Earlier this week I read a little book that made me laugh right out loud. I just love that … finding books that make me laugh. This one was a fun book by Philip Pullman called The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, and is quite timely, since today is the 4th of July with lots of fireworks around here!
“A thousand miles ago, in a country east of the jungle and south of the mountains, there lived a firework-maker called Lalchand and his daughter, Lila.”
It’s a humorous tale, the story of a daughter who wants to be a fireworks-maker like her father. Lila grew up helping her father create wonderful fireworks. She is very creative and invents some magical concoctions, such as her “Tumbling Demons” and “Shimmering Coins” displays.
But her father thinks that he will have a very difficult time finding a husband for her if she becomes a firework-maker and has singed eyebrows and burned fingers, so he refuses to teach her the most important secret. However, she won’t take no for an answer and sets off seeking the one thing every master firework-maker needs — royal sulfur. Lila meets many humorous characters on this quest who help her learn exactly what it takes to become a great firework-maker.
I loved this character, with her persistence and her spunk, and enjoyed the story with it’s humor and it’s very positive messages. A fun read for the whole family!