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The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
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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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Okay, good look at learning empathy ( )
  njcur | Feb 22, 2014 |
A gripping tale. It is a fun read with a fast pace and satisfying end. The Characters are full and relatable. I really enjoyed this children's/YA story. ( )
  Nicnac63 | Dec 19, 2013 |
grades 4-9. can't hit prince so when prince is bad they take it out on the whipping boy. Adventure! Great book for students to learn about.
  CaseyKamps | Dec 9, 2013 |
"The whipping boy" is a story about a poor boy who's life changed when he became Prince Brats whipping boy. Every time the Prince was bad or mean the whipping boy got spanked because the Prince could not be whipped. The whipping boy one day gets tired of being whipped, so he decides to run away. However, when the whipping boy runs away Prince Brat follows him. The boys ends up getting captured by criminals. The boys ebbs up escaping abs are able to go back to the kingdom.

Personal views: I liked the book. I think that it teaches a good lesson on how people need to treat others nicely because you never know if you will have to depend on that person later.

Extensions:
1. Do research on why there were whipping boys in older times
2. Create a writing assignment that has children state what they would do if they tried to run away and the Prince followed.
  kk903148 | Nov 20, 2013 |
Summary: The Whipping Boy is the story of Jemmy who goes from living on the streets to living in the palace and serving as the whipping boy for Prince Brat. Back in those days it was illegal to whip royalty so they wound find a whipping boy to live in the palace and get spanked whenever Prince Brat misbehaved. Jemmy was unhappy with his life in the palace and constantly being spanked for someone else’s bad behavior so he planned to run away; however, he did not plan for Prince Brat to follow him. Once outside the palace walls the boys are kidnapped by criminals, become victims of mistaken identity, but finally begin to trust each other and work together to make it back to safety.

Personal Reaction: I liked the story for the most part, some of commentary seemed redundant but overall it was a decent children’s story. I think I liked the fact that Prince Brat had to rely on Jemmy the boy that took his whippings for him to keep him safe in an environment he had never experienced. I also like how two boys very completely opposite socioeconomic statuses and backgrounds managed to put aside their differences and work together to escape to safety.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Discuss running away (dangers and alternative options)
2. Do a creative writing assignment over Whether or not you would want to switch places with Prince Brat, why or why not.
  Morganxxbailey | Nov 17, 2013 |
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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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