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The Scarecrow and His Servant

Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 5-7
4.5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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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?

©2005 Philip Pullman (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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Clever and entertaining

This story about a foolish but gallant gentleman and his loyal and resourceful servant will remind you of Don Quixote and other classics but is fresh and enjoyable. In addition to being an entertaining story, it is also satirical and can be enjoyed by a broad range of ages. If you like Philip Pullman's other stories in the fairy-tale genre (such as Clockwork and Count Karlstein), you will probably like this, which is just as clever but funnier.

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