Thursday, October 20, 2011

Book Review: The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit

Book Description:
The Phoenix and the Carpet is E. Nesbit's second fantasy novel and is the sequel to Five Children and It. From Robert, Anthea, Jane and Cyril's new nursery carpet there falls a mysterious egg which is hatched in the fire to reveal a benevolent, resourceful and ingenious Phoenix who explains that the carpet is possessed of magic qualities. And so begins a series of fantastic and bizarre adventures as the carpet transports the children and the Phoenix to places as diverse as a chilling French castle, a desert island and even the Phoenix Fire Insurance Company's offices, which the Phoenix believes to be a shrine for his followers.
My thoughts:
Earlier this year I read aloud 5 Children and It by E. Nesbit, which was a big hit with my kids. While visiting my parents in September I came across the sequel, The Phoenix and the Carpet, so we brought it home and added it to our read aloud list.

The children are introduced to the Phoenix, a bird, but not just an ordinary bird. This bird is very old and extremely vain! From him they learn that their new carpet is a magic carpet. Many amazing and exciting adventures take place as they travel on the magic carpet. Of course, just because it is magic doesn't mean everything turns out okay! Filled with many disastrous and sometimes hilarious results, The Phoenix and the Carpet is full of hilarious and sometimes disastrous results.

The Phoenix and the Carpet was a big hit in our house and we look forward to reading more about them in The Story of the Amulet.

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  1. I was not familiar with this Nesbit title. Thanks for piquing my interest.

  2. I still haven't read Five Children and It to my girls. Thanks for the reminder about E. Nesbit! And thanks for linking up to RAT!



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