Room on the Broom


Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

Reading Age: 6+

Interest level: 3+


Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

From former Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson and longtime collaborator Axel Scheffler comes this much-loved tale about a witch and her gang of friends.


While flying with her cat on her broomstick, the wind blows a witch's hat from her head. Luckily, a friendly dog rescues it and, as a reward, is invited to travel with them on the broom. Throughout the tale, she encounters a series of other characters who each help the witch to recover various possessions that she loses along the way - but will there be enough room on the broom for them all?


This favourite picture book is a real delight: an ingenious and humorous story with a rhythmical text that is ideal for reading aloud. Axel Scheffler has artistically surpassed himself with the brightly-coloured illustrations, which give convincing and expressive features to all the different characters.


Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

About the authors

  • Julia Donaldson

    Julia Donaldson is one of today's most popular writers. Her bestselling titles include The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom. Although she is best-known for her picture books, Julia also writes longer novels, plays and songs. She lives in Glasgow and spends a lot of time on stage performing her brilliant sell-out singalong shows!


    Julia Donaldson is the Children's Laureate 2011-13.

    © Alex Rumford
    © Alex Rumford
  • Axel Scheffler

    Axel was born in Hamburg, Germany. At school he was good at art, but didn't think of a career in illustration until he won a cuddly purple cow in a drawing competition. He moved to England in 1982 to study illustration at the Bath Academy of Art, and then set up home in London.


    He was the illustrator for Julia Donaldson's first picture book, A Squash and a Squeeze - the start of a hugely successful partnership. Their bestselling modern classic, The Gruffalo, has sold millions of copies. His books have been translated into 42 languages.

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Average rating: 5/5

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Rating: 5 star
james mcloughlin
10 May 2015

This is my most favourite book and I know all the words.

Rating: 5 star
2 November 2014

all my kids love this book even the 10yr old and my husband loves the rhyming Julia Donaldson books as they're fun to read aloud.

Rating: 5 star
15 November 2013

Brilliant rhyming text and a lovely story about how friends help each other out.

Rating: 5 star
Rachael Smithdale
10 October 2013


Rating: 5 star
Lisa Spencer
7 October 2013

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