From the dust jacket: Prince Horace is so naughty that everyone calls him Prince Brat. But the prince is not allowed to be spanked. So an orphan boy named Jemmy is taken from the streets to be the prince’s whipping boy.
When Prince Brat decides to run away, he takes Jemmy with him. The boys begin a wild adventure that lands them in the clutches of two thieving cutthroats! Can Jemmy use his street smarts to outwit his kidnappers and free himself and the prince?
Sid Fleishchman’s THE WHIPPING BOY won the Newbery Medal in 1987. I hadn’t picked it up since my student teaching days in the mid-nineties. It was so fun to revisit this chapter book with a roomful of eight and nine-year-olds. The dialogue is snappy, and the bumbling bad guys (Cutwater and Hold-Your-Nose Billy) are a great match for the boys.
Here’s one of the discussion questions I presented to the group: How does Prince Horace change during the course of the story?
My favorite response: He goes from being all fancy and royal to camping out in the woods.
This would make a wonderful read aloud for boys and girls alike. What read alouds have been a hit in your family?
The post is a part of Steady Mom’s Thirty-Minute Challenge.