Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom

Hardback

By (author) Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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  • Publisher: MACMILLAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 252mm x 286mm x 14mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 21 September 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0333903374
  • ISBN 13: 9780333903377
  • Edition: Illustrated
  • Edition statement: Reprints
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 11,996

Product description

Not suitable for children under 3 years of age 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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Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's best-loved children's books, and was the 2011-2013 Children's Laureate. Her picture books include the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.Julia also writes fiction, including the PRINCESS MIRROR-BELLE series illustrated by Lydia Monks, as well as poems, plays and songs -- and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between West Sussex and Edinburgh. Axel Scheffler is a star illustrator in the world of children's books, and has created many bestsellers including the award-winning THE GRUFFALO and its irresistible sequel THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD. Born in Hamburg, Axel now lives in London.

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Rabbit can't read it all yet, but she definitely finds the new version more approachable and I think the series will be really useful to her as her reading skills develop. And Tiddler was keen to read it too. At first he had a look and said, "Hmm, I don't know all the words...", but then he decided not to let that stop him and sat happily reading the story to himself for several minutes. Caterpillar Tales

Editorial reviews

Each time the witch loses something in the windy weather, she and her cat are introduced to a new friend who loves flying on her broom. The fluid rhyming and smooth rhythm work together with one repetitive plot element focusing young attention spans until the plot quickens. ("Is there room on the broom for a "blank "such as me?") When the witch's broom breaks, she is thrown in to danger and the plot flies to the finish. Her friends-cat, dog, frog, and bird-are not likely to scare the dragon who plans on eating the witch, but together they form a formidable, gooey, scary-sounding monster. The use of full-page or even page-and-a-half spreads for many of the illustrations will ensure its successful use in story times as well as individual readings. The wart-nosed witch and her passengers make magic that is sure to please. Effective use of brilliant colors set against well-conceived backgrounds detail the story without need for text-but with it, the story-and the broom-take off. "(Picture book. 6-8)" (Kirkus Reviews)

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Not suitable for children under 3 years of age