The Scarecrow and His Servant

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The Scarecrow and His Servant

By Philip Pullman; Peter Bailey (Illustrator)

Yearling Books, Paperback, 9780440421306, 229pp.

Publication Date: May 8, 2007

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?

From the Hardcover edition.

About 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 or the author s Web site at Mr. Pullman lives in Oxford, England. From the Hardcover edition."

Praise For The Scarecrow and His Servant

“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.”–The Guardian (U.K.)
“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.)