The Scarecrows' Wedding

by Julia Donaldson, Illustrated By Axel Scheffler

Arthur A. Levine Books
August 2014

Ages 4 – 8 . Grades PreK – 3

Library of Congress: 2014005340

"Betty O'Barley and Harry O'Hay
Were scarecrows. (They scared lots of crows every day.)
Harry loved Betty, and Betty loved Harry,
So Harry said, 'Betty, my beauty, let's marry!
Let's have a wedding, the best wedding yet,
A wedding that no one will ever forget.'"

And so begin the plans for the best wedding the barnyard has ever seen! The scarecrow couple sets off for a hunt round the farm for everything they need for the festivities -- a big white dress, rings, wedding bells (or, at least, cow bells)... But when Harry's search for flowers takes him far, far away, villainous scarecrow rival Reginald Rake sees his chance to ruin this beautiful day... Hurry back, Harry!

A rollicking read-aloud adventure from the beloved team behind STICK MAN, SUPERWORM, and ROOM ON THE BROOM.
Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson served as the UK Children's Laureate from 2011 to 2013 and has written many bestselling and beloved picture books and novels for young readers. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband, Malcolm.
Axel Scheffler

Axel Scheffler's award-winning books include Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale, and The Gruffalo. His illustrations have been published in more than 30 countries. He lives in London, England.


  • Praise for THE HIGHWAY RAT

    "This well-paced, rollicking tale is a guaranteed storytime treat." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review

    "Donaldson and Scheffler deliver a lot of laughs.... A treat." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS


    "The team behind ROOM ON THE BROOM pair up again in what has become a near-annual ritual of picture book perfection.... Impeccable rhythm and rhyme distinguish this particular tale, filled, as always, with Donaldson's exemplary humor and heart." -- NEW YORK TIMES

    "Adults looking for a mellifluous read-aloud selection may also find this the cat's meow." -- BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS

    Praise for A GOLD STAR FOR ZOG

    "Donaldson... is a master of witty comic rhyme and original stories with heart...The book gets a gold star too." -- NEW YORK TIMES

    "A delightful new twist on happily-ever-after." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

    Praise for STICK MAN

    "Donaldson's rhymes never skip a beat, and Scheffler personalizes the many animals, people and settings in his witty watercolors. This yarn could become a December perennial." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

    "Scheffler's engaging illustrations, Donaldson's irresistible rhyming text and repeated refrains make this a winning read-aloud that will stick around long after the holiday season." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review



Jacketed Hardcover

ISBN: 9780545726061

32pp. | 11 x 9-27/32