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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:
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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.”


  • 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 by ♥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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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