Room on the Broom: Book and DVD Review and Giveaway

It is OCTOBER, one of my favorite months. Both in my therapy sessions and at home, we love doing fall and Halloween themed activities and reading fun themed books as well.


A couple years ago, I discovered the book Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. My kids LOVE it. It is such a FUN book that most children will really enjoy. So I was thrilled when I was contacted to review this book and the new Room on the Broom DVD just in time for Halloween (no, it’s not a Halloween book, but witches stories go well with the holiday!)  A while back, I reviewed the The Gruffalo Movie and some products for another Julia Donaldson book The Gruffalo and was very pleased with the movie and products (you can read more about The Gruffalo book HERE , which we LOVE,  and read more about The Gruffalo Movie and other products HERE).

And…I’m thrilled to tell you all that the great people from Room on the Broom will be giving away a copy of the Room on the Broom DVD to one my lucky readers! You can read more at the end of this post.

What is Room on the Broom About?

The witch and her cat are taking a fly on her broom…but the wind keeps blowing the witches belongings off her stick and to the ground. “Down!” cried the witch,  as she goes down to retrieve her missing items. On the ground several different animals help find her missing items, and then they too ask for a ride on her broom. But is their room on the broom? Soon the witch and her friends come face to face with a hungry dragon who “is as mean as can be and witch with french fries sounds delicious” to him. What will become of the witch and her broom? You need to read to find out!

What do I Love about Room on the Broom?

I love the rhyming in this book. The rhyming patterns can help build phonological awareness skills that help young children be stronger readers and spellers. I also love the large, colorful illustrations by Axel Scheffler. In addition, this book provides many opportunities for learning new vocabulary. Words such as ginger, clambered, reeds, moors, yowl, bog & cauldron are some that come to mind.

The best part, is that my kids and clients LOVE this book. We love to read the line “DOWN cried the witch!” together and in silly voices and because of the rhyme, my kids are better able to “predict” the words and “read along” with me.

Activities to Go Along with Room on the Broom

Looking for some fun activities to go along with Room on the Broom? Check these out!

Toddler Approved shares some fun learning and reading/pre reading activities.

The Home Teacher shares a story retelling activity along with other witch-themed activities and treats.

Room on the Broom: The Movie

room on the broom DVD Just like The Gruffalo Movie, the Room on the Broom  movie is basically  the book in a movie form. So often, movie versions of books are changed and leave details out, but in this movie the story is narrated with the book’s text along with animation. My favorite part of this movie is the lack of loud music that comes with most children’s flicks. In the  Room on the Broom movie, there is a quiet gentle music that plays in the background here and there while leaving the most important content, as in the STORY, upfront. In addition, the movie is short so your child is not getting a ton of screen time (great for keeping your kids busy as you get dinner ready!). My children really enjoyed seeing one of their favorite books on the screen and asked to watch it again and again.

Your Chance to Win!

As I mentioned, the wonderful folks at Room on the Broom are giving away one copy of the Room on the Broom DVD to one of my readers! This giveaway is open to US residents only, age 18 and over, VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. No purchase necessary. Promotion is open from Friday 10/4/2013 at 12am pacific through Thursday October 10th at 11:59pm pacific. Entering in the rafflecopter below assumes you have read and accepted the full terms of the giveaway. Good luck!

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About Katie

Katie is a licensed, credentialed and certified pediatric speech-language pathologist and mom to three (5, 3 and 9 months). Her passion about educating, inspiring and empowering parents of children with all abilities led her to start her blog Playing With Words 365 where she shares information about speech and language development, therapy ideas and tips, intervention strategies and a little about her family life too. Katie has been working in the field of speech pathology for 9 years and is certified in The Hanen Centre’s It Takes Two to Talk ® and Target Word ® programs and holds a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In addition to blogging and being a mommy, Katie works part time in her small private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. My favorite part of the book is the rhyming aspect. I am a reading teacher and it builds confidence, in addition to phoneme awareness, in the children who can participate with the reading. Love it!

  2. I love Halloween activities. This looks like a great book!

  3. Jennifer Asbury says:

    My favorite part of the book is the end, when everyone has their own special seat on the broom.

  4. We found Room on the Broom last year and it became a favorite read. Between the rhyming and the predictions we had fun every time we opened the book.
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  5. Kim Hovey says:

    I love all the Julia Donaldson books, especially The Gruffalo! My kids had it memorized at 2 yrs because the rhyme scheme is so good!

  6. Sheila K. says:

    I haven’t seen Room on the Broom yet but it sounds like something my niece would love!

  7. This sounds like a great book. Perfect for the season.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Room on the Broom looks like a fabulous book that my preschoolers would love! I love books with great pictures and vocabulary for the students.

  9. I love using books to hit SL targets such as vocabulary and rhyming. This book sounds great!

  10. I love the cat. He prefers to purr or whistle to convey his emotions.

  11. Paula Townsend says:

    I love books with repetitive lines and ones that rhyme. This has both!

  12. I love the rhyme the best!

  13. Stephanie says:

    Repetitive lines are great for so many skills.

  14. I love that there is rhyming and repetitive lines. Students get into books like this!

  15. I like the rhymes. It makes reading this book sound like fun.

  16. Helen Wagner says:

    I like the rhyming and repetition! Yhis would be great for my Tier One reading students!

  17. I like the rhyming and fun way it is written. It makes is more enjoyable to read aloud!

  18. Julie Schwarz says:

    I haven’t read this book before but would love to use it with my preschool students in therapy!

  19. Kathy Mays says:

    I love how all the animals help her look for the lost items.

  20. Love the rhyming

  21. Sharon Swindell says:

    I am unsure about my favorite part, as I don’t have the book! However, the premise looks fun and they rhyming aspect is perfect for my primary crowd!

  22. I have not read this book but now it is something that I would love to read to my little ones! Looks like a great book.

  23. I love the vocabulary and repetitive themes to help little ones anticipate what will happen so they can fill in! Looks great for story retell and answering questions too!

  24. Looks awesome! would love to have it!

  25. ctogether says:

    I love the vocabulary aspect of the book.

  26. I clicked on this post for a fall/Halloween book suggestion, so we don’t have a favorite part quite yet … Looking forward to reading this book soon!

  27. What a great book. I cant wait to read it to my kids.

  28. Nicole Salazar says:

    My son would love it!

  29. I love books that rhyme. I think they are more fun to read and more fun for the children because they can fill in the words easier!

  30. I just flipped through this book the other day at Target and was going to look for it at the school book fair! I love the illustrations and the rhyming!

  31. Tabathia B says:

    I haven’t seen the movie yet

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