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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Yearling; New Ed edition (3 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440863767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440863762
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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"The magic of this lies in his ability to transcend current fashions and tastes and tap into children's universal desire to understand the world they live in" (Irish Times)

"It is remarkable skill to make simplicity and even silliness embrace such complexity yet offer children so much wisdom. Somehow, it's not surprising that Pullman can do it" (The Sunday Times)

"The story ends as confidently as it begins, written for children with utmost respect for and delight in their intelligence, humour and imagination . . . Genius demands a continual purification and renewal of talent. Pullman has realised that and it's why he is great" (The Times)

"The book is a perfectly made gem, full of fun, fireworks and wit. We continue to be lucky to have Pullman writing for us" (Guardian)

"Pullman has conjured up something entirely his own: a tale of great charm and wit, told in an easy style which reads as though it all came right in the first draft. It's aimed at a lower age-level than the Dark Materials trilogy . . . older children would find themselves enjoying it too" (Independent on Sunday)

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A brilliantly funny and moving tale of friendship from the multi-award winning, highly acclaimed Philip Pullman.

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Format: Hardcover
This delightful book tells the story of a scarecrow brought to life when it is struck by lightning. He is a pompous, blustering fellow, yet likeably in his naivety. Wanting adventures and to see the world, he employs a young boy, Jack, to be his servant. The story is told in lots of short chapters, each a mini adventure, in which one of the scarecrow's body parts is either lost, broken or stolen ... and then replaced. This raises an interesting question (and plot-twist) when, by the end of the book, everything about him is different: is he still the same scarecrow or not?
As with all Philip Pullman's books, the writing is a delight. Not a wasted word. The subject matter is probably best suited to younger readers 7 - 10, or as a series of bedtime stories for 5 - 7 year-olds. Charmingly illustrated by Peter Bailey.
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By A Customer on 11 Dec. 2004
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I agree that Phillip Pullman has done it again with The Scarecrow and His Servant - it's a wonderfully told fairytale for all age-groups, and a story which warms and stays with you for a long time after it's been read. However, I would like to say how much I enjoyed and valued the illustrations by Peter Bailey and how much they enhance and complete the book - and actually MAKE it, for me. So often illustrations go unnoticed or are unappreciated, even in children's books (especially when the author is as popular and well-known as Phillip Pullman) but in my opinion the illustrations for this story make the book a gem.
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My daughters (aged 9) teacher got her interested in in Philip Pullman books and she absolutely loves them. She say it's "really good"
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Book title in kindle store needs amending as this is a script, not the book... Disappointing and annoying - needs attention from Amazon
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A lovely range of stories from this author suitable for KS2 children. Odd words may give them nightmares though if read at bedtime!
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Good read.
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Although many people would probably only read this book if they were aged 10 or under, it really could be enjoyed by anyone of any age. I found it hilarious and the story, although simple, had a wonderful logic to it that culminated in the great court scene! Jack and the Scarecrow were both very funny and individual characters and although there were many traditional elements to the story, it never seemed cliched or derivative. I would recommend it to anyone, along with most of what Philip Pullman has written. I also liked the illustrations in this book and they really do add to the story.
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By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2005
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I purchased this book for our daughter last Christmas and somehow we all ended up having a couple of chapters read outloud each night for the whole family to enjoy. I enjoyed reading this book so much and the family were gripped. It is written in a style that I would have enjoyed when I was a child and the relationship between the scarecrow and Jack is one of such loyalty and the adventures they have always sees them looking out for one another. It really is the nicest story that I have read to my children for many years. I first heard about the author through a French neighbour and what a great recommendation. I will definitely be reading more of his books.
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