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Fergal is Fuming!

Written by Robert Starling

Key Stage 1

LoveReading View on Fergal is Fuming!

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

Fergal is Fuming! Synopsis

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.

Fergal is Fuming! 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! Press Reviews

A dear little dragon whose fiery temper causes him to burn hole in everything - Sunday Telegraph, Best Books of 2017

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

Dynamic illustrations and realistic situations come together in this lighthearted but important take on anger management for children - Best New Children's Books Guide, produced by the Publishers' Association and published in the Guardian 2018

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783445332
Publication date: 25th July 2019
Author: Robert Starling
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: Family Issues

About Robert Starling

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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