The Little Broomstick A black cat that needs to rescue its brother from a witch s spell enlists the help of a lonely ten year old Mary Smith It is Tib the black cat who leads Mary to the strange flower in the woods When sh

  • Title: The Little Broomstick
  • Author: MaryStewart
  • ISBN: 9780340932636
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
  • A black cat that needs to rescue its brother from a witch s spell enlists the help of a lonely ten year old Mary Smith.It is Tib the black cat who leads Mary to the strange flower in the woods When she discovers a little broomstick shortly afterwards, she is astonished to feel it jump in to action Before she can gather her wits, it is whisking her over the treetops, abovA black cat that needs to rescue its brother from a witch s spell enlists the help of a lonely ten year old Mary Smith.It is Tib the black cat who leads Mary to the strange flower in the woods When she discovers a little broomstick shortly afterwards, she is astonished to feel it jump in to action Before she can gather her wits, it is whisking her over the treetops, above the clouds, and in to the grounds of Endor College, where All Examinations Coached for by A Competent Staff of Fully Qualified Witches Here she discovers evidence of a terrible experiment in transformation deformed and mutant animals imprisoned in cages In the moment after her broomstick takes off, she realises that Tib has been captured Returning to the College the following day, she manages to free the animals, but not before the Head of the college, Miss Mumblechook, and her colleague, Doctor Dee, have seen her Mary manages to flee but the evil pair are in hot pursuit

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    1. The cover of the book shows a nice little girl and her kitty, and a cute title --you think you know what you're getting. But don't judge this book by its cover. Mary Stewart is great at suspense and unsettling moods, and she continues this in one of her few children's books, published in 1972. Her boarding school for young witches is nothing like J.K. Rowlings' wondrous Hogwarts school. It's more of a cross between mad scientist's laboratory and Dracula's castle. Not a place to linger. A chase s [...]

    2. "Even her name was plain. Mary Smith. Nothing could have been more depressing, she thought; to be plain, to be ten, and to be alone, staring out of her bedroom window on a gray autumn day, and to be called Mary Smith."So begins this magical, swift read about a young British girl, Mary Smith, bored staying with her elderly aunt in the country while her parents are away for work in the US. But soon Tib, a charming and mysterious cat, leads her to a patch of fly-by-night flowers in the woods, and w [...]

    3. A girl follows a black cat to a magic broomstick and finds herself whisked away to a school for witches.Appropriate for ages 8-12This was one of my favorite books when I was about 9. The story tells of Mary, a girl who is parked with two elderly aunts. In the garden, she finds a black cat who leads her to a purple flower, which the gardener tells her is a "Fly-by-Night". Mary accidentally rubs the juice from the flower onto a broom handle and is whisked away to a school for witches, run by an ev [...]

    4. I was inspired to reread this book by the recent news of the movie "Mary and the Witch's Flower" coming out later this year by Studio Ponoc, an offshoot of the famous Studio Ghibli. It is many years since I read it last, but the book was just as I remembered it, a charming little children's book about a magical adventure. There are spells and enchantments, flying broomsticks and a school of magic, but this is definitely not Harry Potter, being a quite different view of magic and the people who p [...]

    5. Very enjoyable and magical with a beautiful descriptive touch. Lacked a bit in plot though, which led to an unsatisfying ending. A remarkable example of how tastes have changed in children's fantasy - in contemporary works, the magic is rarely 'given up' at the end. Curious to see what Studio Ponoc do with this, it reads like a Ghibli film already but could definitely be fleshed out a lot more.

    6. I read this book as a child and loved it. I've been looking for it for years and couldn't remember the title, only the opening line: "Even her name was plain." Thanks to a google search and a second hand store I finally remembered the title got my hands on a copy. This is everything a children's book should be. I imagine if it were pitched today, there would be cries of "too much telling!" and so forth. But I think it's perfect.

    7. What is it about those oldies, that drew me to them, as a child, and keeps them in my heart?I know that this review isn't very informative, but it comes from the feels. If you grew up in the 80 and before, this book will transport you back in time to those times of sense of wonder and happy naïveté.

    8. The little broomstick- bought the book for 7$ (include shipping) from Betterworldbooks (it was used and it came in a very excellent condition lucky me) - wanted to read this book before the animation release.1. this book had the same vibe as “Castle in the Sky” by Diana Wynne Jones *v*!!!!2. took me three sittings to finish the book (on the plane twice and before i sleep).———————————————*i need more adventures with Mary and Witch’s world!!!*mary’s adventure [...]

    9. There will be an anime film based on this book and the library had it, so I decided to read it. And what a charming book it is! I'm sure the anime will be too.Anyway, it's an adventure with magic and cats and the main character, Mary, is clever and brave. I'd say it's a perfect kind of children's book. And because it was fun to read as adult too, even more so it's a good book. I really liked Mary, she's young but not bratty. Also: the book gets bonus points for cats! The text is quick to read bu [...]

    10. Janet recommended this--I read it in the middle of the night last night when I couldn't sleep, which seemed appropriate.It definitely has that mid-century British children's fantasy thing going on, with kids being left to stay in elderly houses with elderly relatives and finding their way into fantastical situations. But the writing is really unusual, very sensual and poetic in the descriptions, and not in an annoying way.The other thing that struck me about this, in a post-Harry Potter world, w [...]

    11. I've always loved this book and even as an adult I enjoyed reading it again. I especially love that my copy has an "ad" for ordering a Helibroom from Harrods in London. I've always wanted to write them and ask if a lot of children tried to buy one when the book first came out.

    12. After reading the Harry Potter books, to read something similar, but simpler, made for a nice comparison. The Little Broomstick is adorable. But the comparisons between the Rowling Books and the 1971 title by Mary Stewart are good for a discussion topic.

    13. A charmer! I heard that Studio Ghibli is making a film of this and checked my TBR shelves and there this was. It will make a delightful movie and was an enjoyable read.

    14. I read most of Mary Stewart's 'suspenseful romances' in my youth but didn't know this children's book existed until I saw the beautiful Japanese film adaptation 'Mary and the witch's flower.' how did this story published in 1972 make it halfway around the world to studio ponoc? that is another mystery in itself

    15. I read this because I saw Mary and the Witch’s Flower, and I was curious about the adaptation. I have to say I actually preferred the movie. The book seemed thrown together, and a major point in the beginning about how Mary felt she was “plain,” was never followed though.

    16. This is how you write a children's book. I read this back in the early 70's when I was a child. It is one of the most perfect books I have ever read. I believe it is out of print. For all of you aspiring writer's-try to score an old copy if possible. Take the writing to heart and learn from it. New generations of readers will thank you for it. New York Review Children's Collection-reissue! Please!

    17. As a child, I loved this book. I re-read it often, along with The Witch of Blackbird Pond and two Madeline L'Engle series (the original Time trio, the Austins). As I recall, it's an odd story, kind of creepy and uncertainly resolved. But I suppose that was part of the appeal. It may appeal to some fans of Harry Potter and other magical series who are looking for more witchcraft and moral ambiguity.

    18. Years before Harry Potter went to Hogwarts, Mary Smith went to Endor College ("All Examinations Coached for by A Competent Staff of Fully-Qualified Witches"). This is a delightful story of a young girl who discovers some very Dark Magic and does her best to defeat it. It's YA, so the plot is fairly simple and straightforward, but that doesn't make the story any less compelling.

    19. Such a cute book but it's such a shame this book is out of print! I was lucky enough to have been able to check the book out because of my library! Also the main reason why I read this book is because of Studio Ghibli's new movie that is based off of this book! A very good read I recommend it!

    20. This was one of my favorite books as a little girl. It has a marvelous "autumn" feeling about it. Little girl finds a broomstick in the woods, magic ensues. I reread it as an adult and it stood the test of time quite well. A good story, although I'm not into witch-stuff at all these days.

    21. This story has aged well. I had this book in storage, and just noticed it while unpacking. It's a very quick read, and a quick story - the whole adventure takes place over just a few days. A nice change from the epic fantasy we are usually presented with.

    22. adored this book as a kid, and actually still love it today. story has twists, darkness, fabulous descriptions a real favourite with me.

    23. I read this to my 6 year old in preparation for going to see the film Mary and the Witches Flower. It's a strange book with some standout scenes amongst a badly paced plot and lot's of overdone language. It's ver old fashioned and I don't think I would have understood lots of the language as a kid. There aren't many characters and most of them are stereotypes, Mary was a blank slate. In a way it seems very small, like an amatuer theatre play rather than an epic fantasy. The magic element is weir [...]

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