Reader Reviewed Firecrackers by Zaro Weil


Written by Zaro Weil
Illustrated by Jo Riddell

5+ readers   Books of the Month   7+ readers   Poetry    

The Lovereading4Kids comment

April 2018 Book of the Month Beautifully illustrated by Jo Riddell, this collection of poems and stories is a perfect gift book. It’s ideal for dipping into, for quiet reading and for reading aloud; indeed, unusually amongst the stories, haikus and poems, there are a couple of rhyming plays too, great fun for the family or a group of friends. Single collections of poems are relatively rare these days, and it’s lovely to find one that gives the poet the space and time to explore ideas and return to themes. Poetry speaks to children directly, and this should become a real favourite, a book, to quote Rachel Rooney’s review, ‘to spark the imagination’.

Other recommended anthologies for children include A Poem for Every Day of the Year edited by Allie Esiri, and Kate Wakeling’s CLiPPA winner Moon Juice. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Lucas Blake, age 7 - 'This is a really good book to share with your family or read by yourself, especially if you love animals - the haiku poems sound like the animals wrote them themselves!'
  • Abbie Collings, age 5 - 'I love the front cover and the poem 'Winter' is my favourite at the moment as it is really snowy outside right now!'
  • Abbie's Mum - 'Abbie really enjoys poetry and she has spent a lot time flicking through the book to choose poems to read aloud.  Certainly a collection to be treasured.'
  • Sam Briggs (& Mum), age 8 - 'An array of fun, serious, interesting and intriguing stories, tales and poems to read with your child or for them to enjoy alone.'
  • Elissa Watkin, age 5 - 'Firecrackers is a beautiful book that would make the perfect gift. Packed with poems and fairy tales the book is a fantastic read for children...I will keep this book for ever and ever and will always enjoy reading it.'
  • Jack Radford, age 6 - 'A fun filled book of verse, poetry and stories. We loved it! It was really fun to read them all aloud.'
  • Esmay, Year 7 - Thorp Academy - 'Firecrackers is an excellent book to dip in and out of because of the different elements to it such as Poems, raps, haikus and fairy tales which would be perfect for any reader!'


Firecrackers by Zaro Weil

The 101 poems, rhymes, raps, haikus, ballads, little plays, fairy tales and tall tales in Firecrackers pulse with excitement and wonder. It is a book where experience is turned upside-down: questions are answers, tomorrow is yesterday, and tears are laughter.

Every page invites the reader into an enticing world where concepts, language and rhythms conspire to spark imagination. Jo Riddell’s wonderful illustrations and her evocative and gorgeous line drawings draw the child even deeper into that mysterious world where the everyday becomes magical.

About the Author

Zaro Weil

Zaro Weil lives in southern France with her husband, two sheepdogs, alongside a host of birds, insects, badgers, wild boars, crickets, donkeys, goats, hares and loads more.

She has been a lot of things; dancer, theater director, actress, poet, playwright, educator, quilt collector and historian, author, publisher and a few others. Her poetry for children has appeared in many anthologies.

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Book Info


240 pages


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Troika Books

Publication date

28th March 2018




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