By Owen Quinn
In THE SNOWMAN AND THE SCARECROW – the closest the author will ever come to writing a ‘family’ story – young Joe’s grandfather collapses as they’re building their traditional Christmas snowman. (Always a festive downer when that happens.)With Wilf in hospital, and as a way of coping, the boy searches for the now inexplicably missing ‘Mr Wonky’; it’s a small town, how far could he have gone? Before long, Joe runs into an out-of-town drifter who promises to help … but does the old vagrant have ulterior motives?