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Worzel Gummidge [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Euphan Todd , Tony Ross
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Susan and John are having a very dull holiday in the country until they meet Worzel. They are amazed by the walking, talking bundle of clothes and straw. He's half scarecrow and half human but best of all, he's a wizard! Susan and John soon grow to love Worzel and share all sorts of magical adventures with their unusual friend.

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Book Description

Fun and magical story

About the Author

Barbara Euphan Todd was born in Yorkshire and began to write - or rather to make up verse - when she was only eight years old. Some years later Worzel Gummidge made his first appearance and quickly became a firm favourite. Barbara Euphan Todd died in 1976.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1099 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G6IC62A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,727 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Worzel 14 April 2003
Worzel Gummidge, the talking walking scarecrow,livens up two children's monotonous summer holiday with their Aunt Emily. As they sink into the most amazing adventures they see much more of Scatterbrook village than they had originally expected.
A great novel for children, filled with humorous jokes and amusing characters. I, an eight year old girl could not put this book down.
I think Barbara Euphan Todd has an amazing imagination and this has been shown in her book, Worzel Gummidge.I have enjoyed this book in many ways and hope you find this review helpful.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Nigel Collier VINE VOICE
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I bought this for my 5 year old daughter, remembering how much I loved having this read when I was at junior school (I was 8 then).
The book is like the TV show in that it has a unnerving, uncomfortable and slightly sinister undercurrent; the scarecrows are unable to reason, unpredictable and prone to moods and violence. There's no cosy friendship between the two children and Worzel, it's more of an antagonistic relationship from the scarecrow's viewpoint with the bored children just happy to have this secret world of the bogles of which grown-ups are ignorant. You feel however that the kids are not entirely safe in Worzel's company - he's essentially a powerfully built adult with a child's reasoning and a volatile temper. This secret world of the Bogles struck me as more Wicker Man than Stig of the Dump.
It's unlike the TV show in that it's not really a series of standalone episodes, with little adventures being developed and resolved each chapter - usually with some degree of interaction with the general public with humorous consequences. It's more of a serial, and really nothing much happens outside the the world of the scarecrows - there really isn't much conflict, crossover or interaction between the grown-up and scarecrow worlds.
It's still an enjoyable read - sharing themes with Stig and Indian in my Cupboard, and I doubt children would necessarily sense the undertones I've described. But it's not thrill a minute and not cosy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Worzel 15 July 2013
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And Scatterbrook Farm. Earthy Mangold, Aunt Sally. Euphan Todd certainly knew how to get this five-year-old's attention.
And the BBC knew how to present the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 9 Mar. 2014
By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I read the ten Worzel Gummidge books when I was a child and absolutely loved them. Worzel is a scarecrow with a set of interchangeable heads who is able to talk and do things and who is extremely self-centred and childish in his behaviour - which, of course, makes children relate to him. Worzel is in love with a fairground doll called Aunt Sally and is usually trying to impress her. John and Susan are two children who discover his amazing abilities and who are drawn into his troublesome world.
The books were written in the 1930s by Barbara Euphan Todd and show her dry sense of humour. My 11 year old granddaughter was not greatly impressed by the books, so I think they must be best for children of around eight or so.
Some people have commented that the books are not altogether like the tv series, and I suppose this comment is understandable since most children nowadays are only acquainted with the stories through the television. However, reading the original stories is better, in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back 3 April 2014
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Bought this as part of my Grandson's Christening present as his Mum wanted people to buy him a book that they liked as a child themselves. My teacher use to read Worzel Gummidge to the class when I was 8 - I'm 58 now! Hope Luke enjoys it too.
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