Mary and the Witch’s Flower dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi (2017) Feature-length children’s anime based on Mary Stewart’s book The Little Broomstick. Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi stays true to the original storyline, modifying it only slightly (and with an eye to improvement). A simple yet visually rich, engaging meld of Japanese and English sensibilities.
The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart (Brockhampton, 1971) Mary Stewart’s magical middle-grade adventure remains undiminished nearly fifty years after its first publication—less sweeping in scale than Harry Potter or the like, yet with tighter, more accomplished prose and a creeping story that stands independent of the need for sequels.