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Publisher's Summary

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 elephants, race after her. But can they reach her in time?
©1995 Philip Pullman; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"This comical adventure about a girl who longs to follow in her father's footsteps crackles with Pullman's usual flair." (Publishers Weekly)
"Narrator Lambert is a marvelous teller....Delicious entertainment for families highlights Pullman's keen, literate writing." (AudioFile)

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  • Elisa
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • 01-29-08

the seeing stone

The Seeing Stone was the first King Arther book I read. I think this is a good book however, for a bookthat is about magic, this book need more magic in it. If someone wants to read a magic book, I recormand them to try the Septimous Heap books. It's full of exiting events, lots of magic and interesting swits.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-22-18

Pretty pictures

Very much enjoyed this child's story
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  • S. B. Cheney
  • 11-30-17

we both loved it!

Both my 9 year old daughter and I loved this. My first Philip Pullman novel, now deciding which next ...

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  • Artoo
  • 04-12-16

Super

Super children's story full of vibrant colour and character. Delightful. A great performance of it too by the narrator.

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  • Andrew
  • 03-08-16

Hmmm...

I love Pullman, but this is not his best work. The narrator is clearly a good actor, but trying to do the voice of a young girl when you're a grown man is actually a little creepy and the effect was jarring.