Julia Donaldson is one of my favorite children's book authors. Room on the Broom is such an excellent read for children. My 18 mo., 4 year old, and my 6 year old all love this book. It is a very cute story and has great rhyme. I highly recommend this book!!!
Jan 27, 2010
An Excellent book for toddlers
Since I bought this book my 3 yr. old son kept on asking me to read this to him every night. He usually likes thomas and friends book so I was surprised that he likes this one more now than the thomas ones. The illustration helps too in catching his imagination. I really recommend this book for toddlers.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-09-10 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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