Genre: middle grade fantasy
Length: 167 pages
Setting: the Kingdom, Middle Ages technology level
Summary: DeCree, the Prime Minister, is creating a dictionary for the land. Each definition provides an example of what the word represents. That’s all well and good, until he gets to the entry for “delicious.” No one can agree on the type of food that is the paragon of deliciousness, and everyone in the city starts fighting about it. Gaylen, DeCree’s Special Assistant, is sent throughout the Kingdom to poll everyone on what they consider to be delicious. Unfortunately, riding out ahead of him and stirring up trouble, is Hemlock. Hemlock wants to depose the King and rule instead. He dams up the river at the source. However, Gaylen is able to get the mermaid’s help in breaking the dam. Once the water is flowing again, everyone is able to agree that “Delicious is a cool drink of water when you’re very, very thirsty.”
Final thoughts: A sweet book. I could tell it was almost 50 years old because the tension and strife in the story weren’t really all that tense. Gaylen gets to go on a journey through the kingdom and find the wold dweller, dwarfs, and mermaids which most people didn’t believe still existed. He makes the good choices and is able to save the kingdom. This would make a good bedtime story for a younger child. The chapters are short, nothing is too scary, and everything comes out right in the end.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 54/100 in my 100 Book Challenge.
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