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The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet (The Secrets of Droon #1)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  2,864 ratings  ·  205 reviews
The magic begins when Julie, Neal, and Eric discover a tiny room under the basement stairs. A rainbow-colored staircase suddenly appears and carries them to the secret world of Droon -- a land of shiny red men, giant flying lizards, and a princess who needs their help.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Scholastic
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Series I Need To Finish
2nd out of 33 books — 8 voters
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Series for K-2
4th out of 9 books — 3 voters


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Jamie
For all the hype I heard on this series I was a bit disappointed. The book is a second grade reading level (give or take depending on the child) with a kindergarten story line. It focuses on 3 children who are suppose to be cleaning out a basement and learn that the closet under the stairs is a gateway to another world, called Droon. They enter Droon, save a princess and go home. End of story.
The overall concept for this series seemed to have potential but I feel the author could have done a be
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Fatemeh
چطور می تونم به مجموعه ای که منو فانتزی خون و در واقع، کتاب خون کرد کمتر از پنج ستاره بدم؟:)
یادش بخیر دوم دبستان بودم شروع کردم خوندنش رو :)
بعد از اون بود که من عاشق و دیوونه ی کتاب و مخصوصاً فانتزی شدم...
Michelle Isenhoff
Early chapter books aren’t my specialty. I don’t read them often, but my son was in need of a new series, so I read the first book of The Secrets of Droon. I was impressed. The story was very simplistic, of course, but what takes me twenty minutes to breeze through takes him several hours. That’s enough time for a child to be thoroughly immersed in a magical adventure.

Eric Hinkle and his friends Neil and Julie are regular soccer-playing kids who stumble onto a stairway that leads to Droon. But D
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Mary
"'To Droon'" they cheered." I agree! This is a fun little chapter book which will appeal to grades 2-4 and maybe even early grade 1 readers. A little Chronicles of Narnia, a dash of Lord of the Rings, and a pinch of Harry Potter, wrapped in short chapters and age appropriate language, round out the recipe for The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet, the first book in The Secrets of Droon Series. Follow Eric and his friends down a secret staircase hidden in his basement to the land of Droon, fille ...more
Stevie ***[HIATUS]***
Aug 24, 2012 Stevie ***[HIATUS]*** rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: elementary grade kids, fantasy lovers, new readers
Shelves: fantasy
Back when I was in second grade these books were amazing. I remember reading one or two a day and having the series passed around the class once someone finished a book. For a fantasy loving, imaginative seven year old there was nothing better than sitting down on the couch after school with the latest book in the Secrets of Droon series. Of course that's not how I feel now that I've had more...um...exerience in the literature department, but for a children's' series, it was great fun to read. I ...more
Terri Lynn
This is a very nice little series for children from 4 (to be read to unless you are a homeschool family who teaches your kids to read at 4 like we do) to 9. Three kids are cleaning a basement when a hidden magical staircase pops up unexpectedly in a closet. Of course they all have to go down it and they discover a lower world called Droon which has wizards, kick-ass princesses, weird creatures, and an evil Sauron type guy who wants to get back the magical things he made long ago so to take over ...more
Nancy
My grandson who is an almost 7 first grader loves this series. I thought I should read at least one so I'd know the main characters and the basic plot. This book is a fairly standard secret world adventure story where the good guys are really good, the bad guys are "pure evil" and the children save the day. While it did not do much for me, I see why a 6 or 7 year old would really love this fast moving story.
Ardea Smith
Title / Author / Publication Date: The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet/Tony Abbot/1999

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Format: Hardcover

Plot summary: This book was easy to read and would have been just the sort of adventure I'd love to have read when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade!

After entering the tiny room underneath the stairs, three friends find themselves in a magic world of shiny red men and flying lizards, and they are soon forced to face great challenges in order to survive and make their way back
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Andrew
Okay, the truth is, this book is poorly written, has corny messages, and paper thin characters. It has about seventy five pages of plot, and the series goes on far too long. That's the way I look on it now. However, I was absolutely obsessed with this series when I was in second grade, and read the first twenty books or so really quickly, since I loved it. Since this book is aimed at that age group, it obviously did something right. By the way, something I'm annoyed at with these series (droon, ...more
Janice Villwock
2nd-4th grade

The story introduces us Eric, Julie and Neal who are best friends who discover a magical staircase that just appears under Eric's basement stairs. As they cautiously creep down the stairs the enter the mysterious land of Droon. This book is very fast paced full of magic, fantasy and adventure. There is a lot of white space with an occasional picutre. The paragraphs are 3 to 4 sentences and the sentences are short. The typeface is medium-large. Children would enjoy this book because
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Andrea
I finished reading the first book of the Secrets of Droon chapter book series with my 5-year-old tonight. He is completely enthralled, and has already started seeking out the subsequent books in his school library (we have #2,3, and 4 in a box set). After we finished the first book, he said "and tomorrow night we'll read the first two chapters of the next book!" I thought the writing was engaging for youngsters, and painted a very vivid and exciting picture of the adventures these young friends ...more
Michele
It's hard to know what to say about these books. As an adult I found them cheesy and laughable. I mean on the first page he spells dryer, drier. But and I do mean but...
There is also another side to these. For my first grade reader they seem to be the perfect length. He gets tired easily and reading out loud can't last too long if you want to promote reading. These books seem the perfect length and there seems to be just enough action and adventure to encourage him to get to the end of the chapt
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Jacqueline
These books are poorly written and ridiculous. There are much better series for 1st and 2nd graders to read. And if you read them out loud they are agony. Remember you shouldn't force children to read anything you wouldn't like and these are drivel. I try to steer customers away from them at the bookstore where I work. Try Magic Tree House or Geronimo Stilton, Cam Jansen or Junie B. Jones instead.
Jeremy
I've decided to read The Secrets of Droon series entirely for Christmas since i've been feeling a bit nostalgic. I want to be able to live a bit of the magic of being a kid and what beeter to help than this incredible series. I know that this series is for young kids but i feel it will still be great after all these years.
In this first we are introduced to the main characters and the world of Droon. Not much happens in this book, the plot is really simple and it is a fast read but it hints at m
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Irene
Dec 10, 2014 Irene rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kids in Elementary School
Recommended to Irene by: Damian
Shelves: children
I usually prefer to rate books individually, but I think in this case, I'll use book #1 to rate the whole series - as I did with the Magic Tree House books, to which this series is remarkably similar.

So far I've only read this first book, but I will update this review if anything new worth mentioning comes up as I read additional books.

Mostly, this book struck me as being just like the Magic Tree House, only different. Instead of a brother and sister pair, it's a trio of friends consisting of
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Jenifer
I read a lot of YA- especially as bedtime reading... I save the heavier stuff for when I'm not falling asleep, so I'm pretty well versed in the various kids series. My 7yo (who struggles with reading) loves these. LOVES. He found HP too long for the moment, and these are great for reading a chapter at bedtime. Yes, they're written in a manner that is, well, simplistic, but I think these are a great introduction to the fantasy genre, as well as the notion that a series can stretch over an extende ...more
Amy
Read this as a kid and read all the books in the series I could get ahold of, which was not very many at the time.
Lily
I remember seeing The Secrets of Droon series many times as a kid but never read them. I've only began to take a curious look at them now, and all I can say is WOW. I didn't expect these little bite sized books to be so involved! (I should have gotten into this series as a kid.) In this first book, three typical kids fall into a realm under a freaking BASEMENT and discover Droon, a land loaded with fantasy and all kinds if that good stuff! But they came at a bad time...

The villain in this story
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Kalyn
My son(9 years old) and I love to read before bed. It started where I read to him and now he will occasionally read to me. He reads other books on his own but it always comes back to the book before bed that mom has to read. We haven't missed many nights. Books for boys to enjoy are hard to find. This series, reading wise, may be below his level but they are filled with adventure, mild fight scenes, and characters turning into other things on occasion. It is the type of series that boys can get ...more
Skylar Burris
Listen, folks, this is no Roald Dahl. This is not good writing. But here's the thing – my 3rd grader can, and does, devour them completely on her own. In terms of story, these books seem to be a cross between Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter, but they are written on what I would guess to be a second grade reading level, and there is very little tension or character development (what little tension exists is resolved quickly). That is to say, like most modern young reader chapter books, thes ...more
Elizabeth
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Harold Ogle
Quite a few people knocked the Spiderwick Chronicles series of children's books for splitting what was ostensibly one novel into multiple volumes, but as you know from my reviews, I think it was a good choice in that it broke the story up into smaller chunks for more junior readers. Tony Abbott has completely trumped that with The Secrets of Droon series, which is spread across forty-four volumes. Each one is about sixty pages long (not counting illustrations), and tells the story of three kids ...more
Penny
While the writing in this story was just okay and the plot was a little tame for an adult, I think this was a pretty good read. The story is paced well for a child starting chapter books and is so much better then the Magic Tree House series. There's a healthy dose of adventure, which helps these books be that much more enticing to kids who may not enjoy reading much.

The story is an introduction to the characters and the world of Droon, a secret realm with a stairway access in Eric's (one of the
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Jessica Orth
I literally read every book, and made the time to grab my sleeping bag and pillow out to the trampoline where I would read after school until the sun no longer have enough light. All the Secrets of Droon books were amazing. The stories and situations Tony Abbott created were so different and exciting that putting the books down wasn't an option. They were addictive and a great read for children in primary school.
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Eric, Neal, and Julie have been friends since they got stuck in a tree during kindergarten. One day, while cleaning Eric’s basement, Neal kicks a soccer ball into a small closet under the basement stairs. A hidden staircase appears, and the children follow it into the land of Droon. Immediately, flying lizards ridden by red-faced men with flaming arrows attack them. Eric finds Princess Keeah, the daughter of King Zello, hiding from evil Lord Sparr. As Sparr’s lizard riders close in, Keeah gives ...more
*Miss Fame*
Actual rating: 2.5

Well, what can I say about this book? It was an easy, quick read, but had the horrible writing I can't stand in most children's chapter books (like the Magic Tree House series). So, while I didn't really like it THAT much, I will log it away for further use in my classroom. I think my kids would enjoy these books.

Addition 3/17/14
I don't understand why authors feel the need to dumb down literature when they write for younger kids. I just made the realization while we read this
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KWinks
In my quest to read more chapter books, I picked this one up. I can see where this would appeal to very young fantasy readers. The problem with chapter books, I find, is that the author is so very limited to size, style, and depth. So we are left with one dimensional characters who do this and this without us ever getting details. I know they are all like this, but I thought Droon might be funnier. Overall, I thought it had some cool fantasy creatures, some stock stereotypical leads, and a magic ...more
Kelly
Three kids find a magical staircase that leads into the land of Droon. While in Droon, they meet and help princess by locating a wizard and fighting a bad wizard.

I like the story as I always have liked stories where I find an entrance from my world into a magical, other world. I found the pictures to be confusing as the kids weren't ever described physically but their locations were. So, I was confused when the kid with glasses was in the chair was the main character, Eric, and not his friend w
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Jackie
Eric, Neal and Julie are best friends and they all love soccer. Eric's mom spoils the trio's soccer practice plans when she reminds Eric that he must clean the basement. While cleaning, a tiny door comes into view and through the door, a magical, rainbow-colored staircase appears. They can't resist and find themselves descending the staircase to the magical world of Droon. Here they encounter evil Lord Sparr and Princess Keeha. When Keeha is captured by Sparr the trio come to the rescue and save ...more
AVeryHungryBookReader
OMG!! I remember these!!! I loved this series. When I was seven I wrote my own stories starring Keeah (my first fanfiction, I guess). Gosh the memories!! It was these books, The Magic Treehouse books, and Junie B. Jones that were my life for most of my early elementary years. I loved The Secrets of Droon, because of all the magic and the pillow looking things.
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Tony Abbott (born 1952) is an American author of children's books. His most popular work is the book series The Secrets of Droon, which includes over 40 books. He has sold over 12 million copies of his books and they have been translated into several other languages, including Italian, Spanish, Korean, French, Japanese, Polish, Turkish, and Russian. He has also written the bestseller "Firegirl".
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