Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2017
CD ISBN 9781781980927 $22.98 Three CDs
DD ISBN 9781781980934 $15.00
Narrator Jessica Martin winningly delivers the third in a classic series about a scarecrow who comes to life. The warmly portrayed brother and sister--Susan and John--befriend Worzel Gummidge, who lives on Scatterbrook Farm. Listeners will be charmed by Worzel's voice, which is whiny or friendly, depending on his mood. When he misbehaves, he becomes a traditional scarecrow and makes the kids take the blame. Martin is natural storyteller as she amusingly recounts Worzel's opening of an event, dressed up in an upper-class woman's clothing, which he "borrowed" from her. His snooty voice mimicking her is hilarious and makes a subtle statement about social class. These timeless stories are exceptional, and the conversations between the kids are realistic and worthwhile. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2018]
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