Room on the Broom

I don’t think Julia Donaldson can go wrong! In addition to the hugely popular Gruffalo books, she has a prolific output of rhyming picture books for children. Room on the Broom is probably Julia Donaldson’s best-loved picture book after The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child. Following the huge success of these two titles in their Scots language versions, Room on the Broom, translated into Scots by James Robertson, is going to be another.

This is a happy partnership as the tale loses none of its cadence, as the witch and her cat fly across Scotland, dropping things. When first a dog helps her to find her hat and is given a lift, then a bird helps her find her ribbon, then a frog helps her find her wand, the frog’s extra weight is enough to snap the broom. As they fall to the ground, it is the animals’ turn to save the witch.

All ends happily, of course, in  ‘what goes around comes around’ fashion.

The language is broad and I confess I didn’t know every word, but this is how children learn new words, by the context, and so I find it great fun. And parents of children who have the original English version will of course be able to refer back when in doubt!

Room on the Broom in Scots is available here from Amazon

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Suse Coon

Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.

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