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Room on the Broom

By Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illustrated by)

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Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Other Information: colour illustrations
Published In: AUS, 25 August 2003

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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" chimaera 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, emphasise 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.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

EAN: 9780142501122
ISBN: 0142501123
Publisher: Puffin
Dimensions: 24.64 x 27.43 x 0.51 centimeters (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years

About the Author

Julia Donaldson lives in Glasgow, Scotland.


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.

"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." "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 -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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Natalie Manninen on
This is a great story that suits a wide age range of children. the story is cleaverly written any rymes throughout the hole story. It is very catchy and repetitive which children love as they can anticipate what comes next and join in with the story. The pictures are great and children are drawn to the witch.
Renae Dixon on
I love this book too. Full of fun rhymes and excellent illustrations. I highly recommend this book for all ages. My just turned 3 yr old wants it over and over. I'm looking forward to my delivery of the Gruffalo I've just ordered now.
Nadine Millar on
A really funny book with excellent rhymes and the kind of gentle repitition that has kids joining in in no time. The last page reads almost like the punchline of a joke - its brilliant. Axel Scheffler's illustrations compliment a fantastic story beautifully; another great Donaldson/Scheffler combination (in fact of all of them I'd pick this as the best).
Jacqueline Barrett on
This book, and the wonderful DVD of it, are absolutely great.... For adults as well as children. My 4 year old is mesmerised and asks for immediate repeat ( of book and DVD)
carol wood on
An excellent book my grandchildren love to have it read to them over and over, a fun story.
Amelia Catherine Tu'i'onetoa on
The only negative is, many of these classic stories have different versions and this wasn't the one I am used to. Difficult to tell which one has which words. Great book though, my children love it!
Deborah Babulal-Kush on
Great book, My daughter is a big fan of Julia Donaldson's writing... loves her rhyming writing style!
Barbara Baker on
Lovely pictures great story. My little niece loves it
Stavroula Antonopoulos on
My 3 year old daughter loves this book. The story is about kindness, sharing & giving back, so all the qualities you want a child to learn. Mum & Dad love it too. You won't be disappointed.
Margaret Orr on
Room on a Broom was a much loved book my Grandson had been reading at PreSchool . He desperatley wanted a copy for himself and we couldn't find it in the stores. Fishpond came to mind and we found it there. It's a great little story and he loves it! Thank you for the quick service.

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