The Scarecrows' Wedding by Julia Donaldson
Published by Scholastic UK
From the creators of 'The Gruffalo', 'Stick Man' and 'Room on the Broom' is another wonderfully whimsical adventure with stacks of fun, it's 'The Scarecrows' Wedding' by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Betty O'Barley and Harry O'Hay are scarecrows, and they are in love.
So, the wedding they are planning will go beyond and above.
Around the farmyard they search for the things they'll need on the big day,
With the help of white geese and a spider, a beautiful feather dress will be made.
''Ring-a-ding-ding!'' The cows will attend and tinkle their bells,
A crab will bring the necklace of shells.
A couple of mice pull from an old curtain two rings,
And a bee shows the couple where to find the flowers all pink.
But in need of a vase (or a jug, cup or tin) to keep the flowers cool,
A lumpy old toad leads Harry to a far away pool.
Along the way he meets an awfully slow snail,
Who takes Harry off course and then to no avail...
Betty and the farmer notice that Harry's not there,
And a new scarecrow, Reginald Rake, is created to form the new pair.
Whilst Reginald Rake tries to take Harry's place,
In fact he's totally foolish and stuck up, and makes one huge mistake.
He starts a fire and leaves poor Betty in strife,
Until suddenly Harry appears and saves her life.
With a happily ever after the scarecrows marry. It was the best wedding yet,
''The wedding that no one will ever forget.''
Julia Donaldson delightfully tells the scarecrows' story in rhyme, that is exuberant, dramatic, joyous and funny. Her illustrator partner, Axel Scheffler, equally captures the vivacity, ebullience and expression with his charming watercolour and pencil images.
'The Scarecrows' Wedding' is wickedly cheeky, but also a gorgeous tale of loyalty and love. It includes language and pictures that are contagiously engaging that will have its young readers wanting to re-live the fun over and over again.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Title: The Scarecrows' Wedding
Publisher: Scholastic UK
Published: September 2014