Reader Reviewed Fergal is Fuming! by Robert Starling

Fergal is Fuming!

Written by Robert Starling

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Young children will find lots to laugh at in this jolly story of a little dragon who can’t help losing his temper, and they’ll learn ways to manage their own anger too. When Fergal gets cross, he really gets cross, and being a dragon this results in burned buns (he couldn’t wait to eat them), scorched suppers (he didn’t want the veg), goalposts burned to cinders (he really didn’t want to play in goal). It upsets his friends and it’s making him unhappy too. Fortunately Mum has a useful suggestion – take a breath and count to ten. It works, while Fergal’s friends have helpful tricks of their own too. Robert Starling’s illustrations are full of life and character, and this is very good for sharing. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and share books from an early age and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Jack Radford, age 5 - 'What a fun book - it led to giggles, but also some thoughtful conversations about what it's like to be angry.'
  • Aidan, age 5 - 'I really like this book...This is a funny story and a happy ending.'
  • Aiden’s mum, Sarah - 'We also read it to his two-year-old brother and it worked well for them both. They loved the idea of Fergal setting fire to everything and it was a great way to start a discussion about emotions, reactions and responses.'
  • Abidah & Amatullah Khatun, ages 2 & 7 - 'This is a really nice book, not only because of the loveable characters and beautiful illustrations but I loved the message in the book...She especially loved the front cover and wanted to keep her face through the cut-out and make all the different faces Fergal was making.  
  • George Haine, age 5 - 'I like this book because Fergal keeps burning everything and that’s funny!  Fergal gets really cross and his mum tells him to count to 10 – that’s a good idea! This book is BRILLIANT!'            
  • Ian Eagleton - Teacher - 'A delightful, amusing picture book about managing your feelings and what to do when your anger seems to bubble over...Colourful illustrations complement this quirky story, that's sure to amuse younger children, whilst teaching them a valuable lesson.'
  • Elissa Watkin, age 5  - 'This is a lovely book with amazing pictures that support the story which is enjoyable whilst delivering a good message to younger readers.'
  • Abbie Collings, age 5 - 'Fergal the dragon keeps burning everything up by mistake but he learns to control his anger and finds out there are much more exciting things to do with his fire!'
  • Abbie's mum - 'This book tackles a difficult subject - handling strong emotions- in an appropriate, simple and very clever way.  Fergal the dragon is a very appealing character and it has certainly been great for us in helping give Abbie a way to talk about what to do when she feels cross.'
  • Edith and Cecilia, age 4 ½ & 2 ½ - 'Lovely book about finding a way to calm down when it all gets a but much. Both my children loved it and now have their own ways to calm down, unfortunately, counting to 70 takes a while...Brilliant book and a favourite in our house.'


Fergal is Fuming! by Robert Starling

A dragon with a short temper is not a good combination, as Fergal's family and friends soon find out. He burns the dinner (literally), reduces the football goal to ashes and absolutely cannot play a nice, quiet board game. It is only when he starts to notice other animals have clever tricks to calm down that Fergal begins to win back his friends, especially when he discovers dragons can cool off in a very handy way.


A striking and very charming debut about a little dragon learning to cope with his big temper. -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller

Amusing... Brilliantly simple illustrations with a lot of humour make this a future classic Books for Keeps, Best Books of 2017

This would be a lovely book to share with children, especially those who might get a little 'Fergal from time to time. Early Years Educator

You toddler will laugh along to this funny and engaging picture book of a dragon with a short temper, whilst you hope he picks up some of the clever tricks for cooling down Pregnancy & Parenting

All schools need a copy of this book... a delightful, thought-provoking read Books for Keeps

About the Author

Rob began doodling creatures and characters at school and hasn't stopped since. He lives and works in Bristol, and when he's not sketching up new characters or writing down stories he can be found sculpting, brewing coffee, adjusting his headphones or foraging in the kitchen for cake. Oh, and teaching kids. Fergal is Fuming is his first book.

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Book Info


32 pages


Robert Starling
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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

8th February 2018




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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