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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
Tags:Box 19 D

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The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman (1986)


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In The Whipping Boy, Jemmy is the one who is punished when the Prince misbehaves, since a prince cannot be beaten for misbehaving. When Jemmy and the Prince first meet, they dislike one another, but after they are both kidnapped, they have to work together to get home.

I really liked this one. The language was reminiscent of the era, but easy to read for children. The way the two main characters play off of one another is sometimes pretty funny. The dialogue is enthralling.

This would be a great book for a physical activity, in which children are paired or grouped and have to depend on one another to complete tasks in a competition (ex: being bound back to back or using both of their bodies to move objects. Or, since this book is just long enough, it would be perfect for studies in story elements: plot, climax, problem, solution, setting...
  CallieHennessee | Jul 22, 2015 |
Summary: The Whipping Boy is a story about a prince, Prince Brat, who has a boy that takes all of his whippings and whacks for him, named Jemmy. One night, he decides to run away, and the book follows their adventure as they are chased by criminals, make friends with a girl and her dancing bear, and return to the castle.

Personal Reaction: I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It was funny, and had a very nice ending, where everyone was happy. I really think this would be an enjoyable book for kids, I can see why it was the Newbery Medal.

Classroom Extensions:
1: Have kids write their own story of what they would do if they ran away! Add pictures if they want to help tell the story.
  yelhsajoh | Apr 15, 2015 |
Summary: This story is about a boy, Prince Horace he is often spoiled, a brat, and misbehaves. He is nicknamed "Prince Brat". Horace cannot be whipped or have hand lied on him so they hire an orphan boy to be whipped instead when Horace misbehaves. The two boys escape their hime and go on many adventures and meet a lot of people.

Personal Reaction: This was an interesting book because I've never read anything like it or heard of someone getting hit or whipped in place of a prince. I thought this was definitely the wrong way to punish someone being a prince, or an orphan. I felt really bad for the orphan and I can't believe the parents were okay with this.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1) Have the students write in chronological order the events that happened in the book,
2) Have the students write out the the characters that appeared in the book. ( )
  lizzydelg | Apr 15, 2015 |
Lindsey Johnson

Book # 5

Historic realism

Book Summary: Jemmy has been brought to the streets to serve as the whipping boy for Prince Horace, who is better known as Prince Brat. It is illegal to whip a prince, so a whipping boy is used as an example. Jemmy never hollers when he is whipped, he won’t give the Prince the satisfaction. One night Prince Brat wakes Jemmy and says they are running away because he is bored. Shortly after they leave they are kidnapped by Hold-Your-Nose Billy and Cutwater. After they realize one of them is the Prince they want a ransom. They think Jemmy is the Prince because he can write and Prince Brat can’t, because he refused to learn. They get away and are chased by the men all over town. They make friends with a girl, Betsy, who has a dancing bear, and a man, Captain Nips, who sales boiled potatoes. Prince Brat tells them to turn them in for the prize he king has set up. They do and then Prince Brat promises to behave, in return for not whipping Jemmy, because they have become friends.

Personal Reaction: This is an excellent book. The setting is an old kingdom, and the author paints great pictures of the time with his words when he describes the village.

Extension Activities:
1. Create a diorama of the village, the kidnappers house, the sewer they hide in, or the castle.
2. Write a journal as Jemmy.
  LindseyJohnson | Mar 24, 2015 |
Summary: Prince Horace is of course royalty and is a very naughty boy, but being royalty can not be punished therefore they bring a Jemmy who is a rat catcher to come to the castle and take the Prince's beating for him. Prince Brat as he is called around the city and Jemmy set off an adventure. They are caught by two nasty scoundrels who take them to their hut and force Jemmy who is able to read and write to do the dirty work of taking care of the jewels they have stolen from the king. Once the boys escape due to Jemmy's intelligence, they return to the castle and are great friends from then on out and Prince Brat stops his terrible ways.

Personal Reaction: My first thought about this book is that everyone needs that one friend who will help them get over themselves. After seeing that Jemmy was willing to save Prince Brat too he knew he was in the wrong with how he had been acting.

Future Classroom Extensions: 1. Ask my students to decide who they consider his or her best friend.
2. Have them write about how they became friends and also which one of them was more like Prince Brat or Jemmy in the start of their friendship.
  LynleeRae | Nov 11, 2014 |
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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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