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The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

The Whipping Boy (original 1986; edition 1986)

by Sid Fleischman, Peter Sis (Illustrator)

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Title:The Whipping Boy
Authors:Sid Fleischman
Other authors:Peter Sis (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic (1986), Edition: 2nd Printing, Paperback, 90 pages
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The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman (1986)


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This is a really fun story of the boy who gets whipped when the "brat" of a prince misbehaves. Fun ensues when the prince runs away from the castle for an adventure taking the whipping boy with him. He is only saved by the whipping boy's street savvy and learns a few lessons along the way. Recommended for ages 8-12, but fun for all! ;) ( )
  TerriS | Jun 2, 2017 |
The book the Whipping Boy is authored by Sid Fleischman. The story is centered around a young orphan named Jemmy who has been plucked from the streets to serve as a whipping boy to Prince Brat. Dreaming of running away Jemmy finds himself trapped in Prince Brat’s dream.

Although the story can be seen as comedic the themes that it contains are very serious. If I were to recommend this book I would recommend to people with students or kids in grades 3-7. I’d also call this a good choice for reluctant readers seeing how on the chapter book side of things its fairly short. Overall I really loved the story and it’s plot and I think it’s a great choice.

Classroom Ideas:
1. Compare and Contrast Jemmy and Prince Brat.
2. What would the kids do if they were Jemmy.
3. Ask kids questions about the plot. ( )
  tabithamarie | Apr 23, 2017 |
The Whipping Boy is about a prince known as Prince Brat and his whipping boy named Jemmy. Prince Brat misbehaves but because it is illegal to spank the heir to the throne, Jemmy takes the punishment for him. Jemmy is the son of a rat catcher who was living on the streets until he was taken to the castle to be the prince's whipping boy. They both run away from the castle and begin a funny journey.

This book is very funny! I would recommend this book for elementary and middle school students. This book deals with character versus character and character versus society. The Whipping Boy won the John Newbery Medal in 1987.

Classroom extension:
Character Comparison using a Venn Diagram
Prefix and Suffix lesson using vocabulary from the chapters
Figurative Language lesson-creating a book of drawings ( )
  joaplant | Apr 14, 2017 |
The whipping boy is a book about a little boy named Jemmy, he is the whipping boy to Prince Horace also called Prince brat because he often acted like a brat. Whenever Prince Brat would do something bad the whipping boy would get his whippings because it was against the law for the Prince to receive whippings. Prince Brat woke Jemmy up in the middle of the night and concocted a plan to run away. Soon after they ran away they ran into Hold-your- nose Billy and Cutwater who captured them and decided to hold them for ransom. Hold-your-Nose Billy wanted the prince to write a ransom note however Prince Brat was too busy being a brat he didn’t not learn how to write, Jemmy told the villains that he could write the letter for the Prince, this raised questions as too possible the two boys may be trying to full them, “of course a Prince knows how to write”. The roles soon reversed and the whipping boy was now the prince. Jemmy wrote the random letter to the King from the villains requesting a wagon load of gold with gems mixed in for the Prince back. Jemmy now the “Prince” convinced the villains to send the note with the whipping boy “Prince Brat” to the king, much to Jemmys surprise Prince Brat refused and the villains decided to send the Princes horse instead. The two boys escaped and had an encountered with a young girl who had a dancing bear and an old man with a kettle and a wagon full of potatoes, but the villains were hot on their trail and captured them again. Their journey took many up and down toles while meeting these different people. They learned to trust each other and work together to get the prince back to the caste. Once the boys were returned to the King he declared Jemmy under the protection of the Prince as long as the Price he did as he was told and did his lessons.
Personal Reflection:
I loved this book! I do not remember reading this book or hearing about it at all. I love that through all of the trials and tribulations that these two boys went through they still came to an understanding and help each other get through this difficult journey together regardless of the difference in society. I loved the characters they were very inventive and visual.
Classroom Extensions: This would be a terrific book to do a book report on. Not only a book report but creating a poster or to allow the teacher to visualize what the students saw while reading this book.
Classroom Extensions: Have the students write a paper on what happened next. This would help the students with creative thinking and creative writing skills. ( )
  ekelley05 | Apr 13, 2017 |
In this book the Prince Brat as the kingdom calls him has an attitude of arrogance and entitlement that changes into thinking about others and being a good friend. The prince decides to runaway and takes his whipping boy as a companion, but soon after is caught by two thieves that try to ransom the prince. In in effort to save himself the whipping boy tries to convince the would-be kidnappers that he is the prince and to let the actual prince, whom they think is the whipping boy, take the ransom note. The prince is not keen to what the whipping boy, Jemmy, is doing and does not play along; making it harder for Jemmy to get both of them out of the kidnappers shack. Then at a chance jump for the door the two are free, but have the kidnappers at their heels. Once out of sight of the kidnappers Jemmy tries to rid himself of the prince, but cannot and ends up feeling pity for him, and allows the prince to flee with him. As they try to outsmart and flee from the kidnappers Jemmy learns to trust the prince, and the prince learns what it means to be a friend. Finally the two boys make it safely back to the castle and the prince keeps his word to keep Jemmy safe, and Jemmy stays in the castle to be a friend to the prince.

Personal Reaction:
I think this book tells a great story of how we can learn to trust people, how friendship can change a person, and how working together can be better than working alone. I think this book could also classify as a folktale, since it has a moral of not being selfish to the tale. I also think the book can be exciting for students to read in class; the kidnappers, dancing bear, and the boys running and outsmarting the kidnappers will definitely keep their attention, as well as giving them talking points to discuss in class.

Classroom Extension:
1. I would use this book in my class as a reading choral book to enhance adn practice weekly vocabulary.
2. I would use this book in the above way and then have my students gather in groups to discuss certain topics such as being selfish, working together can be better than alone, dangers of running away from home, help the boys received and would they talk to strangers if they were the characters.
3. I would have a classroom discussion, as in our first video ffom last weeks literature circle, about the topics each group had to see their answers, and to let my students make their viewpoints with text support.
  JennDunham | Nov 24, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060521228, Paperback)

For kids to get their dose of action and thrills, they need not always go to the local multiplex for the latest bang 'em up film. They could try such books as The Whipping Boy, which relies not on exploding spaceships and demonic robots but mythic story, humorous characters and, ready or not, a moral. The plot involves the orphan Jemmy, who must take the whippings for the royal heir, Prince Brat. Jemmy plans to flee this arrangement until Prince Brat beats him to it, and takes Jemmy along. Jemmy then hears he's charged with the Prince's abduction as this Newbery Medal winning book turns toward a surprising close.

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A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws. Forced to serve as whipping boy to the arrogant and spiteful Prince Brat, Jemmy plans to run away, but on the night of his escape, he and the Prince have a climactic confrontation. Prince Brat decides to run away from home, taking his much abused whipping boy, Jemmy, with him, but their roles are reversed when the boys are captured by the villains Cut-Water and Hold-Your-Nose-Billy. John Newbery Award, 1987. This highly original tale, a sort of takeoff on the Prince and the Pauper, shows what happens when an obnoxious prince switches places with the boy who is punished for the prince's every misdeed, the whipping boy. A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws. 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? 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. Dreaming of running away, Jemmy finds himself trapped in Prince Brat's own dream, at once brash and perilous. In this briskly told tale of high adventure, taut with suspense and rich with colorful characters, the whipping boy and Prince Brat must at last confront each other. Award winning author Sid Fleischman again blends the broadly comic with the deeply compassionate in this memorable novel; splendid entertainment and a Newbery Medal winning book in 1987. Fleischman's earlier works, such as the 1966 Chancy and the Grand Rascal and By the Great Horn Spoon, are also sure treats, and happily still in print.… (more)

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