Room on the Broom : My New Favorite Halloween Story AND Game App (Review)
I am a sucker for children’s books. I work hard to build thematic sets of books for my boys so when I heard about Room on the Broom I was beyond excited. I received a copy of the book, a great witch plush, and access to the app so that I could check it out and let you guys know exactly how awesome it is AND offer you a chance to win the book and plush for yourself!
Let me start with the Room on the Broom story. This book is written by Julia Donaldson, UK Children’s Laureate (2011-2013), and illustrated by Axel Scheffler—the same author and illustrator team that created The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child. While this story spent some time as a bestseller, I had never read it! I am always looking for books though and wanted to see if Room on the Broom fit as both a fun Halloween book and a good story with important elements for my pre-reading kids. The answer is a resounding YES! Room on the Broom is a story easy enough for small toddler and preschool children to follow but with enough detail and depth of story to entertain older school age children. The illustrations alone clearly tell the story, but the playful and whimsical cadence of the text brings the artwork to life. It is not hard at all to fall in love with the not so scary witch who keeps bringing friends onto her broom. That’s what makes the witch plush such a great addition to this story and this prizepack giveaway! Including all of the characteristics described in the book, this cute little witch is perfect to curl up with while reading the story on cool October nights.
The Room on the Broom app is a way to further connect your children with the story. It is a game based app designed for children ages 3-7. The artwork from the book is used so there is no doubting that this is the real Room on the Broom material. Children love being able to go further with their favorite characters beyond just the pages of a book and the Room on the Broom app is just the way to make that happen. It is easy to use, has a wide variety of games, and is NOT annoying to listen to. In fact, I actually enjoy the lighthearted music that plays while the app is open … true story!
You can join the complete cast of characters from Room on the Broom to play several different games:
· Join the stars – Fly through the air and connect all the sparkly stars to find the right image!
· Find the hat – The Witch has lost her hat! Is it behind the tree? Help Dog find the hat in the woods.
· Windy day collecting game – It’s a windy day and Cat needs help collecting a few things, will you help? Be careful not to miss them!
· Find the bow – The Witch has lost her bow! Is it in the hay? Help Bird find the bow in the field.
· Find the wand – The Witch has lost her wand! Is it under the lily pad? Help Frog find the wand in the pond.
· Drawing with stars – Light up your imagination by creating pictures in the night sky. Place the numbered stars where you wish and watch the witch transform it into a dot-to-dot picture.
· Dragon loves fries – The Dragon is hungry and is planning to have fries for his dinner! Feed the dragon fries and avoid the other falling objects from the sky!
· Fly the magnificent broom – Whoosh! Join the gang on the magnificent broom and fly through the starry night sky. Take control and steer the broom to collect letters, which spell out a word!
I don’t let my son play many game based apps on my phone. For Room on the Broom I make an exception. If it’s connecting him to characters and getting him even more excited about reading, I think it’s a-okay!
If you have Sprout TV programming, you can also catch Room on the Broom in its first U.S. broadcasts airing on Oct 30, 31, Nov 29 and Dec 7.
Ashley is a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and former teacher working to navigate through the mysterious world of Mommyia. Read more about her adventures at Momicles and follow her @Momicles2010.