The Whipping Boy PDF ß The Whipping Epub /

The Whipping Boy PDF ß The Whipping  Epub /
  • Paperback
  • 90 pages
  • The Whipping Boy
  • Sid Fleischman
  • English
  • 14 March 2019
  • 9780060521226

The Whipping Boy➮ [Read] ➪ The Whipping Boy By Sid Fleischman ➺ – 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 forbidd 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 Dreaming of running away, Jemmy finds himself trapped in Prince Brat's own dream at once brash and perilous In this briskly told The Whipping Epub / tale of high adventure, taut with suspense and rich with colorful characters, The Whipping Boy and Prince Brat must at last confront each other Awardwinning author Sid Fleischman again blends the broadly comic with the deeply compassionate in this memorable novel.

About the Author: Sid Fleischman

As a children's book author Sid Fleischman felt a special obligation to his readers The books we enjoy as children stay with us forever they have a special impact Paragraph after paragraph and page after page, the author must deliver his or her best work With almost books to his credit, some of which have been made into motion pictures, Sid Fleischman can be assured that his work will m.

10 thoughts on “The Whipping Boy

  1. says:

    This has been on my shelf for a while and on my TBR and it’s thin, very compact size; only 89 pages. Today, I sat down and read this. Now, it comes off my TBR.

    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 while the prince will not.

    One day the prince is so bored with life that he decides to run away with the whipping boy and out in the world it’s the boy who knows how to survive and not the prince. The prince begins to learn some life lessons, finally. There are some good adventures.

    It’s a nice story that reminded me of the Prince and Pauper somewhat. I love being able to sit down and read a book in one sitting. It took me just a little over an hour to read this whole story and I think that is a little of the appeal of middle grade. You can read them in close to a sitting, well, not the new books which are much longer. I love the tomes as well. I love to sink into a long book, but it’s nice to have both. I guess short stories are the same way.

    I’m glad I read this work. There are some great books that won the Newbery. I’m constantly reminded of that.

  2. says:

    As a piece of young adult fiction, The Whipping boy earned a Newberry Award. I'm not sure why. Yes, there are vivid descriptions and some good literary devices used, but the storyline is hardly original and the character development is trite. If you want a fun and easy read about friendship and overcoming prejudice, then perhaps you may enjoy it. But to me, The Whipping Boy does not stand out as a choice children's novel.

  3. says:

    The story is comically told, practically slapstick, so the characters are not deeply drawn. The themes, however, are serious, so it is fun and offers opportunities for extended conversations. I read it with a small group of pre-third and pre-fourth graders who were ESL students. They were able to access the plot and laugh at the situations. The point of view character is Jemmy, a whipping boy. When the prince does something wrong, Jemmy is the one who gets whipped. The prince, who is nicknamed Prince Brat, is frustrated and angry with Jemmy because he won't cry when whipped. The action really begins when Prince Brat forces Jemmy to accompany him when he runs away. Two criminals realize one of them is the prince and decide to kidnap them and get a ransom. That leads to frustration for Jemmy and slapstick hilarity for readers because the prince messes up Jemmy's escape plans, plans to escape the criminals and the prince. All ends well, with the prince learning more than Jemmy, so the story is a nice variation on the prince dressing as a pauper and gaining some empathy theme.

  4. says:

    Memory lane is a fun place to visit but it is never where one should stay. On occasion I like to revisit past reads to see how much of them I remember and if what I loved about them then still holds up today. This was one of my odd loves and I was a bit confused by it because it wasn’t based on animals, my predominate focus around that particular point in my life. But after stewing over it for a couple of days, I think I finally see the connection. See I’m thinking this read occurred around the same time frame I introduced myself to two other troublesome boys, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. I must have had an interest in boys and adventures or maybe the girl adventure books weren’t as easy to find (if they even existed). Now I’m puzzling over if there were any. Laura Ingalls Wilder would totally count (at least in my mind), but who else? Hmm…


    Still considering this a great book after an old lady rereview, so on my fav shelf it shall stay.

  5. says:

    Chapter book - historical fiction
    Newbery Medal
    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, soldiers and sewers. The chapters are short and packed with action, as well as enough emotional content to make the story satisfying. The madcap vocabulary and Peter Sis' illustrations add more spice to the story. This would make a great read-aloud, and the boys' escapades, as well as the book's brevity, will make the story appealing to reluctant readers.

    The Publisher's Weekly review relies heavily on plot summary and description. School Library Journal gives a better sense of the book's strengths and appeal, while still summarizing the action, and offers read-alike suggestions.

  6. says:

    This book just cracked me up! Prince Horace is the naughtiest kid around and everyone calls him Prince Brat behind his back. He knows he can get away with anything and Jemmy will have to take his whippings for him. Despite his naughtiness his life his boring and he decides to run away taking his whipping boy with him. What follows is a bunch of random adventures that become more and more exciting as the boys try to escape a couple of crooks who kidnapped them. By the end of their adventures Prince Horace is a changed boy.

  7. says:


    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 get away?

    Personal thoughts:

    This book is simple, but entertaining. It's a quick, easy read. I remember reading it at some point during elementary school and enjoying it then. Reading it lately, though, it seems that it might hold more interest for kids than adults.

    I was pleased to see how Jemmy's character develops over the course of the book. At first, he can think of nothing but his opportunity to get away. He has concerns for the prince, but only because he's worried that the King and others will think he helped the prince get kidnapped. Over time, though, he starts to feel more empathy for the prince.

    I also really enjoyed the fact that eventually, Jemmy realizes all the things he would be giving up by returning to be a rat catcher in the sewers. His life as a whipping boy is certainly less than ideal, but he also realizes that the education he has received perhaps merits something better than the scavenging life he knew before.

  8. says:

    Here’s a question: Which would you rather be – a rat-catcher or a whipping boy? On the one hand, rat-catchers catch rats. On the other, whipping boys get whipped. A lot.

    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. And then, one night, Prince Brat embarks on his greatest piece of mischief yet – running away.

    The Whipping Boy, written by Sid Fleischman, is a classic of children’s literature. It’s a slim book – less than one hundred pages, with a large type and generous margins. The writing is direct, in both style and substance. The setting-up takes two chapters, a total of five pages – for unlike the book, we are not counting illustrations.

    Brief the author may be, but his strokes are sure and bold. Characters leap brightly from the pages, knowable and entirely their own. Every once in a while, Sid Fleischman turns fine, evocative phrases in his short sentences – “a thoroughbred of the streets”, “fuming like a stovepipe”, the moon gazing “down like an evil eye”.

    Places, too, are drawn out in a few vivid words – the great sewers, the dark, garlicky hut, the mist-filled forest (“Forests is creepy things,” the whipping boy says. “Gimme cobbled streets any time.”). The book is in written in that way: skilled, pleasing, and simple.

    The king is unnamed, the kingdom and the city nameless, and the time is undefined. Details suggest the eighteenth century – but what does it matter? The Whipping Boy is, in this, like a fairy tale, and it breathes free of any place on a map or time in a chronology.

    There is an abiding simplicity in The Whipping Boy. And simplicity, when done by a master, can be a marvelous thing. This story runs and dodges, treating us to adventure and comedy, and at its heart it is a sympathetic view of two boys – both, in their way, deprived. The Whipping Boy is a children’s book, but like all truly excellent works for children, it can be enjoyed by adults, too. No one is too old for the humor of this book, or the adventure, or the humanity.

  9. says:

    I remembered this one from when I was a child, but not most of the details. After reading it again, I can see why I remembered it! I love the clever turns of phrase, the wacky adventures, and the eventual unlikely friendship that develops. Also, it's kind of fun that it takes so long to even start developing. Prince Brat certainly lives up to his name for a lot longer than expected--which makes the transition even better when it starts. :)

    Content--one mention of Hell (as a place); a few uses of blazes and some invented expressions; mention of cursing; references to executions; mentions of boys being whipped

  10. says:

    I somehow missed out on a whole lot of great children's literature when I was a child. Maybe Babysitter's Club was just all I needed, lol. As a result of this lit-ignorance, I am just now reading a bunch of we-read-this-in-school kinds of classics. The Whipping Boy is among these.

    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 compassion, humor, and suspense! So glad this has become a family affair!

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