Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, Book Review

By: Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by: Axel Scheffler
Published by: Penguin (Puffin Pictures)
Released on:
Ages: 4-8
Source: purchased
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
*This book also comes in a board book version

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?

A fun, whimsical story with great illustrations and rhyming words make this a story that readers of all ages will enjoy.

 This story follows that of a friendly witch, and an unlikely group of animals, as they go on an adventure on her broom. When trouble finds them via a dragon, the friends rally together to save the Witch. What I loved leading up to that point, is how the Witch and the cat met the dog, the green bird and clean green frog. Each of their differences plays an important part in the story, and the immediate acceptance the Witch has for each of them. 

From the creators of The Gruffalo, fans of all ages will love Room on the Broom. This is definitely a must have! It's a timeless tale about friendship, and love. I recently reviewed the Room on the Broom dvd here, and I highly recommend watching it after reading the book. I watched it before reading the book, and love it just a little more than the book. I know that's a little back wards, but I love that the movie stayed true to the story itself, and elaborated a little more on what the story offers readers.

I highly recommend picking up both the book and the dvd this Halloween season!

Go here to find out more about Room on the Broom.

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~