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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; New Ed edition (4 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440866405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440866404
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lila wants to be a firework maker just like her father, but before she can even start she has to make a hazardous, life-threatening journey to the den of the evil Fire-Fiend, battling her way through strange lands and nightmarish scenarios with elephants and pirates and strange beasts a-plenty tempting her from her path.

Philip Pullman has plucked a rare, exotic and totally bewitching idea from thin air and has turned it into the kind of magical adventure that all children dream of, crackling and sparkling with the same thrilling intensity as the fireworks in Lila's dreams. Lila herself is divine--the perfect blend of light-footed heroine and stubborn adventurer--and The Firework- Maker's Daughter, illustrated by Nick Harris, is a deserving winner of the Smarties Book Prize. A simply superb, gripping, action-packed adventure that will live long in the memory of anyone who enters Lila's world. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"One of those rare books with a confident magic all their own - sheer genius" (Independent)

"Full of hilarious, lovable characters this is a book you will want to read over and over again" (The Sunday Times)

"Pullman knows it is not enough to bargain on the richness of children's minds: successful writing of this kind depends on the creation of imaginative worlds that have enough internal coherence to be not only comprehensible but inhabitable" (Independent on Sunday)

"A wonderfully written adventure story" (Guardian)

"A brilliant book" (Derby Evening Telegraph)

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Feb 2003
Format: Paperback
A great novel for readers of 8 and over, although younger ones may not get the jokes! This story is about Lila, who wants to be a firework maker. Her dad isn't keen because she's a girl (!), so she goes on a quest to achieve her ambition. On the way she meets some hilarious characters (parents will enjoy reading it for the eternally optomistic Rambashi alone) and takes part in exciting adventures. This novel is about working hard to achieve your dreams. My children found it funny and inspiring - they started to talk and think about their ambitions and laughed out loud at the jokes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ian on 30 Oct 2012
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Like the other reviewers, I presumed this was the book, not a script.
Amazon's product descriptions are generally very poor.
Please improve these, and publish the book instead of the script!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jop on 22 Oct 2012
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i agree with the other reviewer. I too purchased this book only to find that it is not the book but the script for a stage play. it is very misleading, Amazon please could you amend the description to state that this is a script not the novel.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A. Craig HALL OF FAME on 12 Jan 2006
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Lila longs to be a fire-work maker, but her father is appalled at the idea she might follow in his footsteps, so tells her she can only achieve her heart's desire if she sets off to ask the Fire fiend. Her best friend the elephant boy, riding on the white elephant Hamlet, follows hot on her heels because Lila doesn't know that to survive she needs water from the goddess of the lake... and even if they succeed, Lila's father may be executed by the furious emperor unless she wins the contest. Rich with comic incidents (especially the bandit turned chef)it is one of the very best books you could read aloud to a 5 year old or give to a 7 year old.
A wonderful tale about how you can only get your heart's desire - especially as an artist - if you dare much and work for it, this is even better because of Peter Bailey's new illustrations for it.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Nov 2001
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The Firework Makers Daughter is a great story about a young girl with a big ambitition.Wanting to follow in her fathers footsteps by becoming a firework maker,leads her through an adventure through jungles and caves,till she meets the ultimate firework makers test.I love this book and thats because it is so imaginative and mysterious.In compaarison to say Enid Blytons books,this book matches her standard of writing if it is not better.An unforgetable story that's not to be missed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Frank on 11 April 2013
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Nothing in the Amazon description refers to this being a script. Usually, I don't read the reviews if I am familiar with the book as is the case with the Firework Makers Daughter. I had been reading this to my youngest daughter and before going away on holiday, I downloaded onto my Kindle. Imagine how upset my little girl was when I told her that we would have to read something else! I'm sure that it is a fine and well written script, but it is not the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne Brandon on 22 Aug 2013
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My young granddaughter had to read a book and review it during the summer holiday. She was given a list of books to choose from by the school. She absolutely loved this book and could not put it down.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By SC Dog VINE VOICE on 10 April 2004
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I first read this book when I was about 8 and remembered it for a long time after, always wanting to read it again. On the off chance I tried Amazon to see if they had it, when I saw it I bought it immediately and I am glad I did.
Pullman is the master at creating a story which pulls you in and places you right in the action. You can not put this book down, and when you have finished you will want to read it again soon after. Sutiable for all ages this book will never get old and will live with you for a long time.
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