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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (831 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Pullman Narrator: Graeme Malcolm Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9780307280756
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pullman’s clever employment of fairy-tale conventions, his superb use of language, and his engaging dialogue make it a wholly satisfying yarn of ridiculous proportions.”

    School Library Journal

  • 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.)
  • “Pullman seems equally at home whether creating high fantasy, Victorian mysteries, or old-fashioned stories in the fairy-tale fashion. Here he excels in the latter mode, creating unique characters to charm young readers.”

    Booklist

  • Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Literature in 2004

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ♥rAcHeL♥ | 2/18/2014

    " THis is the only book from the YRCA (young readers choice award) that i haven't read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maciek | 2/15/2014

    " This is a delightful little story, for children and adults alike. A scarecrow is struck by lightning, and comes to life; he recruits a young lad named Jack as his personal servant, and having nothing better to do the two embark on a grand adventure, complete with an army episode, entrangement on a solitary isle, and even a love affair. All complete with fun illustrations, bringing the story to life and pointing out its dramatic and hilarious moments just on time. Obviously inspired by Cervantes, this short tale should satisfy people of all ages, irregardless if they've just learned to read, or have been reading all their lives. Please do yourself a favor, sit in your favorite chair, take a cup of tea with you and enjoy this little gem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Haner | 2/10/2014

    " I really felt for the Scarecrow's boy. I really liked this book, much more than I thought, again, probably more apt for a 12 year old, but I've never let that stop me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 H | 1/19/2014

    " Perhaps a little long, but quite charming. Good for kids who like humor and fantasy, and a good recommendation for kids who have liked books like "The Whipping Boy" or even "The BFG." Would make a good 4th grade read aloud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 1/17/2014

    " Very simple story from the genius of Pullman. Good read for my seven-year-old daughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hana | 1/6/2014

    " this is a really cute book. i read it in 5th grade and i loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mylksnake Wilson | 1/3/2014

    " I might appreciate the story more if I read the book or if I was 8. I stopped listening to the CD because it was too slow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malinda | 12/27/2013

    " Really cute story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Myles | 10/27/2013

    " I liked it because the scarecrow didn't know much, he had a very small brain and it fell out! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Flowersuccess | 10/20/2013

    " This book is alot like "Worzel Gummidge" but the scarcrow is considerebly more charming, READ IT! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 10/3/2013

    " Cute but silly and definitely not up to his other works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nid Ranganathan | 3/14/2013

    " reinvention of don quixote in a delightful manner..wonderful cute story..loved the adventures.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 joanne | 2/19/2013

    " The best possible book about a scarecrow nothing can be better! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlotte | 1/7/2013

    " I read 20 pages. Then I got bored... shame really. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roos | 10/29/2012

    " Mr.Pullman selalu mempunyai ide-ide cemerlang untuk cerita yang tidak biasa. Baca dalam semalam. Review menyusul. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Relyn | 9/25/2012

    " I tried. I really did. This was just another of Pullman's books that really do nothing for me. Remember, though, Clockwork is astounding! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bcoghill Coghill | 4/5/2012

    " A good old "fairy tales" ala the everyman, Jack and a magical scarecrow. Took me back to my days of reading the multicolored Lang books and the Oz books. Good times many decades past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonsoles | 12/20/2011

    " I had read Philip Pullman's "Northern Lights" saga and liked it a lot, and when I saw this childrens book at the library, I could not help to take it... I liked it a lot, Pullman is so halerious! This story in particular is so imaginative and lovely to read to children! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayu Palar | 6/7/2011

    " Phillip Pullman took elements from classic fairy tales and blend them with his own style. The result is a story about friendship that is fun and meaningful at the same time. My favourite moment is when the scarecrow lets Jack, his hungry servant, eat a part of his head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Breanna | 6/4/2011

    " I didn't know what to expect when we first started listening to it, but once we got into it, I really enjoyed it. It was a delightful tale with a very smart servant and a brainless, mobile scarecrow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 4/25/2011

    " Philip Pullman selalu punya sentuhan khusus. Mungkin pembaca jadi teringat Puss in Boots tapi dalam cerita ini, si kecil Jack, manusialah yang menjadi pelayan "seorang" manusia jerami. Kisah tentang keteguhan hati, kesetiaan, dan petualangan yang menghibur! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/25/2011

    " Well what can I say, I am a fan. I would probably rate anything written by Pullman highly. A fun fable, with some great moral teachings. I can't wait to read it to my children one day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Marie | 2/14/2011

    " I loved it. A lot of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Myles | 2/14/2011

    " I liked it because the scarecrow didn't know much, he had a very small brain and it fell out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 H | 1/20/2011

    " Perhaps a little long, but quite charming. Good for kids who like humor and fantasy, and a good recommendation for kids who have liked books like "The Whipping Boy" or even "The BFG." Would make a good 4th grade read aloud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bcoghill | 1/7/2011

    " A good old "fairy tales" ala the everyman, Jack and a magical scarecrow. Took me back to my days of reading the multicolored Lang books and the Oz books. Good times many decades past. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mylksnake | 10/10/2010

    " I might appreciate the story more if I read the book or if I was 8. I stopped listening to the CD because it was too slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 9/13/2010

    " I really like this book because it was really interesting and adventurous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 7/28/2010

    " The scarecrow comes to life one day and wanders from one adventure to the next. He is joined in his travels by an orphaned boy named Jack. It is through Jack's help that the scarecrow survived and inherits Spring Valley. For 5-6
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 7/26/2010

    " Fun adventure story about a scarecrow who recruits a boy to be his "servant." Nothing at all like His Dark Materials. Excellent audiobook read by my favorite British narrator. :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 7/22/2010

    " Very simple story from the genius of Pullman. Good read for my seven-year-old daughter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenny | 7/6/2010

    " If this book was published, I could write a book. I finished it hoping it would get better. A scarecrow is alive and hires a boy to be his servant. They go on adventures and work though problems. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffiny | 6/16/2010

    " This was a weird story and I'm not sure what the underlying message was. But Ryan liked it so what do I know. = ) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsty (overflowing library) | 6/13/2010

    " didn't enjoy as much as I usually do Pullman - possibly a bit too young "

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About the Author
Author Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman is the Whitbread Award–winning author of the bestselling His Dark Materials series (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass), as well as the Sally Lockhart trio of Victorian mysteries and other books for young readers. Among his other awards, Pullman won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in honor of the body of his work. He lives in Oxford, England.

About the Narrator

Graeme Malcolm has performed on Broadway as Pharaoh in Aida and as Sir Edward Ramsay in The King and I. His television credits include Law & Order, Against the Law, Criminal Intent, and Guiding Light. He has narrated hundreds of audiobooks.