Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson (PDF)

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Ebook Info

  • Published: 2003
  • Number of pages: 32 pages
  • Format: PDF
  • File Size: 136.26 MB
  • Authors: Julia Donaldson


This fun family read-aloud is the perfect way to start Halloween celebrations and an ideal gift book. A sweet story of quick wits, friendship, and inclusivity from the creators of The Gruffalo! 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?Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are the creators of many beloved picture books including The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, The Snail and the Whale, and The Spiffiest Giant in Town.”A surefire read-aloud hit.” -School Library Journal

User’s Reviews

Editorial Reviews: Review “The story is in rhyme, bouncing merrily along, full of fun. The illustrations are witty and wonderful. The result is a surefire read-aloud hit.” -School Library Journal”The wart-nosed witch and her passengers make magic that is sure to please. Effective use of brilliant colors set against well-conceived backgrounds detail the story without need for text—but with it, the story—and the broom—take off.” -Kirkus Reviews “In this lightweight, witty story, helpful animals find “room on the broom” of a generous witch.” -Publishers Weekly About the Author Julia Donaldson is the internationally bestselling author of many popular books for children. Her Smarties Prize-winning modern classic, The Gruffalo, has sold more than 13.5 million copies worldwide, and the Halloween favorite Room on the Broom is a perennial best seller. In addition to children’s books, she has written many children’s plays and songs and runs regular storytelling workshops. She was the Waterstones Children’s Laureate from 2011-2013.

Reviews from Amazon users which were colected at the time this book was published on the website:

⭐I read reviews that the board book was the original version but it’s not! And I bought 3 for gifts. Not the original version 🙁 whyyyy??? Braids and fries don’t add to the rhyming like plait and chips. Also shouldn’t we be exposing our kids to new words & other cultures? It’s not even a foreign language…. Should we stop reading Shakespeare because there are words we don’t use or don’t know off hand? The description of this really needs to be updated to reflect that this is not the original story. Soo bummed.

⭐As much as we love all Julia Donaldson books, Room on the Broom and Stick Man are our favorites! The story is so much fun. A friendly witch starts her travels with one friend, but ends up making several more friends who help her find lost items along the way. She finds room on her broom for all the animals asking for rides, and they repay her kindness in the end.This new board book version is more fun than the edition we borrowed from the library. The library version I’m familiar with seems to have been “Americanized” and some of the changes are a bit of a stretch. But this one seems to be closer to the original. Below are changes between editions (library version first, then new board book edition).-And long ginger hair in a braid down her back.-And long ginger hair which she wore in a plait (plait means braid)-The witch laughed out loud and held on to her hat, But away blew the bow from her braid – just like that!-The witch laughed aloud and held onto her hat, But away blew the bow from her long ginger plait!-“I am a dragon, as mean as can be, And you, witch, look like a good supper to me!”-“I am a dragon, as mean as can be, And I’m planning to have WITCH AND CHIPS for my tea!”-The dragon drew nearer and started to drool. He said, “I won’t let you go- do you think I’m a fool?”-The dragon drew nearer and, licking his lips, Said, “Maybe this once I’ll have witch without chips.”-A nest for the bird and a pool for the frog-A nest for the bird and a shower for the frog

⭐We had borrowed this book from our local library, and my autistic son loved it so much that he wanted me to read it every night. I decided we needed to find him a copy of his own. I saw some reviews that said that some of the lines had been changed. We got the board book and all the lines are correct. If you want a good copy of this book, order the board book, NOT the paperback or hardback!

⭐I am livid!! I cannot believe they changed the words of this classic book!! This addition has been Americanized! Many phrases have been replaced with American terms. I (who am thoroughly American) read the original to my thoroughly American sons over and over again 10 years ago, and they loved it. They had no problem understanding that “ginger“ means redhead or that “plait” means braid. Why does this publisher think we are all so stupid that we can’t follow a few British terms? I will return this copy, which I had purchased for a friend’s baby, and try to buy the original from a British source. I have confidence that my friend’s American baby will be bright enough to follow along.

⭐I seriously love this story. I actually saw it on Netflix first and thought it was so adorable and cute. So when I found out that it was actually a childrens book of course I jumped on my trusty Amazon and ordered one right away.I ordered the board book because I have an 18 month old that just LOVES the sound of paper ripping so the paperback probably not a good idea for a couple more years. Book came undamaged and a perfect size for me to read to my toddler.He loves to point out the kitty and the puppy, and we are working on ‘frog’ and ‘bird’. Such an adorable friendship story! Good for your own children or to give as a gift for a child under the age of 8.This is also the same author as The Gruffalo which is another wonderful story! Both book AND claymation stories recommended. If fact, anything from Julia Donaldson!I paid full price for this item and review it to give other buyers out there more information not listed and whether I would recommended it.

⭐We were introduced to this story by the Netflix short. When we saw the board games on sale here on Amazon, we decided to purchase quite a few books as holiday gifts for little ones. The book is just as delightful as the Netflix version. The rhyming is catching, flowing and natural.The story is of a witch and a cat that take a flight on a broom. Mishaps occur on the way forcing them to stop. Each time, they are greeted by a helpful animal that asks to join the ride. The witch always gives a gleeful YES and they go on. They encounter a dragon whose favorite meal is french fries and witch but the witch’s friends come to her rescue.It’s a delightful story that is definitely worth a read with little ones

⭐I honestly thought I was going to hate this book, but I was looking for a Halloween book to read to my 3YO and so many of the reviews were positive that I decided to give it a try. My wife read it to our daughter the first few times and I asked her what she thought of it and she said it was “cute”. So I read it to her one night and was surprised at how much I liked it.I really liked the story-line. Seemed to be a pretty positive and fun. I enjoyed the flow of the rhyming while reading it. The flow helped me get into it more when reading it to my daughter, which she always likes. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun and “cute” Halloween book for their toddler or young child.

⭐Me gusta mucho más está versión que la española.Julia Donalson, autora del fascinante Gruffalo (para mí indispensable), escribe esta historia que es ilustrada por el magnífico Axel Scheffer.Una bruja vuela con su escoba acompañada de una gata. Pero el viento le juega malas pasadas y le arranca el sombrero de pico, el lazo de la trenza, y parece que le dificulta el vuelo. Para recuperar lo perdido debe bajar a tierra y allí conoce a varios animales que le devuelven lo extraviado pero quieren subirse en la escoba porque gusta mucho.Una historia que habla de ayudarse unos a otros, de compartir y de la amistad. Una bruja a la que los animales ayudan a encontrar sus objetos perdidos se convierte en la anfitriona de una expedición por los cielos sobre su escoba. Y cuando aparece un temido dragón, sus amigos los animales, de forma ocurrente saben ayudarla y salvarla de las fauces de la bestiaCuento rimado, como la mayoría de esta autora, tiene un final divertido y una moraleja bonita para los niños.Es un cuento con gran acogida en niños a partir de tres años y que yo dirigía a niños entre cuatro y seis aproximadamente. La acogida en las aulas suele ser positiva.Este formato, tiene buen tamaño para público infantil, es aproximadamente como un folio, eso sí, si compráis la versión de tapas blandas hay que tener algo más de cuidado.Os dejo el video para que veáis el formato.Espero que os ayude la opinión!

⭐I was sent the American version which makes some changes to the wording versus the UK version. For example, instead of talking about “witch and chips” the dragon talks about french fries; it doesn’t flow quite as well. There are quite a few wording changes.The story is lovely, and the video is free on the BBC – but that uses the UK wording.It needs to be clear in the description that this isn’t the UK version.

⭐Needs to be made clear this is American! When you’ve a child obsessed with the book and you buy the board one because the paper one you have is so worn from use then the confusion and tantrum that ensues because the words are AMERICAN!IT’S A TALL HAT! IT’S A PLAIT, NOT A BRAID! IT’S WITCH AND CHIPS NOT FRENCH FRIES!Good Lord if only you knew the trouble this has caused us!! Sample screaming in the video!

⭐Bought the board book after our toddler got overexcited and ripped his paperback. Love this story (we now know it off by heart) and the BBC animation but the board book has been changed in a few places for an American audience. First world problem I know but it just isn’t the same!

⭐Se dovessi basarmi solo sul libro, la recensione sarebbe da 5 stelle come per tutti i libri della premiata ditta Donaldson+Scheffer: ormai abbiamo una discreta collezione di libri di questi autori e non ci deludono mai. La trama non è mai banale, il testo in rima è quasi musicale, i disegni sono sempre vivaci e piacevoli. La nostra bimba di 3 anni li adora!TRAMA: mentre vola sulla sua scopa, una strega perde il cappello, la bacchetta e il fiocco; alcuni animali la aiuteranno a ritrovarli in cambio di un giro della scopa.. finché ad un tratto la scopa si rompe e la strega finisce in balia di un drago.. ma i suoi amici animali accorreranno di nuovo in suo aiuto, riuscendo a salvarla!PROBLEMA EDIZIONE: per questi libri esiste una miriade di edizioni diverse tra copertina flessibile o rigida, cartonati, audio libri e chi più ne ha più ne metta. Quello che non mi era mai capitato, comprando come di consueto l’edizione inglese, era che invece dell’originale mi fosse recapitata la versione americana, che non è del tutto uguale: alcuni termini non usati negli USA vengono modificati, talvolta richiedendo di riscrivere intere frasi. Purtroppo su Amazon le due versioni sono a prima vista indistinguibili, perché in entrambi i casi vengono indicati come “lingua inglese”.SOLUZIONE: ho prontamente contattato il servizio clienti di Amazon per segnalare la questione. Mi hanno spiegato che non si poteva fare una semplice sostituzione perché questa è prevista solo per richiedere lo stesso identico prodotto. Ho quindi provveduto ad effettuare il reso ed ho fatto un nuovo ordine cambiando versione. Per cercare di identificare correttamente la versione giusta, mi sono basata sull’IBAN (cercando informazioni anche su siti esterni) e sull’editore. Quindi vi consiglio di cercare di verificare prima dell’acquisto se la versione che state comprando è effettivamente quella che desiderate e, in caso di problemi, contattate l’assistenza che saprà prontamente supportarvi![NB. questa è la recensione associata alla versione originale inglese]


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