The Scarecrow and his Servant
A scarecrow and a small boy fall headlong into adventure – and learn some important lessons about life – in this wise and witty masterpiece from Philip Pullman’s luminous pen. One night, lightning strikes a field and brings a scarecrow to life. Kind-hearted but pompous and ambitious, he decides to see the world, and hires a little boy to be his servant. On their journey, each chapter of the book marks another episode of their adventures. The scarecrow can be scatterbrained and silly, and his decisions sometimes lead them into danger. But aided by his loyal servant’s common sense, will he work out what he is looking for – and find it in the end? A gentle, charming tale of self-discovery, friendship and adventure.
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Philip Pullman is probably the world’s most acclaimed living children’s author, best known for the trilogy of books known as His Dark Materials.
Philip won the Nestle Smarties award for both Clockwork and The Firework Maker’s Daughter. Northern Lights was published in hardback in July 1995. That year, it won the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and was Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.
The Amber Spyglass won WHSmith Children’s Book of the Year 2000 at the British Book Awards, was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal and was longlisted for The Booker Prize 2001. Philip Pullman was voted Whitaker Author of the Year by the Booksellers Association. The Amber Spyglass went on to win both Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year and Whitbread Book of the Year 2001 and in doing so became the first children’s book to win the main prize in the award’s history.
Philip has also been recognised with two major awards for his contribution to literature: the Eleanor Farjeon award in 2002, and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize in 2005.
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