According to the rules in this version, a leprechaun once spied must lead his captor to the pot of gold--but only ""if you keep your eyes on him and not close them or look away."" So of course the leprechaun tries to trick our jaunty tradesman into looking away, and he has a time of it. Neither alarms (""God's mercy! The devil himself has popped up behind ye!"") nor temptation (""Ah, and there's a glorious sight! A prancing white horse and a bonny lass riding with her skirts blowing in the breeze"") can derail the man's gaze. . . but, alas, the pitiful tale of a poor widow has him sobbing into his handkerchief--and looking up to find the leprechaun gone. Told with Kennedy's gift for gab and illustrated to match with Sewall's puckish charm, this picture-book leprechaun will have his way with an audience too.