Author: Sid Fleischman
F/P Level: R
AR Level: 3.9
Genre: Historical Fiction / Folk Tale
Length: 90 pages
This book is written in the style of a folk tale. The main characters are an unruly prince and a poor boy from the streets who now lives in the castle as the prince's "whipping boy." When the prince misbehaves, the whipping boy receives the punishment, for it is forbidden to touch the heir to the throne. Despite having little in common except a dislike for each other, the two boys must learn to get along when they are kidnapped by two bumbling ruffians. The absurdity of the characters' actions (as well as the idea of a whipping boy) highlights the moral of the story.