Halloween is right around the corner and this amusing story caught my eye the other day. A friendly witch rides her broomstick cheerfully around the forest with her cat. Along the way, she looses several items and one-by-one are found and returned by several new animal friends. Each one asks if they can have a ride on her broom. Their adventure takes a turn as the broomstick snaps and the witch is confronted by a hungry dragon after tumbling to the ground. The rhyming text flows nicely making for an easy read-aloud. The illustrations are colorful and with so many characters, each one could be read in different voices adding to the entertaining storyline. It also depicts kindness and friendship with friends helping other friends in need. I think this is a "just right book" for ages 3 - 7.~
Title: Room on the Broom
Author: Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Genre: picture book
Pub. Date: 2001, Puffin Books
Hardcover, 32 pgs.