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.
Short- Jemmy said that in a letter about the cutthroats.(less)
I knew nothing of this story, but I was pleasantly surprised how this middle grade classic unfolded. A whipping boy is the boy who is whipped instead of a prince since a prince cannot be whipped by law. The prince gets in trouble and some unlucky boy has to take his punishment. It sounds horrible. But this boy learns to read and write whil ...more
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
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
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
Content--one mention of Hell (as a place); a few uses of ...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
Children's Bad Words
Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 2 Incidents: Blast him, what the blazes
Name Calling - 21 Incidents: Your Royal Awfulness, rascal, Grand Turnip of China, dim-witted, royal tadpole, numskulls, Catchpenny rogues, curs, cloven-footed blockheads, donkeys, greedy little snipe, nitwits, dunce, bl ...more
This is the story of Jemmy, a whipping boy, and Prince Brat (Horace), a prince ..., and the adventures [trouble] they find themselves in when they run away from the cast ...more
The story is lively enough. The language simple, sometimes engaging, but often ...more
The Whipping Boy is a slim historical fiction novel that won the Newbery Medal back in 1987. It’s the story of Prince Horace, also called Prince Brat, who often misbehaves on purpose in order to see his whipping boy, Jemmy, get punished. When the prince runs away and Jemmy follows, they fall in with some criminals and must switch places in order to outsmart them and make their escape.
Of all the relationships presented in children’s books, thi ...more
This novel is only ...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
"And I'm the Grand Turnip of China!" cutwater snickered.
"Dim-witted villains!" shouted the Prince. "I command you to turn us loose.”