Room on the Broom is another favorite in our house. I think we’re addicted to Julia Donaldon’s fabulous writing rhythm!
The story is about a witch and her cat who 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!
This magical tale about friendship and family that follows a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom.
But is there room on the broom for all her new friends? And will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?
Tips for Parents
- This story suits preschoolers and older children.
- Discuss with your child the concept of kindness. The kindness of the witch who offered to take her new friends on the broom. And how her kindness was repaid when her friends came to save her from the dragon.
- Many children may assume that witches are evil. This book gives you the opportunity to show your child that stereotypes are not always accurate!
- Take the time to enjoy Axel Scheffler’s beautiful illustrations. Discuss the detail on each page with your child. The witch’s surroundings, the weather, the expressions on the character’s faces.
Prize-winning author Julia Donaldson has been writing children’s books for over 20 years. She grew up in London and her career also included singing and songwriting.
She has written over 160 books, the first of which was ‘A Squash and A Squeeze’. This book (originally one of her songs for television), plus the popular The Snail and the Whale and The Gruffalo were all illustrated by Axel Scheffler.