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Widow's Broom (25th Anniversary Edition)

by Chris Van Allsburg

Widow's Broom (25th Anniversary Edition) Synopsis

Some of Minna Shaw's neighbours don't trust her clever broom. 'It's dangerous,' they say. But Minna appreciates the broom's help. She enjoys its quiet company. But one day two children get taught a well-deserved lesson by the broom. For her neighbours, this is proof of the broom's evil spirit. Minna is obligated to give up her dear companion. Chris Van Allsburg, master of the mysterious, brings this tale to life with moody and memorable pictures that will haunt readers long after the book's covers are closed - now in a new edition to celebrate this beloved book's twenty-fifth anniversary.

Widow's Broom (25th Anniversary Edition) Press Reviews

Van Allsburg explores the nature of good and evil in this unearthly tale of a witch's broom that has fallen from the sky with its witch still on it . . . Enchanting. Booklist, ALA, Starred Review won't be able to put this broom away any more than Minna Shaw could. It will sweep the boards twelve months of the year. The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books ...will evoke pleasurable shudders... Publishers Weekly ...Althought not strictly for Halloween, may turn out to be as much a part of that holiday as Polar Express is of Christmas. School Library Journal

Book Information

ISBN: 9781328470195
Publication date: 1st September 2018
Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Categories: Children's / Teenage fiction & true stories, Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage), Traditional stories (Children's / Teenage), Personal & social issues (Children's / Teenage),

About Chris Van Allsburg

Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. Visit him at

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