Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Room on the Broom is on of my favorite read alouds to do around Halloween. Written in rhyme, it tells the story of a witch flying on her broom with her cat and cauldron. When the wind blows her hat off her head, she's forced to land. A dog finds her hat, gives it back, and asks:
"I'm a dog, as keen as can be.
Is there room on the broom
for a dog like me?
"Yes! cried the witch,
and the dog clambered on.
The witch tapped the broomstick and
whoosh! they were gone.
This type of scene repeats, with the witch losing her bow and her wand and adding a bird and a frog to the broom's passengers. With all that extra weight, the broom breaks in two and the witch is attacked by a dragon whose favorite meal includes witch with french fries. Her animal companions come to the rescue and soon they're on their way riding on a brand new and upgraded broomstick.
The rhymes by Donaldson flow with such ease that it's a total pleasure to read them aloud. The story has wonderful vocabulary and repetition to encourage the participation of young readers who will soon memorize ""whoosh! they were gone." The illustrations by Axel Scheffler are delightful. Donaldson and Scheffler are one of my favorite author/illustrator pairs. A perfect Halloween read aloud.