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Room on the Broom [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Julia Donaldson , Axel Scheffler
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20 Sep 2002
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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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Illustrated edition edition (20 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333903382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333903384
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 28 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (525 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Donaldson, the 2011-2013 Children's Laureate, is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's most-loved picture books including The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard.

The Gruffalo, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is now a children's classic and publishing phenomenon; celebrating 15 years in 2014, selling over 3 million copies worldwide, was voted Great Britain's favourite bedtime story on BBC Radio 2 and was adapted and broadcast as an animation on BBC 1 on Christmas Day 2009. The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom are now also films, with Room on the Broom shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2014. Julia Donaldson's most recent books with Axel Scheffler include Superworm (2012), Highway Rat (2011), Tabby McTat (2010), Stick Man (2009) and Tiddler (2008).

Julia Donaldson has also published work with David Roberts, Nick Sharratt, Emily Gravett, Rebecca Cobb, and Lydia Monks. Her collaboration with Lydia Monks began in 2003, with the first collection of Princess Mirror-Belle stories. The fabulously glittery Sugarlump and the Unicorn is their sixth, and most recent, picture book collaboration. She also writes poems, plays, songs and fiction for older children and, together with her husband Malcolm, has performed her wonderful stage shows all over the world.

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Very funny -- The Children's Bookseller, 20 September 2002

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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? --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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182 of 185 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant fun! 18 May 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the story of a good-natured witch and her contented, purring, cat flying through the air on a broomstick without a care in the world - until the wind blows away the witch's hat. When they fly down to retrieve the hat, a polite, helpful dog brings it to them and becomes another passenger on the broom. Throughout the book they also pick up a bird and a frog, making the broom very overcrowded. Then disaster strikes; the broom snaps in two causing the witch to become separated from her friends and a potential meal to a large red dragon.

This is an extremely eye catching and appealing book aimed at preschool and lower primary school children. Donaldson and Schefflers story and illustrations work extremely well together to capture children's attention right from the start of the book. The use of illustration mixed through the large, bold, font makes it seem friendly to a beginner reader. But this is essentially a book for sharing, the use of repetition throughout the story encourages children to join in the reading and the book appeals to their sense of humour with comical allusions:"I'm planning to have WITCH AND CHIPS for my tea". Julia Donaldson has also made a song to accompany the book that children can enjoy singing and performing to.

This is a fantastic book and I cannot recommend it enough.
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 20 Feb 2007
By Scully Bloke VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
As a dad to a 3 year old boy I have read this book approximately 60 times in the last 60 days. yes !!

Simply because my son chooses it every night as one of his bed time reads. The reason he chooses it is because it makes him smile, shout! and giggle as the story unfolds.

As a dad i believe this is a delightful read. A ryhming story (probably called poetry years ago) that takes very unexpected twists and turns.

Highly Recommended and well worth the money.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to make you chuckle night after night! 19 April 2006
Format:Paperback
I bought this book a few weeks ago for our little boy of 18 months. I guess if I were to have thought more about it I would have waited a couple of years (a witch and a monster are both mentioned) I am glad I didn't though! He doesn't know what a witch is but he loves the rhymes and even taps the book now for the "taps the broomstick" bit. It is a very well paced story with a lot of characters that even the youngest reader/listener will recognise (cat, dog, bird, frog) and the rhyming is hilarious.

There are few books that our little one will sit through without squirming and getting bored. THis is the longest book by far that I read to him and he is hooked from start to finish. I will certainly be buying more by the same author!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent story 23 Aug 2004
Format:Paperback
This is definitely my favourite story for bedtime, let alone my son's! This is a great story with lots of action and easy repitition that children can understand. The illustrations are great, and really bring the action to life.
The story is basically about a witch who picks up a load of animals on her journey, a dog, a bird, a frog, and of course her trusty cat, then when she lands in trouble with a rather scary looking dragon the animals step in to save her - with some great lines. My son loves the bit where the animals come out of the bog looking like some 4 headed monster and shouts at the dragon, "Buzz off, thats my witch!" Brilliant stuff.
This book is similar to her other two (which we also have), the Gruffalo and The Smartest Giant in Town, but this is a slick and well written story that just flows off your tongue. A must for any toddler, and a must for any parent. Buy it now!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Room on a Broom 3 Jan 2005
Format:Paperback
My daughter received this book for christmas and I would urge other parents to buy this book. A lovely rhyming story about a witch, her cat and friends she meets on her broomstick journey. Brilliant use of rhyme, using many 'more grownup' descriptive words regarding the countryside below her; therefore being a book that is appealing to a wider age group, my 5 year old and my 2 year old both enjoyed it; the illustrations are wonderful as well. Great book and perfect length too!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - great fun for children (& adults!) 4 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Format:Board book
What a wonderful book. We bought this for our 2 year old with some trepidation as it has a witch dragon and monster in it but we needn't have worried. She loves it and we've had to read it every bedtime since Christmas. The words and rhythm are so animated ! This is children's dramatic poetry at its best. Can't wait to read other books by the same author.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best bedtime stories ever 6 Oct 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My 3 year-old has been enjoying this book consistently for the last 6 or 7 months. There is marvellous poetry that is so good you don't even notice you are reading a poem. Memorable illustrations. A subtle moral that what-goes-around-comes-around, it is good to help others. Animals, a witch, a dragon, flying, mud. What more could a child ask for???
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love reading this book 13 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
AS you know with small kids, you often end up reading the same story over and over until you know the words off by heart and are bored stiff.

Not this one. My son loves hearing it but I LOVE reading this book and could read it to him every day without getting bored!

Highly recommended for kids and mums and dads!
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