10 Busy Brooms
10 Busy Brooms
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Annotation: Grab your broom and fly the night sky with ten little witches in this fun and festive Halloween counting book! Whether zooming past rattling skeletons, buzzing by pie-stealing mummies, or soaring over a werewolf with bad breath, readers will be cheering for this exciting group of witches and their high-flying Halloween adventures!
Catalog Number: #118570
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Illustrator: Fleming, Michael,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-553-53341-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-553-53341-5
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2014048839
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
In this lively counting rhyme, a little witch flying on a long broom picks up eight more witches, avoiding various spooky creatures en route. The overloaded broom crash-lands near a tenth witch, who--unlike the others--is an ordinary girl in costume. Cheerfully, they all go trick-or-treating together. The witches' brightly colored outfits, each one unique, stand out well against the dark-purple night sky.
Publishers Weekly
Gerber (Tuck-in Time) offers a jaunty counting story as a witch with -a long, speedy broom- invites nine of her compatriots to join her for a ride. Though the rhymes often suggest the witches are in a degree of peril (-3 little witches zipping through the night/ saw a ghost haunt a witch as she jumped in fright-), Fleming (Ten Eggs in a Nest) opts for cuteness over creepiness-there-s nothing threatening about his smiling ghosts, pie-stealing mummies, and fuzzy werewolves. There-s also a pleasingly inclusive diversity to the witches: one wears a head scarf, and a range of ages and skin colors are represented. Gerber-s three-line stanzas can feel abrupt, as though they-re waiting to be completed by a fourth line that never arrives, but all in all, it-s an enjoyable celebration of witchy sisterhood. Ages 3-7. Author-s agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1&12; Ten diverse witches take flight on Halloween night as they avoid nonthreatening monsters in this numerical concept book. Awkward rhyming stanzas accompany each page spread, starting with the number one, and climb higher as each adorable little witch escapes whatever trouble is brewing below her. Bright and cheerful artwork wars with vocabulary that conjures a degree of spookiness that never comes to fruition. For example, when a ghost haunts "a witch as she jump[s] in fright," both are smiling at each other as if they're old friends. As each witch hops on her broom to evade trouble, she brings with her an item that travels with her throughout the rest of the story. This may be a black cat, an owl, or even a pie (one witch is a baker). It becomes quite crowded on the page toward the end. As a concept book for small children, this selection will be rather cumbersome without ritualized dialogue support from an adult. VERDICT A cute but ultimately flawed additional selection for libraries in need of updating their Halloween collections.&12; Rachel Zuffa, Racine Public Library, WI
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Word Count: 276
Reading Level: 2.4
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 185513 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD600L
Guided Reading Level: K
Fountas & Pinnell: K

Celebrate Halloween with this fun and festive counting book, perfect for fans of Room on the Broom!

Young readers will want to fly the night sky with the ten little witches in this bright and adventurous Halloween story. Whether zooming past rattling skeletons, buzzing by pie-stealing mummies, or soaring over a werewolf with bad breath, this exciting group of witches and their high-flying Halloween adventures will have readers cheering! Plus, play a game of I Spy and find the cat and owl on every page!

"An enjoyable celebration of witchy sisterhood."—Publisher's Weekly

"Bright and cheerful."—School Library Journal

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