Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Year published: 2001
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Number of pages: 24
Recommended age: 3 to 7 years
Daughter's Rating: ★★★★★
Mom's Rating: ★★★★★
Summary (from Amazon): 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?
What it’s about: The witch is a silly witch. She made some new friends for her adventure. They’re silly too.
What I liked and disliked about it: I absolutely love this story. My favourite part is when the witch’s new friends turn into a mud monster and rescue her from the crabby dragon. I also love the froggy’s new shower at the end.
My bottom line: EVERYBODY should read this book! It is very funny! Little girls will like the silly witch and boys will like the dragon because he’s crabby!
What it’s about: A witch decides to go for a fly on her broom and along the way she makes a few friends – only the broom can’t handle all that weight! After it snaps, the witch ends up flying into a cloud and meets a terrifying, fire-breathing dragon whose favourite meal is “witch and chips”. How the witch escapes her predicament is hilarious and, as usual, Donaldson’s poetry makes the journey that much more memorable!
What I liked and disliked about it: This book takes the reader on an adventure – in typical Julia Donaldson poetic fashion, she breaks down traditional “witch” and “Halloween” roles which allows the readers to open their imaginations to all sorts of fun possibilities. I love the inclusion of repetition which makes it so easy to involve my daughter and allow her to participate actively in the storytelling.
My bottom line: Truly an adorable tale – fantastic Halloween-themed addition to the home library! Boys and girls aged 3-7 will definitely enjoy this story (and so will Mommy & Daddy!)
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