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Times Online - Books

Amanda Craig, reviewing both Pullman's The Scarecorw And The Servant and Allan Ahlberg's The Boy, The Wolf, The Sheep And The Lettuce, finds that Ahlberg cannot match the genius of Pullman:

[Ahlberg's] latest foray, building a plot of sorts around the riddle about how a boy ferries a sheep, a wolf and a lettuce across in a boat made only for two is arch, muddled and self-indulgent. Genius demands a continual purification and renewal of talent. Pullman has realised that, and it?s why he is great.

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