DeCree the Prime Minister was writing a dictionary for his kingdom. He successfully went through all the A’s, the B’s, and the C’s, but he had problem with “delicious” because no one agreed on what delicious was. The Prime Minister thought “Delicious is fried fish”, the General of the Armies said “Delicious is a mug of beer”, and the Queen said “Delicious is Christmas pudding”. In such a case, DeCree sent Gaylen his foster son and assistant, to poll the kingdom. On his way, Gaylen went through a series of adventures. He also needed to stop Hemlock, the queen's villainous brother, from harming the country and who tried to control water supply in the kingdom. At last Gaylen completed his mission, and “delicious” came out to be “a drink of cool water when you’re very, very thirsty”.
In the book, I appreciate the author’s inside message that people should not fight over silly things and go to war. People all have their own opinions on things and it is right to respect them. There are also parts about human impact on the environment. Even though the theme is good, in my opinion, this book is a bit boring. The beginning of the story is good, but the plot is too simple and predictable. The trip just goes on in a dull way, and there is no twists nor surprises. It would be better if the meaning of the story was supported by a more interesting story.
I often read other people’s reviews before ordering a book. This time I must admit that I cannot agree with those favorable comments made by Amazon’s readers, and I was misled by the excerpt of the beginning pages. I was quite disappointed that the story was actually written by Natalie Babbitt, the author of the great book, Tuck Everlasting, which I enjoyed very much.
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