Room on the broom

by Donaldson, Julia.

Format: Print Book 2001
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Juvenile Holiday Books Juv Pict Don HOLIDAY
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Holiday Books
Call Number  Juv Pict Don HOLIDAY
Join the witch and her cat for a broomstick adventure!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?Room on the Broom is a very funny story of quick wits and friendship and is perfect for reading aloud. Children will be captivated by Julia Donaldson's irresistible verse and Axel Scheffler's spectacular illustrations.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 5-8. Here's a winsome witch: she has a huge nose with a wart but a friendly smile, and her long ginger hair is tied in a polka-dot bow. The wind blows her witch's hat off, and a dog brings it to her and asks if there is room on the broom "for a dog like me." Off they go, but the wind takes the bow in her braid; it is brought back by a green bird, who also asks if there is room on the broom. A storm wrests away the witch's wand; a frog returns it and clambers aboard, too. The witch's broomstick breaks, and she is captured and about to be turned into a dragon's supper, when she is rescued by a four-headed, feathered, and furred monstrous creature. The "monster" is, of course, the witch's new companions and her cat, all ready to help a friend. The rhythm and rhyme are lively and quick, and the pictures partake equally of silly and spooky. The bright red, toothy dragon is particularly impressive. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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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Additional Information
Subjects Witches -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile fiction.
Brooms and brushes -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile fiction.
Dragons -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile fiction.
Children's stories -- Pictorial works.
Publisher London :Macmillan Children's,2001
Contributors Scheffler, Axel.
Language English
Description 25 pages : color illustrations ; 26 x 29 cm
ISBN 0333903374
0333903382 (pbk.)
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