Room on the Broom

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The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?

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Overview

The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

A witch finds room on her broom for all the animals that ask for a ride, and they repay her kindness by rescuing her from a dragon.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this lightweight, witty story, helpful animals find "room on the broom" of a generous witch. At first, a striped cat accompanies the cheerful sorceress: "How the cat purred/ and how the witch grinned,/ As they sat on their broomstick/ and flew through the wind." Next, a spotted dog retrieves the witch's flyaway black hat and asks to come aboard. The three riders soon welcome a green parrot (who finds the witch's lost hair ribbon) and a frog (who rescues her wand from the bottom of a pond). When threatened by a dragon, the loyal animals form a "Brementown Musicians" chimera whose "terrible voice,/ when it started to speak,/ was a yowl and a growl/ and a croak and a shriek." The witch repays them by conjuring a cushier vehicle. Donaldson and Scheffler, previously paired for The Gruffalo, emphasize the airborne animals' contentment and evoke sympathy for the broom's driver. In Scheffler's comical panels and insets, the witch has a warty nose and lace-up boots, but wears a pleasant smile; Donaldson puts a spooky/silly spin on the folktale format. The metrical rhyme and goofy suspense aren't groundbreaking, but readers will likely find it refreshing to see a witch playing against type. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The witch loses her hat, leading to a series of misadventures, each of which adds another passenger on her broom. The combined weight finally snaps the broom, leaving the witch at the mercy of a mean, hungry dragon. She is saved by her clever flying companions, and the jolly verses end with them all flying happily together on a larger, "truly magnificent broom." In large, colorful, action-filled scenes and vignettes, Scheffler depicts an appealing pigtailed witch, a benign landscape, and a magical world in a humorous, cartoon-y style. Even the final confrontation between the dragon and the "horrible beast" of her friends is conceived for fun, not fright. 2001, Dial Books for Young Readers, $15.99. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A witch and her cat pick up a dog, a bird, and a frog, and fly off on her broomstick. The frog jumps for joy, the broomstick snaps in two, the animals land in a bog, and a dragon captures the witch. What to do? As in the Grimms' "The Bremen Town Musicians," the animals, covered in mud, stand on each other and "yowl," "growl," "croak," and "shriek," scaring the dragon and saving the witch. All's well that ends well for the witch conjures up a super broom with seats for the cat and dog, a nest for the bird, and a pool for the frog. The story is in rhyme, bouncing merrily along, full of fun, and not at all scary. The illustrations are witty and wonderful. All the characters, even the dragon, have the same goofy grin and large, round eyes. Dressed in a purple skirt, red blouse, and black cape and hat, the witch, with a long, ginger braid, is more friendly than frightening. The image of the red dragon carrying her, passed out cold, is a hoot. And her cat is not the traditional black cat; it looks more like a baby tiger. The result is a surefire read-aloud hit.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142501122
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/25/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 732
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.75 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Donaldson lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    My 3 year old son absolutely loves this book and the movie too!!

    My 3 year old son absolutely loves this book and the movie too!! It's a wonderful story and should be added to any child's library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    sure to please

    Delightful, friendly story. Great read-aloud.

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

    Wonderful story

    Julia Donaldson writes wonderful books for young children. They rhyme which my 4 y/o granddaughters love and are fun for Grandma and Grandpa to read to them. Snail on the Whale is great too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Room in our library

    -daughter can't get enough of it.-great bedtime story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    We LOVE this book!!

    We purchased this book through a Scholastic book order a couple of years ago, and love it so much, that we have given the book to several others as gifts. The illustrations are adorable, and the rhyming of the story is perfect. I do the voices for my kids, and they think it's a hoot. I even read this to both their classes at the school Halloween parties last year, and it was a big hit. I have a lot of favorite children's books, but this is at the top of my list...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    strongly and highly recommended for five year olds

    Wonderful imagery, clever repetitions cloaked in new, but familiar situations. Rhymes flow effortlessly. The book builds to an exciting climax, replete with humorous overtones.

    My granddaughter loves it, asks for it repeatedly, and has memorized much of it. Although it is about a witch, it is not a Halloween book. The story is timeless.

    Other pluses. "Room on the Broom" subtly demonstrates good behavior. In addition, I relate positively with the value system which undergirds the story.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Such a sweet story emphasizing the importance of friendship and sharing

    My 2-year-old daughter and I read this story all of the time. Grandma sent it us and we're so grateful! What a darling story illustrating the importance of acceptance, friendship, and sharing. I've created fun voices for each of the characters which my daughter just eats up. This story is a keeper that we'll read all year round, for several years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    As Halloween approaches, my first graders choose every single Halloween book from the bookshelf in our classroom. It's not even Halloween yet, and we have read all of our Halloween books! I decided I needed to go find some more! I chose this book and they responded so well to it! They kept saying "I'm so into this book!" It was pretty funny. This is a book that they want to read over and over again too. We love it!

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  • Posted November 5, 2010

    Great rhyming FUN and fantastic illustrations!!!

    My children ages 3, 3 and 6 all LOVE this book! They ask me to read it over and over. I just bought it for a friend for a birthday gift and have recommended it to several people! The rhyming and repetitive lines are great for beginning readers and fun for little ones to "read" along with too! I love that this book is not about Halloween at all so it is a great read all year long! I definitely plan to add more of Donaldson's book to our home library.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

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    wonderful read aloud!

    We also saw the play at the children's theatre and it was awesome! My kids age 6 and 4 loved the play and now love hearing the story over and over again.

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

    Great kids' books author

    We love Julia Donaldson. Our book has been read many times by my older son, and now my younger son.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    Children love it!

    Great book! My girls shared it with their classroom and all the children enjoyed it immensely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2009

    we loved it!

    My three kids loved the book!

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Very Cute!

    This was an awesome read. Not just a halloween book, but a cute and funny book to reread over and over again...

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Cute for kids!

    The dragon may scare those under 5 but all in all a cute story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2009

    Excellent story that shows the value of helping others

    Wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated. It's rhyme flows easily as the story goes along. Great book to read aloud. Perfect message for young and old...value of cooperation and gratitude for the help of others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2009

    Our Favorite Halloween Book!!

    This book is funny and has great illustrations! I have read this to my kids for at least the last 6 yrs and now my 3 year old loves it as well. Very cute and funny!

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

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    A story to tickle every child's fantasy

    I was lent this book by an acquaintance and, having already read the Gruffalo and enjoyed that, I was looking forward to reading this one as well. I was not disappointed. In fact, the story appealed to me even more, if that's possible, than the Gruffalo. I liked the idea of a friendly witch who meets new friends on her journey to recover her hat, bow and wand and how, by working together, these friends overcome a greedy, red dragon. Personally, I think there is far too much emphasis in today's society on competition and having to be 'better' than others in order to be 'successful', and so any story that teaches children the value of cooperation is welcome. The story, whilst simple, has suspense and is wonderfully imaginative: the so-called 'monster', for example, is just a marvellous creation and brilliantly illustrated. And what child - or adult for that matter - can resist a bit of magic? It all results in a superb ending that had me smiling from ear to ear. As with the Gruffalo, the rhyming, repetitive verse makes the story very 'child friendly' and the wonderful rhythm captivates you from the word go and 'whooshes' you through the story (being a poet, myself, that is something I really do appreciate). As a child I would have loved to read this book and as an adult I loved reading it, because I've never grown out of that love of fantasy that makes a child's eyes shine (it's what inspires me today to write my own children's stories). I think this story is one that will tickle every child's fantasy. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2009

    One of the best children's books out there.

    One of my son's favorite books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2009

    Amazing poetic story

    This is one of my favorite rhyming stories. It is so clever and fun. The illustrations are great!

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