AMANDA AND THE MYSTERIOUS CARPET by Fernando Krahn

AMANDA AND THE MYSTERIOUS CARPET

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KIRKUS REVIEW

For a prestidigitator like Krahn, there's nothing very mysterious about a new rug turning into a magic carpet when Amanda (of the more ingenious Secret in the Dungeon) is reading ""Arabian Fairy Tales."" There's also a lack of imaginative eye-opening with the moves in this pat story spelled out in unexciting pictures--like the two views of Amanda's mother leaving to go shopping. On the other hand, kids of wordless-book age who haven't encountered the Arabian Nights will be in the dark on that point. What's kind of amusing, because Krahn can't help but be, is the carpet taking off and dumping Amanda on the floor; her imperious orders to the carpet, once she succeeds in getting back on (first, she rises to a cupboard for forbidden jam); and, in a stretch of slapstick, how the carpet rebels and strands her on the roof. A trifling use of Krahn's talent, but passable on its own unaspiring terms.

Pub Date: March 18th, 1985
Publisher: Clarion/Houghton Mifflin