The Whipping Boy
A shout comes echoing up the stairway "Fetch the whipping boy!"
A young orphan named Jemmy rouses from his sleep. "Ain't I already been whipped twice today? Gaw! What's the prince done now? It was forbidden to spank, thrash, or whack the heir to the throne. Jemmy had been plucked from the streets to serve as whipping boy to the arrogant and spiteful Prince Brat.
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For grades 3-7
Jemmy is Prince Brat's whipping boy, taking any punishment due to the prince, until the prince decides to run away, taking Jemmy with him and leading them into a series of adventures with notorious outlaws.
This tale is told with plenty of humor and adventure, in an entertaining style that suits the content. Prince Brat and Jemmy begin the story as contrasting characters, but develop a believable affinity as they run from castle, outlaws ...more
At least they do when the prince is known throughout the kingdom as Prince Brat. And Jemmy, an orphan plucked from the streets to be His Highness’s whipping boy, knows which he prefers. If he had a choice, he’d exchange his silk and velvet for rags and be back in the sewers in a half-blink of an eye.
But he doesn’t have a choice. ...more
Jemmy is the prince's whipping boy, a job that means he gets punished any time the prince misbehaves. Tired of the injustice, he decides to run away. Before he can, the prince decides to run away instead, dragging Jemmy along for the ride. Soon, they are kidnapped by two highwaymen who mistake Jemmy for the prince. Now, with their roles reversed, it's Jemmy that controls whether or not the prince will get whipped. Will he help the young prince to return home? Or use the opportunity to g ...more
I picked this from the library with the intent of reading it for my own information. But somehow I am reading it aloud to my kids. They (especially J) are really loving it. I love that J is old enough to pick up on comp ...more
I didn't expect the book to match the movie exactly, because most book-to-movie conversions don't; and indeed it did not match exactly, but it was still full of the phrases and lessons that I'd enjoyed in the film. Some of the characters were a little different, and there we ...more
The story is lively enough. The language simple, sometimes engaging, but often ...more
Where do you find a good friend? In a castle? In the sewers? Both? In this short story, Prince Brat (aptly named) doesn't realize his behaviour alienates him from that which he really seeks...a friend. His whipping boy, Jemmy, turns out to be just what he was looking for.
I definitely recommend this book.
While I think the book is definitely appropriate for a grade 3/4 class (probably grades 3-6), I don't think the Middle Ages tie-in is as accurate as I was led to believe. The book makes mention of Lords' whi ...more
Seorang anak ditakdirkan menjadi penerima hukuman bagi seorang pangeran cilik yang begitu bandel. Ia biasanya berasal dari kalangan bawah dan ditarik ke istana karena diiming-imingi hidup yang layak. Jika sang pangeran nakal, tidak patuh, tidak hormat, maka si anak deraan inilah yang harus menerima hukumannya. Di hadapan sang raja, sang pangeran yang bandel mendapatkan hukuman melalui si anak deraan, biasanya berbentuk cambuk. Alasannya sud ...more
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman was a great read! It provided a great mix of action and storyline that middle school to junior high school boys will love. Jemmy, once a very poor orphan, is taken by "Prince Brat" to become his whipping boy. Jemmy's life immediately took a wild turn. His new job was to take the whipping's owed to Prince Brat. Because prince's were not allowed to be whipped in those days, every prince had their own whipping boy. The Prince is always getting in tro ...more
Interesting tidbit that there was such a thing as a "whipping boy", someone taking the whipping for someone else. In this book, Jemmy is the whipping boy for the royal heir, Prince Horace (aka Prince Brat). So if the Prince acts up, which he often does, Jemmy gets the punishment ...boy, that'll teach the prince! (being sarcastic here). Anyway, during the runaway adventure the boys learn about friendship and other things. Like, although Prince Brat can be a dunce, he ends up having a tough s ...more
"And I'm the Grand Turnip of China!" cutwater snickered.
"Dim-witted villains!" shouted the Prince. "I command you to turn us loose.”