Or The Scarecrow of Scatterbrook
The first edition published in Puffin Books: 1941
This is the first of Barbara Todd’s famous charming stories about Worzel Gummidge, the scarecrow who has three birthdays; one for his turnip head, one for his blue-shirted middle, and one for his straw feet. He also has a heart of gold, a wry sense of humour, and a nest of robins in his pocket.
John and Susan meet him on Scatterbrook Farm, where they are recovering from whooping cough, and once he has condescended to talk to them and take them on his wanderings round the neighbourhood, they never have a dull moment, although they have plenty of troublesome ones.
This funny, happy book, which was the first Puffin ever published, is also the best way of making children and grown-ups look at country things with interest and enthusiasm. For anyone over eight.
Worzel Gummidge - Barbara Euphan Todd
First published by Burns, Oates & Washbourne 1936
Published in Puffin Books 1941