The leprechaun gets the last laugh in this story filled with catchy rhymes. The miniature book also doubles as the body of a leprechaun toy whose arms and legs move when the head is pulled. The narrator spies a tiny, toiling elf and believes he has caught a leprechaun at last, along with his purse of gold. But once in the foolish manis hand, the mischievous leprechaun outsmarts him and escapes, using his skills of speed and wit. This poetic and humorous tale is filled with whimsical illustrations and playful repetition. The depiction of the leprechaun toy is amusingly adorable.