The Scarecrow and His Servant by Philip Pullman

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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 surprise–and 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 dangers–battles, brigands, broken hearts, and treasure islands–he 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?


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About Philip Pullman

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PHILIP PULLMAN won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in honor of the body of his work. His books include the internationally renowned His Dark Materials trilogy. Mr. Pullman lives with his wife in Oxford, England.
 
Published January 16, 2009 by Yearling. 240 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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A pair of valiant adventurers outwits a lawyer and his corporate masters in this comic fairy tale.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Scarecrow and His Servant

Publishers Weekly

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Oz isn't the only place where scarecrows make great traveling companions. In Pullman's (The Golden Compass ) charming and original fairy tale, a natty and

Oct 10 2005 | Read Full Review of The Scarecrow and His Servant

Publishers Weekly

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In this witty and moving fairy tale from Pullman (The Golden Compass ; I Was a Rat! ), a scarecrow comes miraculously to life i

Aug 01 2005 | Read Full Review of The Scarecrow and His Servant

The Guardian

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Along the way, the Scarecrow loses his heart to a farmyard broom, and so many other bits of his body, that the question finally arises, in court, whether he is the same scarecrow or not.

Dec 19 2008 | Read Full Review of The Scarecrow and His Servant

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The Scarecrow and His Servant by Philip Pullman 230pp, Doubleday, £10.99 Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp by Philip Pullman, illustrated by Sophy Williams 72pp, Scholastic, £14.99 Philip Pullman hasn't been twiddling his thumbs since His Dark Materials.

Nov 27 2004 | Read Full Review of The Scarecrow and His Servant

Publishers Weekly

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Oz isn't the only place where scarecrows make great traveling companions.

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Fantasy Literature

In this case, various bits of the scarecrow fall off through his travels only to be replaced with other bits of paraphernalia, until it is argued at the end of the book that he is no longer the scarecrow that started his journey, but a different entity altogether.

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