Written in rhyme and accompanied by a large font, this book is great for young readers and would-be readers. The repetition ensures it is accessible for small children and Donaldson’s judicious use of words and phrases help to broaden little vocabularies. There are some clever play on words as well, such as the dragon saying: “I’m planning to have WITCH AND CHIPS for my tea!”
The use of repetition ensures that it is easily picked up by children and allows for the use of shared reading with children.
The delightful illustrations created by Scheffler depict the animals with vivid facial expressions sure to elicit giggles from even the smallest child. And the scatty but sweet witch fulfils historical stereotypes of being rather unattractive, but she is still appealing nonetheless.
The message of friendship and sticking together amidst adversity are subtly depicted throughout the text and teach us that friendships can spring from the most unlikely of places.
A lovely book that encourages participative reading, this book is a must read for beginning readers.
- this review by Sarah Pietrzak
Title: Room on the Broom
Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Pan Macmillan, $14.95 RRP
Publication Date: June 2006
For ages: 4 - 7
Type: Picture book, rhyme