The Firework Maker’s Daughter


From Leaping Monkeys to Golden Sneezes and Java Lights, Lila knows fireworks. They are in her head and heart and at the tips of her fingers. Lila can make fireworks that dance, defy description, and go beyond those that any firework maker has made before. However, tradition states Lila cannot become a true firework maker unless she travels to the Grotto of Razvani in the heart of Mount Merapi to retrieve Royal Sulphur.

The reader joins Lila on her quest, alongside her friend Chulak, and his magnificent charge, Hamlet, the   King’s White Elephant. From blithering pirates to the Jungle Grill, the Full Moon Ceremony to an audience with the Goddess, ghosts within the grotto, to judgement from the King, ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter‘ goes beyond that ‘quest-like’ journey, to suggesting something about inner strength, initiative, curiosity and resolve. All the time, it is a cracking (Crackle-Dragon cracking!) great adventure story, deserving of its award winning status, and splendid reputation. We recommend ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter‘ to all readers aged from about 8 years of age.


The Firework Maker’s Daughter

Philip Pullman, with illustrations by Peter Bailey

(Random House Children’s Books)

Lila wants to be a firework maker more than anything. However, she must pass the true test of the firework maker, a terrifying journey in order to face the Fire Fiend and collect Royal Sulphur! This wonderful story holds the reader captive. From the unexpected to the marvellous, through friendship and farce, awe and spectacle, we travel with Lila, urging her toward her goal. We recommend this superb title highly to all readers aged from 8 years old, or so.

Gold Smarties Prize Winning Title. 


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