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One night there was a thunderstorm. A tattered scarecrow stood in the
wind and rain, taking no notice... until a bolt of lightning struck his
turnip head. The scarecrow blinked with surprise and came to life.
So begins the story of the Scarecrow, a courteous bur pea-brained fellow with grand ideas. He meets a boy, Jack, who becomes his faithful servant. Leaving behind his usual bird-scaring duties, the Scarecrow sets out for Spring Valley, with Jack at his side. Along the way there's no end of excitement, not least avoiding the many members of the crooked Buffaloni family. As the valiant Scarecrow plunges them into terrifying dangers - battle and shipwreck, brigands and tricksters - it's up to Jack time after time to save the day.
A dramatic tale full of twists and turns, surprises and silliness - just as one would expect from one of the most consummate storytellers writing today.