Room on the Broom

By Julia Donaldson, Axes Scheffler (illustrator),

Book cover of Room on the Broom

Book description

How the cat purred and how the witch grinned,
As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind.

A very funny story of quick wits and friendship, Room on the Broom is another smash hit from the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators…

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8 authors picked Room on the Broom as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

My grandsons love this book because of its imaginative rhymes and colorful illustrations. They also enjoy all the funny things that happen to the witch as well as the way the characters come together to defeat the evil antagonist.

Room on the Broom is also an excellent book parents can use to teach problem-solving and cooperation skills.

He loves the scary dragon and asks me, his mum, dad, and brother to read it over and over again.

He likes flying stuff so the bird, the dragon and the broom come into that category. He also likes the shiny and the big stuff in the story. He enjoys learning how to say ‘dog’, ‘cat’, and ‘frog’. He enjoys the ups and downs and surprises of the story.

An obvious choice, but this is such a great book I couldn’t leave it off.

I am not even sure where to begin with this one. It has rhymes and humor and a great story that is easy to follow. The book also has simple life lessons about friendship and being helpful. The characters are so cute and when reading out loud you can really put everything you’ve got into your witch voice!

Oh, and then with a hungry dragon, how can you go wrong? This one is usually the book that both kicks off and closes down Halloween time…

This gentle and comical book takes place almost completely on a broom—the broom of a witch who happily travels on her broom with her cat. “How the cat purred/ and how the witch grinned,/ As they sat on their broomstick/ and flew through the wind.” The witch loses first her hat, then a hair ribbon, and finally, a wand. Each item is found by another animal, and each asks to ride on her broom. The generous witch complies, and soon there is a witch, cat, dog, parrot, and frog on the broom. When the friends survive a dragon by using…

From Caralyn's list on Halloween for the very young.

You can not go wrong with Julia Donaldson – author of The Gruffalo (which, in my opinion, is one of the best children’s books of all time). Written in her trademark, hilarious, flawless rhyme, this book is an absolute joy. The story is about a witch and her cat flying on a broom, with three other animals asking if there is room on the broom for them. The witch obliges but the broom becomes overloaded and a bit of a catastrophe ensues. Readers will love the fun sounds and repetition, the wonderful, suspenseful plot, and the satisfying, rounded ending. Axel…

What a cute story full of imagination and friendship! I love how the animals all band together to protect the witch from the dragon—too cute. Kids cackle (can’t help it) with glee at the adorable illustrations here. This book is perfect for any kid who wants to be a witch or warlock (or maybe even a frog) for Halloween. 

I could (and did) read this book aloud every night for a year. Julia Donaldson’s rhyming text is perfect. Axel Scheffer’s illustrations of the witch and her animal pals are quirky and lovable, and the nighttime setting gives a Halloween feel without the scares. This is one to own and read over and over.

From Jennie's list on not-too-spooky witches.

A friendly witch picks up one new friend after another (for example, a hungry dragon and a muddy monster), refusing no one a ride on her broom. In a clever-but-not-scary ending, they repay her kindness. This book has a skillfully written rhyming text accompanied by witty, wonderful illustrations that will appeal to kids. Also, the fact the story isn’t as scary as some other Halloween books makes this book especially appropriate for ages 2-4. 

From Margery's list on children’s books for Halloween.

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