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?
Click to the right or left of the sample to turn the page.
(If no book jacket appears in a few seconds, then we don't have an excerpt of this book or your browser is unable to display it)
'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.)
The information about The Scarecrow and His Servant shown above was first featured in "The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's online-magazine that keeps our members abreast of notable and high-profile books publishing in the coming weeks. In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. If you are the publisher or author of this book and feel that the reviews shown do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available, please send us a message with the mainstream media reviews that you would like to see added.
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 ...
Philip Pullman: As it looks: pull-man
Become a Member
and discover your next great read!
Win the book & DVD
Enter to win The World of Poldark and the full first series on DVD.
Solve this clue:
and be entered to win..
Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.
Your guide toexceptional books
BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.