Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Secrets of Droon #1: The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet by Tony Abbott


Underneath the steps leading down to Eric's basement is a hidden storage space. It's dusty and old -- nothing special at all. But when Eric, Julie, and Neal all huddle inside the gray room together, something unbelievable happens. A glittering light and then a rainbow-colored staircase appear. And as the kids take their very first step down into the mysterious land of Droon, they know that only magic and adventure await them!

My thoughts:
We are now revisiting another series from a summer or two ago.  My son brought home books one and two from his school library.  Even though he can, and is, reading the books independently, my other children wanted to read them too so I read it aloud as well.  We had fun the last time we started this series, but we never made it all the way through so it will be interesting to see  how long their attention stay on it this time around.

Eric, Neal and Julie are three good friends who visit the magical world of Droon by using a staircase in a closet under the stairs in Eric's basement.  The staircase is not always there.  They do not even know if they will be able to visit this new world again when they return.  They meet both friends and enemies when they are in this new world.

Princess Keeah is working to help her father the king and a wizard named Galen to defeat the evil Lord Sparr.  Lord Sparr is from the upper world, but has been down below for years.  He has purple gills on his neck and commands an army of Ninns (bright red puffy people) who ride flying lizards called Groggles.  He wants to find all of the objects of power so that he can take over not only Droon, but the Upper World as well.

The children have to work as a team and trust each other to help Keeah escape and to stay safe themselves.  There is very little fighting or disagreement among the children, which was refreshing, although maybe not totally realistic.I think this book really captures the imagination of children because we all love to think that good and evil are easy to distinguish from each other and that we would do the right thing.  It shows children fighting more with their minds and their intellect, than with weapons and violence. It seems to appeal to younger children as well, making it a good read for a larger age span of listeners.

Product Details

Pub. Date: June 1999
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: Paperback , 80pp
Age Range: 7 to 10
Series: Secrets of Droon Series , #1
ISBN-13: 9780590108393
ISBN: 0590108395

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