The Secrets of Droon: The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet
by Tony Abbott

Volume I, The Secrets of Droon "The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet" was given three thumbs up by my children and their dad. (The kids are currently 6 and 8; boy and girl).

The story begins with three children -- Eric, Julie, and Neal -- cleaning a basement. They soon discover a hidden staircase which drops them into the mysterious world of Droon where almost immediately they are plunged into danger when they meet Princess Keeah, a bad guy named Sparr, a good wizard named Galen, and a host of magical creatures that tend to have more appendages than one normally finds in our own world.

My kids loved the magic carpet, the strange creatures, and not-so-scary danger. In fact, after dad finished reading the book aloud, there was an immediate outcry to race out to the library or bookstore to pick up Volume 2. Pajamas not withstanding.

  • The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet is a good Read-Aloud, especially if you take the shorter sentences and run them together. For children reading the book for themselves, the short sentences are, of course, an asset, so I wouldn't mark it down for that.
  • My children really liked this book. The adventure and mythical creatures caught their attention and kept it.
  • There is little in the way of violence or any objectionable material, unless you are adverse to introducing the notion of "magic" to your children.
  • Wonderful that it's part of a series.

Pam T
Somewhere in the X-burbs

The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet

Reading Information:

Word Count: 7,439
Page Count: 96
Accelerated Reading level: 2.9 / points: 1.0
AR quiz: 39829

Lexile: 380L
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
  • ISBN-10: 0590108395
  • sample pages

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lucy said...

My 1st grader loves this series. We have to pick up a few at a time from the library to keep up with him.

Pam T said...

I know, there's just something about this series that resonants with kids. Which reminds me we need to pick up another book in the series. We sort of got distracted by Mo Willems and Pigeon lately :o)