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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 of The Gruffalo .

The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and wand. Luckily, they are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, who are all keen for a ride on the broom. It's a case of the more, the merrier, but the broomstick isn't used to such a heavy load and it's not long before . . . SNAP! It breaks in two! And with a greedy dragon looking for a snack, the witch's animal pals better think fast.

This edition features the captivating classic story with a stunning, redesigned cover and beautiful finish, making it a must-have addition to the bookshelves of all Donaldson and Scheffler fans - big and small!

Also available with redesigned covers are: The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, The Snail and the Whale, The Smartest Giant in Town, Monkey Puzzle, Charlie Cook's Favourite Book, and A Squash and a Squeeze.

Room on the Broom Reviews | Toppsta

9781509804771
  • ISBN: 9781509804771
  • Pub Date: 21st April 2016
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Imprint: Macmillan Children's Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 32

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22nd November '16
I read it to digger1 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
I have been meaning to get this book for ages as my little boy loves Julia Donaldson titles. And, as ever, it did not disappoint.
He absolutely loves this story and the repetition means he really gets into it and joins in. It is nice to have a friendly witch as the main character too - it isn't scary because she makes room on her broom for all her new friends.
The number of characters means you can do lots of different voices too.
Thanks Toppsta!
16th May '17
I read it to FreyasBooks aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
One of my little girls favourite books. She asks for it over and over and it is such a delight to read. I would really recommend this for your little ones growing library. 
7th December '16
I read it to Mia1 aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
We absolutely love Julia Donaldson books and we hadn't got round to this one! A lovely book, full of fun. The rhythmic verse is really catchy and Mia absolutely loves reading it! She thinks the witch and her cat are hilarious!
A great book for little ones that they can follow along with and the illustrations are fab too!
23rd March '17
I read it to Arya aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
I have forgotten how many times I've read this to my little girl as she loves it.  We both love Julia Donaldson books and this one is another classic! My daughter enjoys books that rhyme and flow nicely as she likes to join in. She likes the characters in the story especially the witch- who is kind and nice. Her favourite part of the book is when the witch does a spell and makes a new broom to share with her new friends. There's lots of giggles to be had as the witch goes on her adventures. 
Fantastic illustrations by the wonderful Axel Scheffler. 
24th October '17
I read it to Boychick aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
Such a sweet story and very funny

A nice take of friendship and helping others 


As usual, good prose and fun illustrations

One of our favourites by the team behind the gruffalo
17th January '17
I read it to PHanke aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
What a fantastic story!  The rhymes are impeccable, I love the flow of this book when reading it and my daughter is always absolutely entranced with the illustrations!
3rd April '17
I read it to JamesWoz aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
I don't think my 4 year old could ever get tired of this story. Engaging story-line with lovely rhymes, beautiful illustrations. Everything that you love about Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
9th October '18
I read it to Bob's aged 5 aged 5 & to Xander aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
We absolutely love this book. Its by far one of my little boys favourites. Lovely rhyming story about a witch and her cat. Illustrations are beautiful. A story that stays with you. 
4th October '18
I read it to romeoslater aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
love the illustrations 
17th October '18
I read it to Super girl aged 6 aged 6 & to Class N aged 4 to 6
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5 stars
An amazing book. Read to class of Year 1 children. They retold the story, using props. Created their own illustrations and reviewed the book. The pictures are beautifully detailed, and the children always join in. A lovely story to share.
9th October '18
I read it to Leximoo aged 6 aged 6 , to Cora14 aged 4 aged 4 & to Kion16 aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
My kids love this book. We love all Julia Donaldson books. Definitely a fun one to read and one we read most weeks 
30th November '16
I read it to AlexK aged 5 aged 5 & to BobbyK aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Another Julia Donaldson classic. The witch, usually portrayed as the villain of the piece, is actually very kind in letting all sorts of animals onto her broom with her. Unfortunately as the broom fills up it breaks in mid air and they all fall into a bog. Waiting in the bog is a dragon who's favourite food is witch. Luckily the animals come to the witch's aid rising up out of the bog like some hideous creature and scaring the dragon away. The witch then uses her cauldron to create a magnificent broom fit for everyone.   I love the moral of the story, that if you're kind and helpful to others then when you're in need those that you helped will come to your aid basically what goes around comes around.   
3rd July '17
I read it to pe324 aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
My LO has loved this from a very early age, and still enjoys it over a year later (and no doubt will continue to do so).  The book has a lovely rhyme, as you would expect from Julia Donaldson, with lots of repetition to make it easy for toddlers to engage with the story.  Familiar animals, with the cat, dog, bird and frog, provide plenty of scope for animal noises too.  Lovely story, one we always enjoy.
19th October '16
I read it to eleyna aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
This book has a fun and exciting story with very cute and funny illustrations from Axel Scheffler, which just make the characters come alive.  The rhyme and rhythm of the verses make the book a joy to read for us both and of course I embrace the opportunity to incorporate my silly, imagined witch and animal voices to create further hilarity.  I like the central moral to the story about being altruistic and this may then be rewarded in life; as the witch is saved from a perilous end by her new friends.  My daughter particularly likes to tell me (every time) about which characters are "awake" and which are "asleep" by her assessment of their eye shape.  This always makes me giggle when she remarks the witch is "asleep" when laid in the arms of the Dragon!!  Erm, oh yes she just thought she'd take a nap there.  I love this book the most out of the several other Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler pairings we have in our household and am always very happy when my daughter selects this one for the bedtime read :)
6th September '17
I read it to Md2006 aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
Great book with a fab storyline and fun characters.
2nd November '16
Ame read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
Love this book so much,one of are all time favourites,this is the first book from Donaldson we read and we still go back to it now.a wonderful story about a kind witch and her cat that while flying on her broomstick she makes some new friends and then get chased by a big dragon.grea rhymes and pics.
8th February '17
I read it to Charlie aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This book was on our wish list for a while before we won it. It's an absolute classic which I wanted my son to have in his collection. My son loves this book, the rhyming text and the brilliant illustrations. He knows what a witch is through reading this book and a wand and broomstick - he absolutely loves it and it's become a favourite at bedtime
11th December '17
I read it to SophiaW aged 4 months aged 0
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5 stars
This is one of our favourite tales! We love the rhyming prose which makes it so fun to read to my daughter. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and so colourful. We read this book most nights!
7th July '18
I read it to Nieve1234 aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
My daughter is almost 3 and loves me to read books to her this is one of her favourites she loves the colourful pictures as she turns each page. 
The book is written in such a way that it is easy for her to pick up the rythem and say the words with me, 
He favourite part is ‘ the witch tapped the broom stick and woosh she was gone ‘ she loves shouting woosh at the top of her voice.  
Brilliant book
30th March '18
eriklundholt read it themselves aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This book is amazing my son loved this book so much we had to read it again  
10th October '16
I read it to Graceclark aged 7 aged 7 & to Archieclark aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
One of our favourite books. Funny, loveable characters. One we read over and over ❤️
3rd September '18
I read it to Amsy aged 4 aged 4 & to LittleLukey aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
As a parent this is one of my favourite books to read to my children. The catchy rhymes get my children engrossed and we have read it that much I now let them finish off the rhyme. The illustrations are fabulous and the characters are cute. For me this is a joyous bedtime story book and leaves us all in a good mood. Firm favourite of mine.
30th November '17
I read it to Babybelle aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
My neice and I giggled throughout most of this book!! I love the author so does my neice, the story is brilliant. I definitely recommend this series of stories. 
24th July '18
I read it to Ellie14 aged 4 aged 4
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This is a fun book which my children loved and know my granddaughter  it has great wit and it's very well illustrated. 
25th November '16
I read it to Javan aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
My son is a huge fan of Julia Donaldson ever since he was 3 and was read to Gruffalo. When I read this book to him, he was not disappointed, to say the least. I completely love the idea of a friendly, helpful witch which is not the way witches are normally portrayed in children's books. It also gets children thinking about not generalysing people based on what they read about them often.
The rhyme, like all Julia Donaldson books is superb. The illustrations add to the book, without a doubt. All the characters are helped by a friendly witch who will always have 'room' on the 'broom' for them. In this instance, she gets in trouble and is in turn helped by small animals. Who could have thought? A good way to teach children about helping others back.
16th October '16
I read it to Ewanm aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
This book is a firm favourite in our house, the words flow with such ease making it a pleasure to read and children soon pick up the rhythm and want to join in. In our house the words "buzz off, that's our witch" are shouted with delight every time, a fab book for all.
25th November '16
I read it to sashet01 aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
My daughter and I love this book. It follows the story of a witch who is on her broom and keeps dropping items that are picked up by various animals that then want to go on her broom. They story is well paced and the illustrations are what you would expect from these authors, really great at telling the story. My only criticism would be that it is one of the longer stories from Julia Donaldson so its more for engaged older readers (maybe 2/3 upwards).
26th November '16
I read it to Rubiroo aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
One of my daughters favourite authors so she was very excited to receive and review this book. Fun story about the witch and all the animals wanting to ride on her broom. Great illustrations and she especially likes the story at the end when all the animals help the witch. 
26th September '18
I read it to Antiono332 aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
My son absoulty loves this book great illustrations great read rhyming book love the witch 
27th November '16
I read it to swalker aged 10 aged 10 , to k-mckenzie aged 6 aged 6 & to boo walker aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
This book always has been a good family favourite. we love sitting down and taking it in turns to read a page each out loud. 
It's such a funny and enjoyable story to read that's great for all ages.
The book has lovely big pages with clear writing and some great colourful pictures too.
25th March '17
I read it to CarterB aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This has to be one of Julia Donaldsons finest books. It reads so very well and has all the wonderful repetition that our 3 year old loves to join in with. The rhythm and pace of the book means it is a perfect night time quick read. Has also been a gateway for our youngest too, getting him interested in many other books.
8th August '18
I read it to Liamgreen2012 aged 6 aged 6 & to Yasmin2014 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
We loved this book it’s really to get into and the kids loved it so much as it’s related to all other books she has made and looking for the gruffalo made the food extra fun 
11th October '16
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
This is a timeless classic ..I read it to my son and now that copy is used in the waiting area of the Opticians where I work .It is a popular story all year round but a gentle intro to children to the theme of witches especially near Halloween .The rhyming verses help keep it easy to remember and almost sing songy as read  
21st July '17
I read it to Chickpea aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
Me and my daughter absolutely adore this book. Its beautifully written and the words just flow off the page in an easy rhyming manner. For quite a long book it holds my lg's attention well. The artwork is cute and quirky and my daughter loves just looking at the pictures. Easily one of her favourites and she loves it so much she now has the animation on her kindle for when we travel. 
18th August '18
I read it to Fletcher14 aged 4 aged 4 & to Oliviam2016 aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
Me and my children love this book. We have read it so much my children know most of the words, we absolutely love the characters in the book. The way the words rhyme make it fun and easy to remember, my children are very happy when reading this book and make a shocked noise when the dragon comes still and they get worried for the witch. The photos and illustrations of this book are fantastic and go really well with the story
20th September '18
I read it to Jdjd14 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
A firm favourite in our house. We love how the story has a repetitive pattern that allows my little boy to join in with the story.The characters are so different and my little boys loves how they develop through the story. A heartwarming story with a good message.
7th April '17
I read it to ArjanST aged 5 aged 5 & to KeeratKT aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
We all love this book! We have read this book hundreds of times and the kids never tire of it. The illustrations are beautiful and the story line is as great as all of Donaldson's other books. 

The book is about a witch who loses various items on her broomstick journey, which get found by various animals in the woods below. Each of those animals joins her on her broom until they meet a dragon who wants to eat the witch. We loved the story so much so that we went to see the play in Theatre!
11th July '18
I read it to aiwilford aged 6 aged 6 & to mrwilford aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This is my little girls favourite book. I love the way it flows and rhymes and I enjoy changing my voice for the different characters. An absolute must on any kids book shelf. 
20th November '16
I read it to dani aged 4 aged 4 & to Nursery 2 aged 1 to 3
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5 stars
My daughter was so happy to get this book, immediately yelling out the title upon seeing the cover and demanding it be read. Like all Julia Donaldson/ Axel Scheffler books, this one has a great story, fantastic rhyme scheme and rhythm, repeated lines, and engaging illustrations. This book focuses on a witch and her cat going for a flight on her broom. As other animals help find missing objects, they join her on the broom. Until it breaks and a hungry dragon appears. Luckily, her new friends are there to help. This is a book that is ideal for 3 and 4 year olds, while also maintaining the attention of infants and toddlers. I'd imagine it would also be a good book for early readers. It is a book that will be read for years and is a great addition to our library.
24th August '18
summerkerchey read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
Another success from Julia and Axel, this book is simply beautiful. The story and rhyme flow wonderfully through the book and the illustrations have so much to offer. Have bought two copies as the first has been worn out!
21st November '16
I read it to Zeynepp aged 4 aged 4
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I read this to my 4 year old daughter. The rhyme and rythum of the book makes it a fun and easy read. From start to finish it had us enthralled. My daughter especially loved the dragon who wanted to eat witch and chips. She thought it was hilarious. My 9 year old son has also read this to himself and he thought it was a funny book too.  
17th October '16
I read it to Darcie aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
My Daughters favourite book, she chooses this lots for bedroom story, and quite often reads it on her own, pictures are great the story is great. There are parts of the book that after a couple of reads My daughter was joining in with. 
24th February '18
I read it to Ellielebugjnr aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
Sophie has loved room on a broom, she loves animals and she thought this was really funny especially when they pretend to be a mud monster.
25th September '17
I read it to IRE aged 5 aged 5 , to TAME aged 3 aged 3 & to PFE aged 1 aged 1
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This is one of my favourite books to read aloud ever. The rhyming and rhythmic text flows so easily and makes it perfect for little ones to join in with. The story is full of humour and the illustrations are fantastic. We have recently been enjoying the audio book version read by Imelda Staunton. This really is Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler at their finest.
7th October '18
I read it to Beach20 aged 4 aged 4 & to Beach09 aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
We absolutely adore this story, one of our all time favourites. It is entertaining from start to finish with the rhyming and twists. Keeps the child engaged with wonderful story and fabulous illustrations.
A must have!
29th January '17
I read it to Chloe aged 8 aged 8
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We really enjoyed reading this story, it is one of my daughters favourites and she can retell it word for word!! Julia Donaldson's wonderful rhymes and loveable characters makes this book a must for every child!
22nd June '17
I read it to Darcm aged 9 months aged 0
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Have read this book over and over to my oldest daughter but today was a first for my baby daughter. Fantastic book fun to read and it's rhythmic. I enhanced tapping the broom and whoosh it was gone.
Julia Donaldson at her best. A witch meets lots of new friends to ride with her on her broom. A new fan and she listened closely and enjoyed the story.
18th October '16
I read it to Fuller31 aged 5 aged 5 & to Fuller15 aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
A family favourite! We love this book and own most of the Julia Donaldson book collection. It keeps us hooked all the way through and its so easy to read. If you love Julia Donaldson, you will love this!
26th September '17
I read it to Pasco aged 5 aged 5
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3 stars
This is great fun for the listener although I'm personally not a fan of rhyming books. The illustrations work well to paint a picture of what is happening. I can see why this book is so popular although it isn't one of my favorites.
18th October '16
alexia read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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3 stars
I loved this book when I was little and sometimes I read it now.I like it because it rhymes and it has cool illustrations.
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Julia Donaldson is a highly talented author of some of the best-loved children’s books in the world.  Born in London in 1948 she grew up with her younger sister Mary who she loved to create imaginary characters with.  

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Axel Scheffler is an acclaimed illustrator, animator and more recently author of children's books. He was born in Hamburg in 1957 and moved to England in 1982 in order to study illustration at the Bath Academy of Art. He then worked for a variet...

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