The Scarecrow and His Servant

The Scarecrow and His Servant


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Outrageously zany and filled with non-stop surprises, Simon Reade’s theatrical adaptation of The Scarecrow and His Servant (a children’s tale by renowned author Philip Pullman), is an enchanting play for young readers and performers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781840028997
Publisher: Oberon Books
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Series: Oberon Plays for Young People Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 7 - 12 Years

About the Author

Philip Pullman is the author of of several novels for adults and children, but it was the His Dark Materials trilogy that gained him world-wide fame and made him the first children's writer to win the Whitbread Award.


Oxford, England

Date of Birth:

October 19, 1946

Place of Birth:

Norwich, England


Exeter College, Oxford University

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The Scarecrow and His Servant 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Stardust_Fiddle More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fun to read. The name says it all; i recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good fun book.
Colesta More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
johnlobe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Scarecrow and His Servant has been appropriately compared to Don Quixote. The story maintains a wonderful, timeless feel and manages to play with fairytale conventions in clever ways. The two main characters are charming as are the inked illustrations.
Smiler69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An amusing short story about a scarecrow with a turnip for a head who magically comes to life and takes on a poor boy as his servant. The two embark on wild adventures, with the scarecrow falling in love with a broomstick then having his heart broken, taking part in a play (he is cast as a 'prop' but doesn't understand that a prop is not meant to move or speak, to funny effect), a bird steals the scarecrows brain (a pea) which doesn't seem to make much difference, they end up on a desert island, then battling in a war, and finally being involved in a court case to determine who will have the rights to the property the scarecrow was first placed on. The storytelling is filled with humour and quite amusing, but I felt that it was quite a scattered tale, and the scarecrow certainly makes for a very strange, if amusing protagonist. Great narration by Graeme Malcolm on the audio version.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book reminds me of The Wizard of Oz but rather than Dorothy trying to find her way back to Kansas and Auntie Em, the Scarecrow is trying to find his way to Spring Valley where he is supposedly the owner of all the land. The story starts out with the miraculous tale of how the Scarecrow comes to life and follows his adventures with his "servant" Jack, an orphaned boy who figures that he can't do any worse than starve to death.It is a delightful, whimsical story which shows how perseverance and goodness will triumph over adversity.
ChrisRiesbeck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An entertaining kid fantasy, reminiscent of Lloyd Alexander's early books for young readers. The child, Jack, is much more mature than the child-like "adults, and the Scarecrow is frighteningly naive, but pure of heart. As in His Dark Materials, Pullman has no qualms about also aiming some sharp Swiftian volleys at the military, law, and big business.
tututhefirst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the most fun reads I've done in years. Although advertised as juvenile fiction, this is a humorous, sophisticated, story with appeal to all ages. If the adult in you won't let you read a child's book for yourself, find a youngun' and start reading. The wee one will not let you put it down.
AlexStella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a scarecrow coming to life because a lightning bolt struck him. Funny and dangerous things happen on the scarecrow and his servant, Jack, a young boy who has nothing to do but starve, as they are on their way to Spring Valley. Along the way, there's no end of real excitement- battle, shipwrecks, tricksters and brigands, it's time for Jack to save the day!
Prop2gether on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful read for children and adults. A lightning strike brings Mr. Pandolfo's scarecrow to life (and Lord Scarecrow has been moved several times to other fields) and he sets off to find his home. Along the way, he recruits Jack, a young lad, as his servant. Jack proves to be brave and resourceful. Both characters are brave when they need to be; clever when required; and all ends well in this fantasy. Highly recommended for readers of all ages.
yarmando on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute story, excellently performed by Graeme Malcolm. Lord Scarecrow is a somewhat quixotic figure, and Jack is a great "straight man" in the comedy. The British accents are a bit strange in a story with such an obvious Italian setting, but these episodic adventures are fun to listen to.
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