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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'The book is a perfectly made gem, full of fun, fireworks, and
wit. We continue to be lucky to have Philip Pullman writing for us.'1;The
'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.)
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Philip Pullman was born in Norwich on October 19, 1946 to Audrey and Alfred Pullman. The early part of his childhood was spent traveling from base to base as his father, and later stepfather, were part of the Royal Air Force (RAF). At age seven, following the death of his father, Philip and his younger brother Francis moved back to Britain to live with their grandfather in Norfolk, an Anglican clergyman. Their mother moved to London to find work.
When Pullman was eight, a stepfather - another RAF pilot - entered the Pullman family and once again the family moved from base to base. For a time, they settled in Australia. In Australia, he first discovered the wonders of comic books, a force that would later influence both his writing and illustrating of future stories. The family moved ...
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