The Magic Carpet by Jessica Norrie – Book Review



Outer London, September 2016, and neighbouring eight-year-olds have homework: prepare a traditional story to perform with their families at a school festival. But Nathan’s father thinks his son would be better off doing sums; Sky’s mother’s enthusiasm is as fleeting as her bank balance, and there’s a threatening shadow hanging over poor Alka’s family. Only Mandeep’s fragile grandmother and new girl Xoriyo really understand the magical powers of storytelling. As national events and individual challenges jostle for the adults’ attention, can these two bring everyone together to ensure the show will go on?



The Magic Carpet is set in a London school, where young children of 8 years old are turning fairy tales into a school performance.

They have been told they can make any changes they like and include anyone they want to.

So we follow the children to their homes and meet their families…..all from different backgrounds and it’s really a beautiful way of hearing all these stories. The different cultures, religions and languages and how they managed to make their lives in London.

There are grandparents, single parents, good and bad marriages and some sadness as there’s not always a happy ending….

A lovely diverse group of children and adults and not forgetting the difficult job the teachers do with almost limitless patience.

The final performances the children have created are thoughtful and show how the young really hold the power to change the world and our perceptions of it. Moving and thought provoking.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here




Jessica Norrie was born in London and studied French Literature and Education at Sussex and Sheffield. She taught English, French and Spanish abroad and in the UK in settings ranging from nursery to university. She has two adult children and divides her time between London and Malvern, Worcestershire.


She has also worked as a freelance translator, published occasional journalism and a French textbook, and blogs at


Jessica sings soprano with any choir that will have her, and has been trying to master the piano since childhood but it’s not her forte.


She left teaching in 2016. The Infinity Pool was her first novel, drawing on encounters while travelling. Her second novel The Magic Carpet is inspired by working with families and their children. The third is bubbling away nicely and should emerge from her cauldron next year.


The Magic Carpet is available at

The Infinity Pool is available at


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11 responses to “The Magic Carpet by Jessica Norrie – Book Review”

  1. Thank you so much for kicking off the blog tour for “The Magic Carpet” and for your very kind review. I wish you more good days than bad days and am glad that you continue to enjoy reading adn the escape that books and stories can bring.

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    1. Thank you, that’s lovely 💕

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      1. Will tweet etc. Social media not my forte but I’m getting there!

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  2. […] Here is the first book review on my blog tour, with huge thanks to the lovely Lel at The Bookwormery. I think I’ve done this right – hope to improve at “pressing” as the tour goes on! via The Magic Carpet by Jessica Norrie – Book Review […]

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  3. I really enjoyed this book – a great insight into life in a London primary school!

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    1. Thank you. Very touched..

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  4. Huge thanks for supporting the blog tour Lesley x

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    1. It’s such a lovely review to start off with too! Thank you.

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  5. How lovely to see Jessica’s new book featured here. A great post.

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      1. Lovely to see you here, Robbie!

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