The Scarecrow and His Servantby Philip Pullman, Peter Bailey
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A tattered scarecrow stands in the middle of a muddy field, taking no notice of the violent thunderstorm around him. But when a bolt of lightning strikes him, fizzing its way through his turnip head and down his broomstick, the Scarecrow blinks with surpriseand comes to life.
So begins the story of the Scarecrow, a courteous but pea-brained fellow with grand ideas. He meets a boy, Jack, who becomes his faithful servant. Leaving behind his bird-scaring duties, the Scarecrow sets out for Spring Valley, with Jack at his side. As the valiant Scarecrow plunges them into terrifying dangersbattles, brigands, broken hearts, and treasure islandshe never realizes he’s being followed by the one family who desperately wishes he’d never sprung to life. Will the Scarecrow discover the secret to his past before the crooked Buffalonis close in on him?
“Philip Pullman, now acknowledged as one of the greatest children’s authors of our time, is also one of the funniest and most accessible.”–The Times (U.K.)
“[Pullman’s] touch is so sure, his plotting so flawless, that you know a new Pullman means a rare treat. The Scarecrow and His Servant does not disappoint.”–The Herald (U.K.)
- Random House Children's Books
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- Library Binding Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 5.45(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.87(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Philip Pullman is the Whitbread Award–winning author of the bestselling His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spylass, and Lyra’s Oxford. His books for young readers also include I Was a Rat!, Count Karlstein, and Spring-Heeled Jack. To learn more about his books, please visit www.hisdarkmaterials.com or the author’s Web site at www.philip-pullman.com. Mr. Pullman lives in Oxford, England.
- Oxford, England
- Date of Birth:
- October 19, 1946
- Place of Birth:
- Norwich, England
- Exeter College, Oxford University
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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.
This book is fun to read. The name says it all; i recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good fun 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!!!
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.
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!!
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.