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Children's Fiction Halloween

The Widow's Broom

by (author) Chris Van Allsburg

Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Initial publish date
Sep 1992
Category
Halloween
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780395640517
    Publish Date
    Sep 1992
    List Price
    $26.95

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Out of print

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2

Description

A widow finds herself in possession of an extraordinary broom left by a witch who fell into the widow's garden.

About the author

Contributor Notes

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 Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi . The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg is a former instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Visit him at chrisvanallsburg.com.

Editorial 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

"...you 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

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