The Scarecrow and His Servant

Publisher: Random House

Struck by a sudden bolt of lightining, Scarecrow comes alive. A young boy called Jack hears the Scarecrow's call for help and, overcoming his initial shock, is persuaded to become his servant. The latest in a long line of literary masters and servants, Jack and Scarecrow are strongly reminiscent of Don Quixote and his servant Sancho Panza in Cervantes' timeless classic, as they too set off on a series of madcap adventures - some funny, others dangerous and exciting - often saved only by Jack's endless resourcefulness.

Set in Italy, this fairytale adventure is perfectly complemented by Peter Bailey’s atmospheric illustrations, which give life and shape to the characters and touchingly depict the story's climax.

This title was shortlisted for the 2005 Nestle Children's Book Prize (9-11 category).

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