Silly McGilly is a friendly little leprechaun who loves nothing more than playing tricks on children.
St. Patrick's Day may be a long way away, but since today is September 17th, and our big Irish celebration is 6 months from today, why not seize the opportunity to introduce you to a little leprechaun, and host a giveaway to mark the day.
I suppose we can treat September 17th like St. Patrick's half birthday. My eldest boy celebrates a summer birthday, so I thought he would miss marking the occasion with his school classmates. Not in America!
Half-birthdays have now been invented to create a little razzmatazz for summer birthday kids, midway through their year.
"Wow!" is all this Irish-born mother could say, upon seeing a colorfully decorated, half-birthday hat, sported home from school one winter's afternoon. Somehow, I don't think Sr. Mary or any of the other Irish nuns who taught me, were ever worried about half birthdays.
Even so, dear St. Patrick, Irish American Mom is getting on board with this "we're half-way-there" celebration thing, and introducing everyone to none other than Silly McGilly, on this the mid-way point to your Big Day.
Who Is Silly McGilly?
Silly McGilly is a friendly, Irish leprechaun. When March arrives each year, all leprechauns love to take a break from shoe-making. Silly loves to travel all over the world from Ireland in the weeks before St. Patrick's Day, to play fun little tricks on children.
His story is told in a rhythmical, rhyming book, which lets little ones know to place Silly's doll by a window each evening. When Silly sees the leprechaun doll he knows he's welcome to come and play tricks.
That's when the high jinx and leprechaun magic begin. Sometimes he leaves treats. He loves to write jokes or limericks. He's even been known to turn food or even toilet water green. His antics are as limitless as your imagination, but the creators of this fun little toy have many suggestions to help you create excitement in the run-up to St. Patrick's Day.
"I'll work my shenanigans while you are snug asleep,
don't worry that I'll wake you, I will not make a peep.
When you wake up, find the trick that I've done.
I hope your whole family will join in the fun."
- Excerpt from Silly McGilly's book.
Silly can even be used in the classroom to add some green sparkle to those dark, cold mornings in early March. In schools he sometimes leaves materials for making a St. Patrick's Day craft, and he's even been so daring as to change pupils' names. Everyone's Irish with an "O' or a Mc" before their name. The possibilities for leprechaun school fun are endless.
Silly McGilly has his very own website, and there, parents and teachers can find ideas for leprechaun fun and games. Silly has even created downloadable learning templates, including Shamrock Rhymes, Letters to McGilly, and Silly McGilly Scrapbook templates.
Who Created Silly McGilly?
Silly McGilly is the brain child of three Irish American sisters from New Jersey. Michelle Dougherty, Eileen Cowley, and Victoria Coffey have always enjoyed celebrating their Irish heritage, especially around St. Patrick's Day. Their own children inspired them to create Silly McGilly, the perfect little leprechaun to add family magic to March days and nights. You don't even need to be Irish to join in the fun.
Charlotte Cheng beautifully illustrated Silly's story. When she is not creating art on walls, sidewalks and paper, she's usually dreaming of Ireland.
How To Purchase Silly McGilly:
Silly McGilly can be purchased online for $34.95. From 9/10/14 through 10/17/14 in celebration of ½ way to St. Patrick's Day, autographed copies of the book are being offered.
Silly even has his very own Facebook page.
The creators of Silly McGilly contacted me to see if I would help spread the word about their magical creation. I love to support Irish American entrepreneurs, so I'm delighted to share a little leprechaun fun with you through this giveaway.
The prize is a Silly McGilly giftpack, which includes one 8" Silly McGilly plush doll, and one beautifully illustrated hardcover copy of the 8.5"x 8.5" Silly McGilly book. The set is beautifully packaged in a keepsake box.
To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on this blog post, or for an additional entry you can follow Irish American Mom on Pinterest. Then simply complete your entry on the following Rafflecopter widget. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 24th. Just check the widget below to learn who is the winner.
A big thank you to Big Treasure Publications for providing this wonderful prize, and best of luck to all who enter. I'm looking forward to reading all your leprechaun inspired magical comments.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
And now a little bit of legalize through a quick disclosure: Irish American Mom does not have any financial connection with Big Treasure Publications and did not receive any cash payment for publishing this post and giveaway. I did however receive a giftpack including Silly McGilly's book for review purposes. This in no way influenced my review. Thank you to all who support the wonderful Irish and Irish American enterprises who sponsor giveaways on my site.
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