Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta. The Fire Falls. (Merida series, #2. ) Illustrated by Gurihiru. Random House/Disney, 2016. $9.99. ISBN 978-0-7364-3291-7. 124 pages. Ages 5-10. P8Q6.
This is the second book in a new early reader chapter book series. Merida, the Princess of DunBroch and the star of Disney/Pixar’s Brave, finds herself in a hullabaloo when she unknowingly makes an impulsive wish in the presence of a mischievous fairy. Merida has known Young Macintosh most of her life yet she has not created a positive relationship with him. When Merida takes the time to make the fairy’s spell right, she gets to know Ryan (also known as Young Macintosh). She learns that they share a dislike of haggis, a traditional pudding made of the heart, liver, etc., of a sheep or calf, minced with suet and oatmeal, seasoned, and boiled in the stomach of the animal. She learns that they have other commonalities including a passion for archery and horseback riding. I appreciated the theme of accepting others and friendship. This is a book that I look forward to adding to our classroom library.
February 2016 review by Penny McDermott.