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

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,888 ratings  ·  170 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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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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Ada
This was our selection for this month's 2nd-3rd grade book club. Lots of potential for the series to be interesting,but not as good as our first read (Franny K. Stein.) The author introduces the main characters and gives a little glimpse into the world of Droon with the first story. Definitely a set-up for the over 30 titles that follow.

The kids definitely had more to say about Franny, but did seem to enjoy some parts of this. We followed our discussion with a game of Jingo and making "candy" s...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...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.
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
Erica Rhodes
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...more
*Queen Diva*
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...more
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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
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...more
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
Vered
Eric, Julie, and Neal are best friends, so when Eric has to clean out the basement, everyone pitches in. While tossing around the junk, they unknowingly open a staircase to the magical world of Droon. The problem starts when they go down the staircase and can’t get back to their world! Only by helping Droon to escape the evil plans of Lord Sparr can the three friends find their way home. This is a great story for young readers and a good book for parents to read out loud to younger children as w...more
Lisa
These are great books for kids, they are perhaps a step above The Magic Treehouse series. These books are a fantasy series, with a secret world through a basement door. The adventures of Eric, Julie and comical Neil, meeting up with Droon's princess Keeah, are fun and imaginative complete with the usual fastasy characters (bad and good wizards, kings and queens) and unusual fantasy characters. They have a drama, comedy and some parts are a little tense. We stumbled upon the series at the library...more
Susan
I read this book so I could recommend it to my sons. We were in need of some easy chapter books for leisure reading. These seem about the same level or a little above the Jigsaw Jones mystery books. This series does utilize magic and wizards and such for the plots so some readers may not want to read these. My Micah has really gotten into these stories and is very close to completing the series. The series has Special Edition books that I guess are to be read through out the original series. The...more
Miho Kobayashi
-SCHOLASTIC
-Time 9/23=30minutes: 9/24=52minutes.
-7-word summary: through- hidden- strange- space- discover- would
- droon
1. Main character handle inside a hidden storage space. Are you interested in mysterious place?
Yes, I'm interested in such a place. I want to adventure!!
2. Main character was taken into the mysterious land. What is mysterious place for you?
There are a lot of animals which I have never seen before.

I couldn't understand this book's contents well in the begining, but more and mo...more
Mikek
In the rating of this book, I choosed really amazing, the 5 stars. Because it is very imaginary. And I like imaginary. I like the part that there is a magic door and when you just open the door, you see magical staurs. I like Droon. I don't want to fight a monster in there because they are scary but if I were protagonist, which are Eric and his friends. I think the main imaginary part in Secrets of Droon #1 is a flying magic carpet. Because it kind of saved Eric and his friends.
Also fish head(?)...more
Yasuko Takatsuki
2011.6.16 7424words
Ratforcekids
The children in Tony Abbott's Secrets of the Droon series find themselves whisked away to a magical world after entering a tiny room beneath the stairs. With a similiar feel to the Magic Treehouse series, children will enjoy following these three friends through all 36 books. Start with The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet. Available as an audiobook.

Another popular, fantastical series is the Secrets of Droon. The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet is the first in the series. Lexile 380-500.
Sherry
Entertaining and well-written 2nd grade fiction. Great fast pace and adventure.
Trevor
This was a pretty good book, I liked how they went down these cool stairs to find something some what like the under world, where the main character meets this girl and these weird and evil nins are flying around on magical lizards.

They get sent to jail by the nins and while in there... they find a carpet and it just happens to magical so they fly away, drop the girl off somewhere,and then go back up the stairs and live...

"HAPPILY EVER AFTER!"
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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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