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The Firework Maker's Daughter [Paperback]

Philip Pullman
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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Book Description

4 Nov 2004

What Lila wants to be more than anything else in the world is . . . a Firework-Maker!

But firework-making is not just about being able to make Crackle-Dragons and Golden Sneezes. There is also one special secret: every Firework-Maker must make a perilous journey to face the terrifying Fire-Fiend!

Not knowing that she needs special protection to survive the Fire-Fiend's flames, Lila sets off alone. Her friends, Chulak and Hamlet - the King's white elephant - race after her. But can they possibly reach her in time?

This edition is beautifully illustrated by Peter Bailey.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; New Ed edition (4 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440866405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440866404
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,948 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 alternate Paperback edition.


"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
4.0 out of 5 stars this goes with a bang! 14 Feb 2003
By A Customer
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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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deliciously funny and exciting 12 Jan 2006
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad product description - as usual! 30 Oct 2012
By Ian
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By jop
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading for young minds! 22 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for all 10 April 2004
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a great funny book ,full of adventure 9 Mar 1999
By A Customer
This is about a girl called Lila & her Dad is a firework maker & she wants to follow in his footsteps. Her journey to become one is far more frightening than she could ever have known. I couldn't put the book down & read it in 2 nights !
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Advertised Amazon -
I was under the impression this was the novel, not a script. I know the book well and quickly glanced the description - which did not state it was a script. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr Nicholas S C Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
I bought this for my daughter to read to me. I enjoyed it more than she did and couldn't wait to hear each next installment. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Leticea Holland
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
My 8 year old and I read it together and it was a lovely book. I think it does need the interaction of an adult to make sure the child gets the subtle message of the book.
Published 3 months ago by xgua
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
children love the book not to long and not to short just right for thous children that love reading, great book
Published 4 months ago by JJ 102
4.0 out of 5 stars Philip Pullman – The Firework-Maker’s Daughter | Review
I didn’t even know this book existed until I discovered it in a charity shop, but I’m glad that I did – it’s a beautiful short novella by one of my favourite authors. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ok
I did not really like this book as it was a postscript and had no detail or anything just boring speech so it was not too interesting.
Published 7 months ago by Me
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I had expected.
This was not a story but a script for a play. It does not mention this at all in the description. If you look very closely at the cover you can just about read it. Very poor. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rach1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
Read at home to accompany class reading at school. Interesting topic which holds children's attention in language that they understand
Published 8 months ago by Sue T
1.0 out of 5 stars The firework makers daughter
Like everyone else, I bought this thinking it was the book not the script, very misleading, have rated it one star because it won't let you give none
Published 10 months ago by Debra Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Transport yourself into a semi-mythical land where this story about a girl, Lila, wants to learn a trade.
A great read. Kids will love this.
Published 12 months ago by Rhoobarb
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