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4.41  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,486 Ratings  ·  523 Reviews
The witch and her cat couldn't be happier, flying through the sky on their broomstick-until the witch drops her hat, then her bow, then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items and all they want in return is a ride on the broomstick. But is there room on the broom for so many new friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 27th 2001 by Dial Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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Shoa Khan
Dec 22, 2015 Shoa Khan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is absolutely my FAVOURITE picture book! (No, I don't think I'm too old for them!)
I have also seen the BBC version, and thought it was bloody good!

This is the story of a kind witch and her cat, merrily flying on their broomstick!

But after a while, the wind starts playing havoc and every now and then, some thing or the other goes flying off the broom, which causes them to make many pit stops! But at every stop they make a new friend, who wants to tag along, and the witch obliges, much to the
Feb 23, 2015 Irina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
My child's absolute favourite! Brilliant!
Aug 16, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful rhyming picture book about a witch, charming and fun to read aloud at Halloween.
❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
Julia Donaldson is a fantastic author. She understands what appeals to children and brings them to fantastic worlds with endearing characters.
A fun, rhyming text all about sharing and how it can have unexpectedly positive results! :-) I loved the "surprise" at the end. After I read the book, I read up on the author/illustrator in the back flap as usual and discovered that they're from the UK. Reading the text with a British accent makes it even more fun! ;->
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Anyone with small children (and older ones too, I'm sure) will be familiar with Julia Donaldson, in particular The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child, which - along with Room on the Broom - have been made into animated films that regularly show on the ABC. My son, at three, enjoys the books but finds the movies too scary - he's still young like that.

Room on the Broom is about a witch with "long ginger hair in a braid down her back" and a cat and a broomstick and cauldron. They're flying through t

Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my BEDTIME STORIES list.

I have a little boy and love reading to him, so this reading list will cover the classic (and new) children’s stories we’re enjoying together.

A really good read-aloud story, with great rhythm, rhyme and repetitive elements. My son is 16
Oct 19, 2015 Kellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-but-unowned
Found this book in Barnes & Noble today. I opened it, started reading, and before I knew it I was reading it like story time to my mom who also really loved it. It's now one of our favorite books! The words were instantly narrated in my mind, the story and characters cute, the art is beautiful. Absolutely all ages will love this.
Lisa Vegan
Jul 03, 2016 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Great read aloud! Great rhyme! There is just the right amount of funny vs. scary. There’s a really fun and surprising and creative ending. (I was really tempted to tell what exactly, but then I’d have to use a spoiler box for a children’s picture book.) Oh, and the illustrations are wonderful!
Dec 17, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My youngest sister found this in a Hermanus book shop when she was 3. I read it to her so many times that I could recite it by heart- so could she! I will always love this book, for the amusing rhyme and all the attached memories.
Liam Mernagh
‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson is a beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of a delightful witch who has the misfortune of losing her possessions while on one of her magical flights in a gusty wind. However, on the way she meets various animals who help her as she goes in search of her lost items in return for a spot on her broom. Unfortunately, the witch’s broom breaks in mid air under the weight of its passengers and they face the danger of being eaten by a hungry dragon. Th ...more
Nov 26, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This fun picture book by Julia Donaldson tells the story of a kind-hearted witch and her loyal cat flying through the night sky, when they bump into many colourful characters during their journey, who end up joining the broomstick. Disaster strikes after a while, when the broomstick snaps in half under the weight of several new passengers collected along the way, and the witch finds herself face to face with a very hungry dragon!

The repeated rhyming structure of the book makes it brilliant for
Amy Hoang
Sep 24, 2011 Amy Hoang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Room on the Broom is an exciting, enchanting story of a good natured witch and her cat that meets new friends along the way, a dog, a bird, a frog and invites them onto her broom. It has a nice rhyming flow to the story which will keep children engaged plus the use of repetition. The pictures are mesmerising and really do bring the story to life. There is very descriptive use of words for the characters in the book, particularly when describing the horrible and frightful beast. There is a moral ...more
Crystal Marcos
Oct 27, 2014 Crystal Marcos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We love this book. My daughter requests this book often. It is a great book to read during Halloween time or anytime really. The artwork is fun and perfect for the story. My daughter will say lines from the book. It is very cute! She even got the DVD for Christmas last year.
Kirsty Cabot
Read to Ivy 05/09/15

Great story telling, love the way the story sounds when you read it out loud.
Orla Dennehy
Julia Donaldson has created a magical story of a witch who loses her possessions because of a gust of wind whilst on a journey across the sky one night. Fortunately for the witch, she meets various animals who help her as she searches for her lost items. In return, the animals are allowed a spot on the witches broom. Sadly due to the weight of all the animals the broom snaps in half- in mid air. Now, all the animals including the witch may be eaten by a hungry dragon.
This is an exciting book fo
Inspired Kathy
Apr 08, 2009 Inspired Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Love the pictures and the story is easy to read and flows well.
(NS) Laura Jackson
Nov 15, 2009 (NS) Laura Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I read this book and listened to it on CD. This is my picture book in poetic form. A witch and her cat are flying through the sky on her broomstick when her hat blows off of her head and falls to the ground. A helpful animal finds her hat and wants a ride on her broom in return. The witch and cat invite him on the broom. As they are flying through the sky her bow falls to the ground, then her wand falls to the ground. Two more animals find the objects that belong to the witch and want a ride on ...more
Helena Harper
A story to tickle every child's fantasy

I was lent this book by an acquaintance and, having already read the Gruffalo and enjoyed that, I was looking forward to reading this one as well. I was not disappointed. In fact, the story appealed to me even more, if that's possible, than the Gruffalo. I liked the idea of a friendly witch who meets new friends on her journey to recover her hat, bow and wand and how, by working together, these friends overcome a greedy, red dragon. Personally, I think ther
Feb 27, 2012 Anjumanara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a spellbinding adventure of a good witch and her cat flying through the air on a broomstick without a care in the world - until the wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and then her wand. Each time they fly down to retrieve the items, they meet three other polite, helpful animals – dog, bird and a frog who help them find the items. Being a kind witch, she offers them all a ride until there are far too many passengers on the broom!! Then Disaster strikes!! The broom snaps and they all fal ...more
Papia Sultana
Sep 17, 2012 Papia Sultana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson is a fantastic rhyming story. The story is about a witch who has an eventful journey on her broomstick. The witch loses her hat, bow and wand and makes new friends with a dog, bird and frog who help her find her belongings and then the witch offers them room on her broom. However, later in the story the witch and her friends fall off the broom stick and suddenly a dragon finds the witch and wants to eat her. Her new friends save her by disguising a ...more
Melissa Cooney
Sep 30, 2012 Melissa Cooney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this excellently written, rhyming book by Julia Donaldson, we meet a friendly witch and her happy cat. One day while out flying on her broom, three gusts of wind blow away her hat, her bow and her wand. Together with the help of some kind and friendly animals, she manages to retrieve all of her processions. In return for their help she takes them all for a ride on her broom.
Disaster strikes when flying through the air the broom snaps, causing everyone to fall to the ground. Waiting below is
Jacinta Tarr
Apr 19, 2012 Jacinta Tarr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Julia Donadson and Axel Scheffler come together yet again to deliver another childrens' favourite. The witch loses her hat and when it is returned by the dog he asks to join her on her broom. She then loses her bow and this is returned by a bird who also asks to join her on her broom and finally her wand, which is returned by a frog who also asks to join her on her broom. With all of these visitors on the witches broom it can not take any more and breaks, leaving the witch with half a broom! and ...more
Sep 07, 2013 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Room on the Broom
Julia Donaldson
This rhyming book tells a story of a witch and her cat who happily are flying on her broom, until a storm blows her hat off which is found by a dog who wants to join her on her broom. Through the rest of the book she encounters many other characters including a frog, a bird etc, who also want to come along on the broom. The storm becomes worse and the witch begins to lose more of her possessions, such as her bow, wand etc, but they are always found by characters w
Claire Hart
Sep 29, 2012 Claire Hart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A witch and her cat fly on a journey through windy and stormy weather. On the way, the witch loses different items due to the strength of the wind. Forced to descend to the ground each time, the witch encounters different animals along the way that ask if there is 'room on her broom'. Unfortunately the broom gets into trouble and they all fall to the ground and into a sticky bog. The witch gets into further trouble with a fearsome, hungry dragon but is helped by her new found friends. Together t ...more
Lucia Rial
Aug 21, 2012 Lucia Rial rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Room on the Broom is about a friendly witch who travels on her broomsticks and meets different animals. She meets a dog, a cat, a frog and bird and they all soon become friends. After travelling for a while, the Witch’s broomstick snaps in two leaving her and her friends tumbling down to the ground, only to find a new acquaintance on her way down. She met a roaring dragon whom likes to eat Witch and Chips for his tea! The Witch tried desperately to escape and eventually her new found friends sav ...more
Sep 07, 2012 Kimberley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Room on the Broom tells a story of a witch and her cat that take a ride on her broom, the witch loses some of her possession, such as her hat and her hair bow. Various animals including a dog, owl and a frog find these possessions and return them to her requesting to join the ride on the broom, the witch allows them until the broom is full. The broom subsequently snaps in two sending the witch and all her passengers to the ground, at this point the witch is confronted by a scary dragon that want ...more
Aug 22, 2013 Beverley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about a kind witch and her cat flying on a broom stick without a care in the world until the wind blows and knocks the witches hat off her head. When the witch and her cat fly down to retrieve her hat a helpful dog brings it to her and asks her if she has room on her broom for him. The witch allows him on her broom and as she flies on she drops her ribbon and wand and ends up with lots of other helpful passengers on her broomstick such as a bird and a frog. The broom becomes very ...more
Stephen Barry
Sep 12, 2011 Stephen Barry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Room on the Broom tells the story of a good natured Witch and her cat travelling on her broomstick and meeting different characters throughout. I told this story to my four year old daughter and my initial impression was that the book had large detailed pictures and was written in large bold font. They pick up and befriend a dog, a bird and a frog along their journey and they all ride along on the Witches broom. The broom eventually snaps in two and all the characters fall to the ground. The Wit ...more
Leanne Lynch
Apr 21, 2012 Leanne Lynch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fabulous book by Julia Donaldson details the journey of a witch flying through the air on her broom, loosing her possessions and gaining passengers as she goes.
The poetic nature of the book sets the reading at a delightful pace which I believe would be very engaging for children. The rhyme and repetition would provide endless possibilities for child participation and the vocabulary used would provide an opportunity for discussion and expansion of the children's word bank.
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I grew up in a tall Victorian London house with my parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, younger sister Mary and cat Geoffrey (who was really a prince in disguise. Mary and I would argue about which of us would marry him).

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