This story is about a poor boy named Jemmy and a prince named “Brat”. Jemmy, a boy who lived in the sewers, now lives in the castle as a whipping boy of Prince Brat. Every time Prince Brat gets into trouble, which he usually does, they bring Jemmy who receives the punishment in behalf of the Prince. It is greatly forbidden to whip, spank or hurt the Prince. They have nothing in common, but when they find themselves taken hostage after running ung away, they are left with no choice but to trust each other.
The whipping boy us written by Sid Fleischman. It is a 1987 newbery gold medalist.
The whipping boy review: The most remarkable charm of this book is the ability of the characters to transform from an unlikeable character to someone that you will care about. It is also a hilarious piece which will make you laugh as you discover the inner personalities of the main characters. This also shows that tbere are a lot more things which are more important that riches, such as a real friend.
The Whipping boy content summary: Prince Brat is a naughty prince who keeps on making pranks and loves getting into trouble. He does not care about punishment because he will not get hurt anyway. If tbe king or tbe school master want to punish him they will bring out Jemmy, the whipping bo. It is Jemmy who will receive tbe whipping and every time he gets whipped he does not cry nor sag a single thing. This annoys the prince because he wants to see him cry and bawl but Jemmy refuse to do so even if tbe prince told him to do so. Prince Brat does not want to learn from his teacher, during his privste lessons Jemny is also there in case the s hool mazter wants t punish tbe prince. As a result, Jemmy who loves to learn is learning his letters and arithmetic while Prince Brat is not learning anything. Jemmy, dezpite the good clothes and food that he receives, wants to go back to the dirty sewers to catch ferocious rats just like his deceased father. Before he was taken to tbe castle, Jemmy lived in the sewers and sells rats to an underground matches between dogs and rats. He often thinks of going back there but he is afraid of death.
One night, prince Brat woke him up and told him that he wznts to run away from the castle. Jemmy initially refused but ge consentec later on because he thought that he could go back to tbe sewers. Prince Brat brought a chest with many gold and rode a veautiful horse. The night is foggy and dark, everything seems well for Jemmy until rough hands grabved both tbe prince and him. Two cutthroat or robbers held them and wanted to get the horse. Jemmy said that they could have it, however Prince Brat once again declared that he is the prince and they t should bow down to him. The robbers did not believe him but when tbey saw the king’s chest filled with food and a golden crown they belueved tbe prince. They agreed tbat they will trade tbe prince for more gold. They took the two young boys to their hideouts and asked the prince to write a letter saying that they are held in captive and they will be released if 2 bags of gold will be given to them. They gave the pen to the prince but the prince declared that he does not know how to write. Jemmy volunteered instead, this made tbe robbers suspect that Jemmy was the prince. Since that day, they treated Jemmy as tbe prince, giving him more food that Prince Brat. That same day, the two boys were able to escape from the robbers. Jemmy wants to go back to tbe sewers and told the prince that he should go home with the royal guards. The prince refused and insisted that he will go with Jemmy. Jemmy then told him tbat they should tske some drift woods to be sold in the town market so that they can have money to buy food. After collecting woods, a little coach with hot potatoes drove near tbem and was stucked. They asked tbe two boys for help and he will give them some potatoes and a ride to town. They used the woods to free tbe coach fron the mud to which it is stuck. When the e coach is free, Jemmy rode it and left Prince Brat. Prince Brat was looking at him holding some dripping woods. Jemmy felt bad and asked tbe hit potato man to give a ride to prince Brat, prince brat smiled and went with them. A few minutes later, the cutthroat appeared and stopped the coach. They found the two boys and took them, they were so angry that they want to whip Jemmy. Since tbey believed that Jemmy was the prince, they took prince Brat and whipped him. Prince Brat did not cry or bawl despite tbe fact tbat his clothes were shredded. Jemmy asked why he did not bawl, tbe prince told him that he does not want to humble himself.