Silly McGilly and a St. Patricks Day Lime Shamrock Punch

St. Patricks day is almost here. It is actually just right around the corner as I like to say. It's Toddler Book Talk Tuesday and today I want to highlight a book that is perfect for St. Patricks Day. We all those that mischievous Elf who dominates Christmas, well there's a new Leprechaun who's taking over St. Patricks Day. After all there's nothing more Irish that a Leprechaun. Meet Silly McGilly and today he also shares a recipe with you, a delightful St. Patricks Day Lime Shamrock Punch. Silly McGilly is a breath of fresh clover air.  He visits homes and classrooms across the country to leave a little treat or play fun tricks on children in the month, weeks, or days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day.

In the hopes of creating a new and unique way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, an adorable new leprechaun and book, Silly McGilly, was dreamed up by 3 sisters of Irish American heritage in New Jersey.  With 10 children between them, and their immense love for family traditions, the Coffey sisters had plenty of inspiration to create Silly McGilly.  Or as they call him, “St. Patrick’s Day fun for your wee little one!”

The story is a quick fun read and we just loved the illustrations. In the back of the book there is a list of tricks that Silly McGilly has played in homes and in the classroom that you can recreate. One such as turning your breakfast food green and even leaving green balloons in the children's rooms. Nothing spiteful but all in good fun. Silly McGilly has even been known to show up in my toy dollhouse taking a bath in the tub.

Here's an excerpt from the book:
Here is a toy that looks just like me.
Remember: I'm a leprechaun that you'll never see.
Each night you put your toy by a window in full view,
This is my invitation to come visit you.
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. 

You can check out the Silly McGilly website where you can buy your very own book and doll, check out sample tricks and activities. Here are the ways you can connect with Silly McGilly:

Now on to his St. Patricks Day Lime Shamrock Punch.


1 2 Liter bottle of Ginger ale

1 quart of Lime Sherbet


1. Place Lime Sherbert into a punch bowl and pour in Ginger Ale. That's it! Easy Peasy!

Serve and Enjoy! Easy to make and would be a delicious and refreshing St. Patricks Day drink for the entire family.

Annmarie John


  1. I am so going to have to look into that book for the girls, as we do celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Kevin being 100% Irish here. And of course thank you for the drink recipe, too ;)

  2. What a cute book and idea. I think I can even manage to make the punch hehe.

  3. Cute! My hubby's birthday is St. Patrick's Day, so he would be amused by this book. And he would LOVE this punch!

  4. My girls love Elf on the Shelf, and this sounds a lot like that! I know they would love a little Leprechaun to come play tricks on them during the St. Patrick's Day holiday!

  5. That Lime Shamrock punch sounds very good-I am definitely going to try that one. That book and the little leprechaun should bring lots of smiles to any child.s face.

  6. I want to get that book! Even though my son is still little, it's fun to start new traditions with him early!!

  7. The book is very cute.I will be making that lime shamrock punch for St. Patty's day!

  8. What a cute book - my daughter would love it

  9. We don't celebrate but it looks like a cute book! And I like the punch!

  10. I'll bet kids giggle and giggle at his silly antics. What a fun book!

  11. Love the book and illistrations. That punch looks awesome.

  12. This looks like a cute book. I want some of that green punch!

  13. That book looks very cute. I'm sure my daughters would love it. Your recipe looks delicious as well! Yum!

  14. This is such a cute way to teach kids about St. Patrick's Day. I love that it comes with a book for kids to read.

  15. oh goodness!! I know this book would be a big hit in our family... Last name being Gill and all! My daughter is loving learning of leprechauns and getting ready for St. Patty's Day! We have family coming into town, so maybe I need to make this punch too!

  16. How fun, I love the idea of the shamrock punch. I will try this for my kids.

  17. Fun. St Patrick's Day is so full if silly traditions. My kids love it!


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