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The Scarecrow and His Servant

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    In the tradition of ¿The Wizard of Oz,¿ Philip Pullman¿s childre

    In the tradition of “The Wizard of Oz,” Philip Pullman’s children’s novel, “The Scarecrow and His Servant” blends fantasy with adventure to create a curious story of friendship and ingenuity. When struck by lightning in a wheat field, a typical scarecrow with a broomstick backbone and a turnip head comes to life like Frankenstein—with the notable exception of the scarecrow’s decidedly benign and non-monstrous nature. The Scarecrow soon happens upon a young boy, Jack, whom he adopts as his servant, and the two embark upon an adventurous journey to Spring Valley, where the Scarecrow is sure that he belongs. They encounter dangerous events at every turn, from brigands to a regiment to a shipwreck, and their quest is challenging. Fortunately for the humorous and often ignorant Scarecrow, Jack is inventive and resourceful, and together they face each trial with hope. However, as with every folk story, there is a villain determined to have his own way, and this time that entity is embodied by the Buffalonis, an ill-famed family who claims the rights to Spring Valley. The outcome may be unexpected, but the fun and danger of the journey is certain.

    “The Scarecrow and His Servant” is written much like a fairy tale for older children and adolescents aged approximately 8-12. There are many words that will require a dictionary or an adult’s guidance, and the obscenity “damn” appears on page 116. The story itself is highly fantastical and unbelievable, containing multiple anachronisms such as mentions of winning the lottery and a police station, but hence the mythical element. Overall, Pullman’s short novel introduces readers to endearing characters and an interesting plotline fraught with obstacles and humor, if inaccurate and insensible at times.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    This book is fun to read. The name says it all; i recommend it t

    This book is fun to read. The name says it all; i recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good fun book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2009

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    I loved this book!

    I loved this book because it was funny and unrealistic. I don't like many fantasy books but this was one of the best of the few that I like. I would love for you to read this book because its funny and it makes you want to read on. This book has a good twist of mystery slipped into it to make it the coolest story ever!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2008

    good book

    i read this book when i was in 5th or 6th grade ( i don't remember) for those reading quizes where you have to read a book every 2 months and take a quiz for it for a grade. so i picked this book up, thinking it was short. at first i thought it was a stupid book because who wants to read about a scarecrow coming to life. It's just like cinderella. but then after i read it, it turned out to be a really good book. I finished this in 3 days. Must read for children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2007

    Title says it all

    This was a fun book to read. I felt that some of the wording could be confusing for elementary age readers but it is a good way to expose them into language. Fun story with an excited adventure!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2007

    a great read-aloud, even if you do have to define 'brigand'

    Our children, ages 6, 9 and 9, and I have enjoyed reading this book aloud this summer. Pullman is a marvelous storyteller, and this book lends itself perfectly to dramatic reading 'even overacting, if you're so inclined'-- enchanting.

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