Broom, Zoom!

Overview

"I want the broom."
"I need the broom."

There's only one broom, and two people who need it. What can a little witch and little monster do? In this gently spooky story, a little witch and a little monster learn about friendship, sharing, and all the different uses for one simple broom.

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Overview

"I want the broom."
"I need the broom."

There's only one broom, and two people who need it. What can a little witch and little monster do? In this gently spooky story, a little witch and a little monster learn about friendship, sharing, and all the different uses for one simple broom.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A brief tussle between a girl witch and a green goblin over the use of a broom is neatly resolved in this short but absorbing story. The witch wears a too-long purple robe and a huge, pointy red hat; the goblin has ears that stick straight up and wears a diaper. Each page contains a line of monosyllabic dialogue that perfectly expresses their me-first desires. She wants the broom so she can ride up to the full moon ("Ooooooooooo!" she murmurs, gazing up at it). The goblin clutches his dustpan anxiously: "I need the broom." She responds, "I want it"; he repeats, "I need it." He opens a door to reveal spilled flour. "Yikes!" the witch says. She helps him sweep it up, then offers to give him a ride. Now it's his turn to say "Yikes!" Cohen's (Everything Is Different at Nonna's House) text carries just the right degree of force, and Ruzzier (Hey, Rabbit!) uses line and color effectively in his drawings to convey the small world in which the witch and the goblin live. Readers will easily recognize themselves in this duo. Ages 2-6. (Aug.)
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"Two friends briefly come into conflict and then resolve it in this sweet drama that is played out entirely in dialogue...Ruzzier frames this little play within simple compositions, allowing emotions plenty of room...Charming."—Kirkus Reviews

"Cohen's text carries just the right degree of force, and Ruzzier uses line and color effectively in his drawings to convey the small world in which the witch and the goblin live. Readers will easily recognize themselves in this duo."—Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
There is just one broom; however, Little Witch and Little Monster both wish to use it. Little Witch wants the broom to take a cruise in the night sky; however, Little Monster needs the broom. They banter back and forth, until Little Monster shows Little Witch his reason for needing the broom right away. There is flour spilled on the floor and he needs to clean up the mess. Gaining a better understanding of Little Monster's need for the broom, Little Witch pitches in and helps him as he uses the broom to sweep the spill. Then, Little Witch shares her reason (a moonlight ride) for wanting the broom. Little Monster appears a bit hesitant when Little Witch offers to take him for a ride on the broom. Yet, the two take off to fly in the full moon sky. The words are few and the simple illustrations are supportive in conveying how two characters work out their problem which ends with successful results for both of them. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Little Witch howls at the moon and decides that she wants to take a flight on her broom. She goes into the house where Little Monster is using it. An argument ensues. One "wants" the broom, the other one "needs" it. They go back and forth until Little Monster reveals a bag of spilled flour on the floor. Then Little Witch realizes the need for the broom and helps her friend clean it up. With the job done, the two fly off into the night. The text is simple enough for beginning readers, as the characters speak in one- and two-word sentences. The illustrations were digitally created in flat, singular colors. The two friends are outlined in black, and background is minimal. Although Witch and Monster give the story a Halloween feel, it is a simple tale of cooperation and friendship, and youngsters will respond to it as such.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416991137
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 745,748
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.44 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Caron Lee Cohen is the author of many picture books including Everything is Different at Nonna's House, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata, Martin and the Giant Lions, illustrated by Elizabeth Sayles, and Happy to You, illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger. She lives in New York City.

Sergio Ruzzier is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including Amadina, The Room of Wonders, and The Little Giant. He has created comic strips for Italian magazines Linus and Lupo Alberto Magazine. He has also done work for in many national and international magazines and book publishers. His work has been awarded by American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, The Society of Publication Designers, and Parents’ Choice. He lives in New York. Visit him at www.ruzzier.com.

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