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Worzel Gummidge (original 1936; edition 1963)

by Barbara Euphan Todd

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Title:Worzel Gummidge
Authors:Barbara Euphan Todd
Info:Puffin Books (1963), Paperback
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Worzel Gummidge by Barbara Euphan Todd (1936)

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First of a series of stories about scarecrows who come alive at night. As a child I found it a little grim -- one scarecrow is afflicted with rats which rather like cancer for a human. It also discusses the fact that the guys burned at Guy Fawkes Day were also alive, though they did not feel ,pain. ( )
  antiquary | Mar 17, 2014 |
This is a rather peculiar children's book. It is the tale of John and Susan, sent away to the country village of Scatterbrook to recover from whooping cough. While they are forbidden to play with other children, they happen to meet a walking, talking, petulant, and somewhat unpleasant scarecrow, the titular character. They proceed to have a number of adventures with him, involving various village hi-jinks.

All I knew coming to this book was that it was meant to be a children's classic, and that Jon Pertwee had played the scarecrow in the television adaptation. It was an odd book to read to my children, as I couldn't quite tell where my sympathies should lie, or why John and Susan liked Gummidge so much. Which is odd, because normally these are exactly the sorts of books that I just "get". Two stars. ( )
  Bill_Bibliomane | Aug 1, 2013 |
Worzel gummidge is about a scarecrow named worzel gummidge. A young girl and boy were walking when it started raining so the boy ran and grabbed the scarecrows umbrella. The girl thought that the scarecrow was alive But the boy didn't. The very next morning the little girl wakes up and sees a scarecrow setting in her livingroom. She thought it was just her imagination but then th scare crow started talking. The scarecrow had introduced himself and the boy and girl were protecting him from getting replace. The boy and girl really got to know gummidge and saved him from getting burned in the end of the book.
I really enjoyed this book and i liked the setup. I think that the author did a great job in making the book. This book was made in 2002 based on a fiction story. the author first got the ideas for this story from her little boy and girl jackson and sam. The boy and girl came home one afternoon crying that a scarecrow had talked to them. They had said the scarecrows name was mr. gummy. And they said he had worts so the mom that night was wrighting a book and she had no ideas then the name gummy and wors came in to mind. She thpught about wortsel and gummidge and had her title then she made a fiction book from her childrens ideas.
  arin3371 | May 5, 2011 |
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Barbara Euphan Toddprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alldridge, ElizabethIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Probably if it had not been for whooping cough, John and Susan would never have seen the scarecrow who stood in the middle of Ten-acre field.
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