Room on the Broom
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Room on the Broom

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by Julia Donaldson
     
 

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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,

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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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"The story is in rhyme, bouncing merrily along, full of fun.  The illustrations are witty and wonderful.  The result is a surefire read-aloud hit." -School Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142501122
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/25/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
210
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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"The story is in rhyme, bouncing merrily along, full of fun. The illustrations are witty and wonderful. The result is a surefire read-aloud hit." -School Library Journal

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Julia Donaldson lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Room on the Broom 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delightful, friendly story. Great read-aloud.
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keneri More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
-daughter can't get enough of it.-great bedtime story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Mommy2Ashlinn More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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dkane More than 1 year ago
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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blakeandlily More than 1 year ago
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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Italophilia More than 1 year ago
We love Julia Donaldson. Our book has been read many times by my older son, and now my younger son.
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alliebee More than 1 year ago
Great book! My girls shared it with their classroom and all the children enjoyed it immensely.
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My three kids loved the book!
Chelisa More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome read. Not just a halloween book, but a cute and funny book to reread over and over again...
Goethefan More than 1 year ago
The dragon may scare those under 5 but all in all a cute story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!