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The whipping boy, by Sid Fleischman ; illustrations by Peter Sis

Label
The whipping boy
Title
The whipping boy
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by Sid Fleischman ; illustrations by Peter Sis
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • Nene Award (Hawaii), 1992.
  • Newbery Medal, 1987.
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 1987
Review
  • Gr 5-7 Roles are changed when young Prince Brat, as everyone calls him (he is so altogether rotten that "Not even black cats would cross his path"), runs away with Jemmy, his whipping boy (the commoner who takes the Prince's punishments). Because Brat has never learned to write and Jemmy can, a couple of prince-nappers decide that Jemmy is the real prince. Chiefly through Jemmy's cleverness, the two escape and return to court. Brat has learned much and changed for the better during his adventures. He winds up calling Jemmy "friend," and he is certain to be a better prince hereafter. This whimsical, readable story delights in the manner of Bill Brittain's books The Wish Giver (1983) and The Devil's Donkey (1981, both Harper). Full-page black-and-white illustrations somewhat grotesque but always complementary add attractiveness to the story. The mistaken identity plot is always a good one: children, even fairly old ones, like disguises and this kind of mix-up. Supplementary characters are well-drawn both by Fleischman and by Sis, so the whole hangs together in basic appeal. Readers could well move from The Whipping Boy to its much longer cousin, Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper. George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield
  • With his flair for persuading readers to believe in the ridiculous, Fleischman scores a hit with his new creation. Sis's skillful pictures emphasize particular events in the adventures of the orphan Jemmy, kept in his king's palace to be thrashed for the offenses by the royal heir, known as Prince Brat. It is forbidden to punish Brat, whose tricks multiply until Jemmy is tempted to escape the daily round of flogging. But the prince himself takes off and forces the whipping boy to go with him. As they get into and out of trouble on the outside, Jemmy hears that he has been accused of abducting Brat. When the prince arranges for their return to the palace, poor Jemmy fears the worst, but things turn out for the best at the story's satisfying close. Colorful types like thieves called Hold-Your-Nose Billy, Betsy and her dancing bear Petunia, et al., increase the fun. (711
  • A rollicking tale of adventure and mistaken identity, written in a style reminiscent of 19th-century melodrama. Prince Brat deserves his name--he causes trouble at every possible opportunity. Luckily for him it's forbidden to strike a prince, so the palace keeps a whipping boy as his surrogate. Jemmy, plucked from the sewers to become the royal whipping boy, dreams of returning to his life as a rat-catcher. One night the prince decides to run away and orders Jemmy to join him. The two boys embark on a comical series of misadventures that include two murderous highwaymen, a dancing bear, and a journey through the rat-infested sewers beneath the city. In the process, of course, the prince and his whipping boy become fast friends. Short chapters and a rapid pace make this slight tale easy to read, despite an occasionally complex style. Language is well-chosen and the robust scenes and characters are vividly, if sketchily, evoked. Pen-and-ink illustrations capture the droll humor of the text. Thin at times, this comic adventure story does offer readers a nice change of pace. (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 1986)
Awards note
Newbery Medal, 1987.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
089691
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1920-2010
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fleischman, Sid
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
  • MG
  • Grades 5-8
LC call number
PZ7.F5992
LC item number
Wh 1986
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 7
Reading level
  • 3.9
  • 3.9.
  • 3.9
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Sís, Peter
  • Juvenile Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Greenwillow Books
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Accelerated Reader AR-ATOS
  • Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Outlaws
  • Robbers and outlaws
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Thieves
  • Adventure fiction
  • Adventure stories
  • Newbery Medal
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The whipping boy, by Sid Fleischman ; illustrations by Peter Sis
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
129557
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
90 pages
Isbn
9780688062163
Lccn
85017555
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780688062163
  • (OCoLC)12421157
Label
The whipping boy, by Sid Fleischman ; illustrations by Peter Sis
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
129557
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
90 pages
Isbn
9780688062163
Lccn
85017555
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780688062163
  • (OCoLC)12421157

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