(with illustrations by Nick Harris, Doubleday, 1995; with illustrations by S. Saelig Gallagher, USA, Arthur A.Levine Books, 1999)
Another story from a school play. I always loved the names they give fireworks – ‘Incandescent Fountain,’ ‘Golden Vesuvius’, and so on – and I began by making up a story that could have a lot of firework names in it. I also liked the idea of a white elephant being covered in graffiti. The whole story just grew out of those things, but I do think that what it says about the Three Gifts that Lila has to bring to Razvani, the Fire-Fiend, is true and important.