***The Search for Delicious
by Natalie Babbitt
Reviewed May 6, 2003.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1999. First published in 1969.
Available at Sembach Library (JF BAB).
My knitting buddy (maybe I should call her my reading buddy!) and her
daughter discovered this in our library, and insisted that I read and review
it. They know my taste well by now! This book, written by the
author of Tuck Everlasting,
is already a classic.
The prime minister has stirred up trouble in the kingdom by writing a
dictionary and trying to find a food that defines delicious. No one
in the castle can agree, so they send out Gaylen, the prime minister’s 12-year-old
Special Assistant, to poll the kingdom and give every subject a chance to
vote on the food that they honestly believe is most delicious.
Unfortunately, the poll only stirs up more trouble in the kingdom.
Gaylen learns that Hemlock, the queen’s brother, has ridden ahead of him,
making the trouble worse. Hemlock has evil plans for the kingdom.
For some reason, he’s concerned about an old story about a mermaid.
This story relies on some big coincidences, but we’re willing to believe
them since it fits with the simple style of the tale. Again, lovers
of fairy tales will enjoy this original invention. This one would
also do well as a family read-aloud, and will appeal to a wide age range.
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.
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