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Room on the Broom Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Donaldson, Julia, Scheffler, Axel (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0142501123     ISBN-13: 9780142501122
Publisher: Puffin
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2003

Annotation: When a witch loses her hat and wand while riding her broomstick, three helpful animals find the missing items. All they want in return is a ride on the broom. Is there room on the broom? Full color.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Witches; Fiction.
Animals; Fiction.
Dragons; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Halloween
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: BL2003014122
Lexile Measure: 720
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Series: Picture Puffins
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.00" H x 9.75" W x 0.50" (0.35 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 61672
Reading Level: 3.7   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q40490
Reading Level: 3.2   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Contributor Bio(s): Julia Donaldson lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2002 Spring)
As a reward for finding a witch's lost belongings, a dog, a bird, and a frog get to ride on her broomstick. The extra weight breaks the broom, and the witch lands at the feet of a hungry dragon. The three animals band together with the witch's cat to save the day. Though told in somewhat forced rhyme, Donaldson's story is full of action and repetition for read-aloud appeal. The moody illustrations add warmth and charm. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2001 September #2)
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.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2001 September)
K-Gr 3-A witch and her cat pick up a dog, a bird, and a frog, and fly off on her broomstick. The frog jumps for joy, the broomstick snaps in two, the animals land in a bog, and a dragon captures the witch. What to do? As in the Grimms' "The Bremen Town Musicians," the animals, covered in mud, stand on each other and "yowl," "growl," "croak," and "shriek," scaring the dragon and saving the witch. All's well that ends well for the witch conjures up a super broom with seats for the cat and dog, a nest for the bird, and a pool for the frog. The story is in rhyme, bouncing merrily along, full of fun, and not at all scary. The illustrations are witty and wonderful. All the characters, even the dragon, have the same goofy grin and large, round eyes. Dressed in a purple skirt, red blouse, and black cape and hat, the witch, with a long, ginger braid, is more friendly than frightening. The image of the red dragon carrying her, passed out cold, is a hoot. And her cat is not the traditional black cat; it looks more like a baby tiger. The result is a surefire read-aloud hit.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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