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Room on the Broom [Board book]

By Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illustrated by)

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Format: Board Book, 26 pages, Reprints Edition
Other Information: 26 colour illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 02 April 2010
The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and wand. They are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, and each animal asks for a ride on the broom. They climb on, one after the next, until the broom is so heavy that it snaps in two! What will happen next as they tumble into a bog and meet a greedy dragon?

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About the Author

Axel Scheffler has had books published in over a dozen countries. His books for Macmillan have included the Smarties gold award-winning THE GRUFFALO (978 0 333 71093 7) and MONKEY PUZZLE (978 0 333 72001 1). Born in Hamburg, he now lives in London.


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.

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.

EAN: 9780230749351
ISBN: 0230749356
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Dimensions: 16.7 x 18.6 x 1.6 centimetres (0.17 kg)
Age Range: 2-4 years
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Chi Cheung on
This books is very funny! Its tells about a witch who is willing to share her broom with lots of animals. So easy to read and the kids love listening to it. The pictures are very well drawn and my youngest always has a giggle each time we get to the 'muddy' picture. Fantastic book for little ones.
Michelle Sparkles on
Julia Donaldson is a fabulous childrens story teller, great characters with rhyming sentences, that the kids love. Alex the illustrator does a wonderful job with the pictures of the characters and the scenery, when I read this book to my kids the kids love Wooosh and they were gone and love Buzz of Dragon that's my witch!

I would highly recommend this book :D
Penelope Lovell on
With the same author and illustrator of 'The Gruffalo', this is a great book which has lots of rhyming. It is a great book to read and is not too long. If you love 'The Gruffalo', then you will love this too. We have bought 5 of this winning combination.

Highly recommended.

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