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The Whipping Boy Paperback – April 15, 2003
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Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Jemmy dreams of running away, but is surprised when the prince announces one night that both of them are running away. Before they know it, the outlaw Hold-Your-Nose Billy has kidnapped them. Can Jemmy keep them both alive and get them back to the castle? Or will the oblivious Prince Brat spoil his every plan?
I'd been intrigued by this book for some time, and finally had a chance to read it. The story is quite fun. While I saw the ultimate end coming, there were plenty of fun twists along the way that kept me engaged. And I truly came to care for the characters; I'd love to know what happens to them next.
Kids will love this tale of adventure set in a time long gone, and adults will enjoy sharing it with them. Get this book today for some good family reading time.
One thing that occurred to me in reading this story is the way that Anglo-American literature turns the traditional fairy tale of mistaken identity on it's head. The emblematic story of European tradition would be the Frog Prince, wherein the royal personage lies buried beneath a facade, but inevitably is discovered and accedes to his birthright.Read more ›
The Whipping Boy is about a spoiled prince named Horace. He is always getting in trouble and has become bored with his life. Horace decides to run away from the king and his castle. The prince runs away with his whipping boy by his side. Jemmy is an orphan boy who takes the prince's whippings when Horace gets in trouble. The book tells an exciting story of suspense and surprises. The two boys are kidnapped by outlaws as they make their way through the foggy forest that surrounds the castle. Their many adventure lead the boys to form an unlikely friendship as they attempt to escape the outlaws.
I really enjoyed the book. The descriptions of the adventures were so good. I felt like I was right there with the boys as they tried to make their way back home. I also liked how the prince's character changes throughout the story. You don't find out until the end whether the prince is a trustworthy friend.
The theme of the book is that people can and do change. The prince in the story is best known as "Prince Brat." But throughout the story, he chooses to do things that change who he is. It's through these experiences that he learns to appreciate how friends can help each other. I learned that having compassion for people around you sometimes will lead to great friendships.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The summary on the copyright page is a bit misleading. There is nothing inadvertent about the prince and his whipping boy switching places. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Anthony Manno
A great story about the injustices of the past, a whipping boy for a prince's mischievous deeds. The story has bits of wit, bravery, friendship, and trust. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great book! I love the lesson it teaches about friendship and how people from different backgrounds can be friends.Published 1 month ago by jellyfish123
Bought this book for my best friend (it was her favorite book as a child. She has reread it 5-10 times since she's had it!Published 2 months ago by Savannah Davis
This was read with my 4th grader and for him it was hard to understand the English references, words or terms. The meaning behind the story was a good one for kids. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C - Mama Likes To Read Book Blog