THE SCARECROW AND HIS SERVANT by Philip Pullman

THE SCARECROW AND HIS SERVANT

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Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A pair of valiant adventurers outwits a lawyer and his corporate masters in this comic fairy tale. The Scarecrow has been stolen so often that, by the time it comes to life, it’s nowhere near its home in Spring Valley. Together with clever orphan Jack, whom he hires as a servant, the Scarecrow quests for his home. Along the way, he becomes an actor, a lover and a soldier. Each time, the Scarecrow’s foolishness is nearly their undoing until resourceful Jack saves the day. But unbeknownst to Jack and the Scarecrow, they’re being followed by a lawyer for the wicked Buffaloni family, which wants to turn the Scarecrow’s beautiful Spring Valley into a rat poison factory. Luckily, Jack’s cleverness and the Scarecrow’s kindness (for, though he exists to scare birds, he can’t bear to scare a baby bird or its parents) help them defeat the Buffalonis in a thoroughly amusing conclusion. Lightweight for Pullman, but witty, affectionate and fun. (Fantasy. 8-12)

Pub Date: Aug. 23rd, 2005
ISBN: 0-375-81531-7
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2005




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