Philip Pullman was born in 1946 in Norwich, Norfolk. He spent a lot of his childhood on board ships, as his father and stepfather were both in the Royal Air Force and his mother and brother seemed to be constantly following them around the world by sea.
Philip read English at Oxford University and for a long time he taught in schools before becoming a full-time writer. He is now one of our best storytellers. He has written many books for children and has won numerous awards for his work. The Firework-Maker’s Daughter was a Gold Medal Smarties prize-winner, Clockwork a Silver Medal Smarties prize-winner, and Northern Lights, the first volume in his trilogy, His Dark Materials, won the Carnegie Medal and was joint winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. His novel The Amber Spyglass was the first ever children’s book to win the overall Whitbread Award. The His Dark Materials trilogy has been made into an acclaimed production at the National Theatre and came in third place in the BBC’s search to find the nation’s favourite book, The Big Read.
Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, and is married with two sons and two grandchildren.
Note: This book was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal
The book in one sentence: A chivalrous Scarecrow and his intelligent child servant, Jack set out on a journey to fulfill Scarecrow’s thirst for adventure and to claim his “inner conviction.”
Who would you recommend it to: Children aged 10 and below.
Best bit: The courtroom chapters are quite funny!
Boring bit: The seemingly endless adventures the main characters are having.
The only review quote:
‘A perfectly made gem, full of fun, fireworks and wit’ — Guardian
Verdict: You’d enjoy this if you were reading it to a child.