, often teaching our children empathy in a silent and unquestionable way. But what happens to those pets that are often abandoned? Wouldn’t it be nice to know that someone is standing up for them? Rescuing them, protecting them?
Someone is. They are the secret members of “The Organization”, especially its Australian Division. They are Astro, Rocky, Stella, Digger, Indy and Alfie and they are back in the 12th book of the “Astro’s Adventures” series by Susan Day, to rescue and protect animals in need.
Only that this time they are thrown into the adventure and, to honor a deal, they have to rescue a most peculiar pet, King Leprechaun’s favorite pet… a C.A.T! This precious feline with special powers has been stolen by someone in the Hunted Woods. Things get complicated and quite dangerous for our hero dogs as they have to go in a scavenger hunt while, at the same time, someone else is after the King Leprechaun’s reward!
The story flows easily and is packed with adventure, humor and even technology! Let’s not forget, these dogs are no ordinary dogs, but members of a rescue organization.
“The Lucky Leprechaun” is a good blend of reading and the love for animals. This book is great for a parent to read-aloud to a young child as well as for a confident reader to enjoy on his own.
Thank you, Susan Day, for donating the proceeds from the sale of this book series towards animal welfare shelters. What a great way to raise compassionate readers!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Tabitha Ormiston-Smith on Sep. 27, 2016 :
I was more delighted than I can say to receive this, the twelfth and latest book in the Astro's Adventures series. Once again we are taken to far-off places and treated to some educational facts along with the hilarious adventures of Astro's gang and the nefarious arch-villain, Speed-bump Charlie. The eductional content, though, is never obtrusive - it slides under the surface without notice, just as educational content in a children's book ought to do.

There is really nothing not to like in these books. They're funny, they're educational, and the good are rewarded and the bad punished, although no one ever dies or is badly hurt. I feel very sure that future generations of adults will look back on Astro and his gang with fond nostalgia, as we do on the Famous Five and their ilk.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Victoria Zigler on Aug. 13, 2016 :
This is a fun addition to the series. Like with the other books in the series, the characters are interesting and often amusing, and the plot is entertaining. Unfortunately, the other thing this book shares with the other books in the series is the confusion as to whether these are actual animals, or humanoid creatures bearing some resemblance to animals, since they sometimes seem to be one, and at other times seem to be the other. Still, the series as a whole is fun to read, and this book is no exception.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
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