At last! I am thrilled to have in my hands a copy of the newest edition of Mary Stewart’s children’s book The Little Broomstick. I pre-ordered this book in *July 2017!* but then the book’s release date was put back from October to 5 April 2018, presumably in line with changing cinema release dates. Those lovely people at Hive must have sent out my copy as soon as it arrived for me to receive my copy a few days early. Here it is:

The Little Broomstick, Hodder pb 2018. ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ film artwork © 2018 MFP
TLB back cover
The Little Broomstick, Hodder pb 2018. ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ film artwork © 2018 MFP

Isn’t it gorgeous? Inside, each chapter heading includes an illustration by Shirley Hughes, just as the 1971 and 2001 editions do. This is the standard UK edition, that is it includes original characters and so on that were pruned from the first and, so far as I know, subsequent US editions. As with the other UK editions, the book ends with ‘A Message from the Author’ about the Helibroom (available from Harrods from £874.75…) – I wonder if any children will take this at face value and request a Helibroom for birthday or Christmas?

Finally, this new edition of the book contains a full-page grayscale promotion for the animated film Mary and the Witch’s Flower, ‘in cinemas 2018’. I am really excited about this – please let’s all buy the book and see the film, in recognition of Mary Stewart’s story-telling awesomeness! And perhaps a great response to the new book issue and film may persuade Hodder/Hachette to publish Mary Stewart’s first ever story, her never-(yet)-published children’s novel The Enchanted Journey. Here’s hoping!

I have tickets to one of the UK preview screenings of the film on 10 April, this will be in Japanese with subtitles, and I am going to this with my husband – I think I’ll wait until May for the dubbed version, with the voices of Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent, to watch this with children. Are you planning to buy the book or see the film? I’d love to hear from you.

TLB x3