Parents' Guide to

The Whipping Boy

By Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Prince and pauper find friendship in rollicking tale.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+


i dont think if u like action to read this book...
age 4+

Really fun book full of adventure and suspense.

Really fun book that I've read aloud over and over again at about yearly intervals to my grandsons who become engrossed each time. They are now 7 and 10 years old. It's educational in its exposure to royalty in times gone by. It is funny, gross, scary, and joyful.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Though celebrated children's author Sid Fleishman's writing is clearly intended for younger kids, the story is exciting enough to make up for the lack of linguistic flair. Jemmy is a scrappy and likable protagonist, and his frustration with the prince's ignorance and attitude is hilarious. The novel is brief, but it packs a good amount of fun into its sweet little story. Illustrations by Peter Sis underscore the comic turns. Kids looking for an adventure in medieval times won't be disappointed.

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