The Scarecrow and His Servant, Philip Pullman
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The Scarecrow and His Servant

Narrator: Graeme Malcolm

Unabridged: 3 hr 51 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Published: 09/13/2005


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?

From the Hardcover edition.


AudiobooksNow review by Lisa the Librarian on 2007-10-02 13:51:45

A scarecrow come-to-life and an orphan boy travel around having adventures on the stage, on the battlefield, and in the courtroom. Sort of a Don Quixote re-write with a foolish, delusional, but rather charming, character (the scarecrow) and his practical, intelligent servant. The lady love is a broom the scarecrow met in a barn. Fun, but not much more of a point. How it all comes back to Spring Valley with the lawyer following most chapters doesn't jell together for me. How does it move from not believing a scarecrow can be alive, as with the actors, then a whole courtroom being perfectly okay with not only a living scarecrow, but with a talking old black she-raven? Pullman seems to keep changing the rules for this world as he goes along. While, most of the book seems set in a 18th or early 19th-ish century, the mobsters at the end are in dark suits with dark glasses. Perhaps it is supposed to be humorous, but I found the inconsistency of the fantasy world jarring. Which is not to say there isn't fun and humor to be found. Pullman is recognized as a strong voice of children's literature, so if you read a great deal of that literature, this is worth a read just because it is him. However, if you limit yourself to only the best books, this one doesn't quite make it.