The scarecrow wants a brain from the "Wizard of Oz." Baum came up with the idea of the scarecrow when he was making a scarecrow for his store, Baum's Bazaar. In the book the scarecrow is clumsy and well dumb until the "wizard" gives him confidence that he has a brain. In the book the scarecrow HATES fire. In the book the scarecrow says he was made by magical paint, unfourtionitly the farmer that created him was definitely not an artist.