The Little Scarecrow Boy is the lightest and brightest picture book from one of the most renowned children's writers ever: Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Caldecott winner David Diaz's illustrations burst with sunshine, and Brown's words reveal the quiet glory of a boy on the brink of growing up, full of curiosity and life.
Ages 3 – 7
David Diaz appropriately lightens his palette for this tale, told with compressed poetry by Brown, of a scarecrow boy who wants more than anything to fill his father's fearsome footsteps. Despite his father's entreaties of "NO / No, little boy. / You can't go. / You're not fierce enough / to scare a crow. / Wait till you grow," the scarecrow boy sneaks into the fields early one morning to try out the scary faces he's been learning from his father. The "first fierce face" doesn't do a thing to the crow, neither does the second, nor the third...but the sixth and final scary face? "Whoa! The old crow flew backwards through the air, feathers flying everywhere..." Of course, the fact that Dad has followed the little scarecrow into the field may just have had something to with his success. This is a clear, strong hymn to toddler independence and parental security, buoyed by big and sunny illustrations in brightly autumnal colors. What a day to be a boy.