Whipping Boy Summary

As Jemmy and the prince look out at the kingdom below them, Jemmy thought how he got here, with the price on this very night. He was amazed but then again thankful. Some how he had made a friend here in the castle. That person just happened to be who everyone called Prince Brat. As he thought it over the prince had really changed. Before they left the prince was an orniray spoiled brat, hence the name Prince Brat. Now he was different, he was just another boy to Jemmy. Jemmy figured it was because he had to trust Jemmy to flee the two outlaws Billy and Cutwater, which he had done. Every since no one called him prince brat. He was a very well behaved kid and Jemmy's one and only friend. Jemmy smiled at the prince as they gazed out for the last time before going to bed.

Measle And The Wrathmonk - November, 18th, 2009

Ian Ogilvy was using a lot of imagination when he wrote Measle And The Wrathmonk. Throughout the book I felt as if I was there. I could feel the excitement during the chases and felt for Measle a lot as the book went on. Even though the setting was pretty much impossible I could still feel myself running with the characters through the setting. This book was full of great words and a great story. Even though it was a great story with some hard words I comprehended the book quite well. This is why I think this was a good book for me.

The story really starts when Measle finds out that Basil is not human. Measle did not live with his parents because they disappeared when Measle was young. Therefore his caretaker was Basil. He was in the attic playing with Basils seemingly real train set when Basil caught him. Basil then shrunk him and Measle was put as an ornament on Basil's table. As he was wandering around he found other people that were over taken by this spell. They all form a team to defeat the Wrathmonk.

The problem when one of Basil's spells backfired on him. He was trying to turn Measle into a cockroach but instead turned himself into one. Measle and his new friends William, Kip, Kitty, Prudence, Lady Grant, Frank, and a little dog Tinker. Prudence is the one that told them about the Wrathmonk business and it is up to her to tell them Basil's weakness. Prudence said that he may be cockroach now but the spell will wear off. They soon make a plan to have Measle and Tinker run down the railroad track to get the cockroach to follow him and the train would hit the cockroach and it would fall off and, well, not live. Everything went right except for the last part. The giant cockroach didn't fall off the table and was now very angry. But that night a bat came down from the rafters and carried Basil out the window. At that moment Basil became Basil again. But the bat could not hold him any longer and he was dropped and that was the last of Basil. Since Basil was destroyed so were his spells and everyone turned human again. For Measle's surprise, one of the statues was his very own parents. In the end everyone is happy and Measle finally lives with his parents.

Even though this book was a great book I think I would change the fact that Measle never knew much of any thing. He always was basiclly clueless of what Basil had said. I think I would make him get more suspecious about Basil. Over all though I think this was a great book. I think the authors message in this book was the fact that many wierd things may happen in life, some bad some good, but always try to keep your family.