Room on the Broom, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is a story about one very nice witch, who runs into some challenges as she rides on her broom with her cat companion. Throughout the story, she meets some new friends who are eager to help the witch get back on her flight. Just when it seems that her troubles are behind her, the witch and her new friends run into an unexpected and extremely unfriendly dragon, who prefers to eat his witch with a side of fries!
This book is fun and beautifully written with rhyme that is an absolute treat to read.
The witch had a cat
and a hat that was black
And long ginger hair
in a braid down her back.
How the cat purred
and how the witch grinned
As they sat on their broomstick
and flew through the wind.
Besides the infectious cadence, there is a repeated phrase throughout the story that younger children quickly pick up on. When I’ve read it at Story Time the group will start saying it with me, each time getting louder and louder – I love that. It shows that they are completely engaged and paying attention. When the witch unexpectedly runs into the hungry dragon, everyone gets quiet and waits to hear what happens next.
The illustration by Axel Scheffler includes both full page artwork and small vignettes that help children further understand what is happening at different parts of the story. The illustrations are fantastic—colorful, interesting, clever and detailed. After I shared this story recently with my son, he kept looking at the pages and pointing out more of the detail.
Julia Donaldson is an English writer and playwright, best known as author of The Gruffalo and other children’s books, many illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Of her 157 published books, 56 are available in bookstores and online, and the rest are used in schools.
Perfect for boys and girls, ages 4 years and older.