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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite
Bradley and the Magic Carpet, written by Julian Hilton and illustrated by Jacqueline East, is an adorable children’s story about a young boy named Bradley. Picking blackberries so his father could make blackberry pie, Bradley ate some of the fruit as they picked. Then he gathered a little bowl of the sweet berries and dozed off on a Persian rug. Bradley is whisked away on a journey that takes him to faraway places he could only dream of when his carpet begins to fray. What is little Bradley to do? With blackberries still in the bowl in his hand, how will he get home in time for his father to use them in the pie?
I loved Bradley and the Magic Carpet. Julian Hilton and Jacqueline East have written and illustrated a wonderful story with a plot that children will love. With the promise of pie for dessert and the magic of a flying carpet, Bradley and the Magic Carpet is the stuff kids’ dreams are made of. The characters are fun and interesting and easy for young readers to follow through the tale as Bradley is whisked away on his adventure. Hilton and East have a masterful skill at telling a story through illustrations as well as the words that accompany them. I recommend Bradley and the Magic Carpet to anyone with children who love to read or be read to. I am certain Hilton and East’s tale will be loved for many years to come by children everywhere. I hope to read many more tales as fun and adventurous as Bradley and the Magic Carpet.