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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful, despite a publisher's error, August 9, 2003
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This review is from: Room on the Broom (Hardcover)
My 3.5-year-old son loves this book. The illustrations are clever and charming and the simple, repetitive rhymes are perfect for young listeners. It is a joy to read aloud. It is one of my top 10 books to give as a gift. A witch and her cat are flying around and encounter three other animals that would like to know if there is room on the broom for an animal like them. The reply is always an enthusiastic "Yes!" (Now who wouldn't like a ride on a broom?) This book is generally not found on bookstore shelves because it is considered a Halloween book, but it is fun reading any time of year. After numerous renewals from the library, we purchased our own copy. (We also own and highly recommend "The Spiffiest Giant in Town" and "The Gruffalo.")

When our Amazon ordered book came in the mail, my husband read it and noticed that his favorite line said by the dragon, "witch without fries" is not in the book! We like the original verse, "The dragon drew near with a glint in his eyes, and said, "Just this once I'll have witch without fries." That has been replaced with "The dragon drew nearer and started to drool. He said, "I won't let you go- do you think I'm a fool?"

I believe the publisher has corrected the problem. Either way, you'll be happy to own it! Every time I am in the children's section of my local library, I look up Donaldson on the shelves and take out her books to put up on top for parents to see it and easily grab it. Children (and parents) get a beautifully illustrated story which highlight friendship, cooperation, politeness and generosity. (My son is 6 now and my daughter is 2. I love that I can still read this book to them and they love it!)
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Initial post: Feb 27, 2008 12:33:00 AM PST
That's funny. In my version (from the UK) the line is ""I am a dragon, as mean as can be, And I'm planning to have WITCH AND CHIPS for my tea!"

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2008 10:48:49 AM PST
S. Archer says:
I really wish publishers would leave books alone. They insist on translating between British English and American English... I guess they're trying to save the reader from having to think at all! Frankly, "chips" works fine for both sides of the ocean.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2010 5:59:59 PM PDT
yes i was going to write this too! so a third version of those lines...

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 9:31:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 25, 2011 9:33:04 PM PDT
brycen says:
We just ordered from amazon.co.uk, to get the original UK lines: The dragon drew nearer and, licking his lips, Said "Maybe this once I'll have witch without chips". The proper ISBN is 978-0-333-90338-4 from MacMillan.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2011 1:30:48 PM PDT
So which version should I order to ensure getting the "witch with fries" version?
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