The Firework-Maker’s Daughter by Phillip Pullman

Recommended by Mrs Robinson

Phillip Pullman, Author – Nick Harris, Illustrator

A stunningly illustrated short novel for age 9+.

This story has everything – adventure, danger, romance, humour, a happy ending, a moral and lovable characters too.

The Eastern oriental setting is the exotic backdrop for magic and tradition which lends a fantasy feel to the story. The plot, however, is one which all children can enjoy – a quest and a dilemma whereby the main character (Lila) endangers her own life by undertaking a perilous journey to face terrifying beasts for the sake of her ambition and curiosity. As a result, she becomes a much better Firework Maker but above all – a much better daughter and friend. 

When you pick up the book, remember to take your time to read the story, think about its message and marvel at the beautifully decorated pages throughout.

Mrs Robinson