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Gaylen, the King’s messenger, a skinny boy of twelve, is off to poll the kingdom, traveling from town to farmstead to town on his horse, Marrow. At first it is merely a question of disagreement at the royal castle over which food should stand for Delicious in the new dictionary. But soon it seems that the search for Delicious had better succeed if civil war is to be avoided.

     Gaylen’s quest leads him to the woldweller, a wise, 900-year-old creature who lives alone at the precise center of ...

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Overview

Gaylen, the King’s messenger, a skinny boy of twelve, is off to poll the kingdom, traveling from town to farmstead to town on his horse, Marrow. At first it is merely a question of disagreement at the royal castle over which food should stand for Delicious in the new dictionary. But soon it seems that the search for Delicious had better succeed if civil war is to be avoided.

     Gaylen’s quest leads him to the woldweller, a wise, 900-year-old creature who lives alone at the precise center of the forest; to Canto, the minstrel who sings him an old song about a mermaid child and who gives him a peculiar good-luck charm; to the underground domain of the dwarfs; and finally to Ardis who might save the kingdom from havoc.

 

The Search for Delicious is a 1969 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Spirited and humorous, sensitive without ever being sad.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Fantasy-adventure that’s as fresh and sparkling as spring water. It’s truly delicious.”—The New York Times

“The writing is distinguished by an immediate clarity and true poetry. . . . A wholly delightful story.”—The Horn Book Magazine

“The definition of this well-constructed story, combining fine imagery, humor, strong characterizations, legend, and an unobtrusive theme of good versus evil is: a good book for children hungry for light entertainment.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review

“Here is a beguiling tale, here is a story perfectly suited for reading in the still of an endless summer twilight.”—Publishers Weekly

“Fresh and imaginative, this play on words and on human foibles is a welcome and happy book.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A made-up fairy tale that works. . . . This one is for kids who thrive on the discovery of new words.”—McCall’s

Children's Literature
Fighting words whirl at the castle when Prime Minister DeCree is stymied by a dilemma while compiling a dictionary: how should he define "delicious" The King and Queen disagree. He says apples; she says Christmas pudding. When no one at court sides with him, the King orders DeCree's adopted son, twelve-year-old Gaylen, who serves as his assistant, to poll all the kingdom's residents. Gaylen's interactions with townspeople and farmers reveal unique answers and intensify divisions and distrust. The queen's villainous brother, Hemlock, as noxious as his name suggests, rides ahead of Gaylen, aggravating fears with lies, poisoning public opinion, and fomenting war. During his journey, Gaylen experiences friendship and betrayal, while recognizing the importance of family and community. He encounters fantastical beings that knew the kingdom before humans arrived and interfered. He chances upon a wise woldweller, helpful dwarfs, and a melancholy mermaid, Ardis. The minstrel Canto is key to Gaylen's mission. Hemlock's damming scheme to achieve authority suggests new meanings for the expression "water control." Readers will enjoy puns, legends, and songs in this universally relevant, timeless novel, which is useful to initiate conversations regarding humans' impact on nature. For discussion of the power of precise definitions pair with Lois Lowry, The Giver (1993), or of water issues see Kate Klise, Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, in Letters, of Liars and Leaks (1998). 2005 (orig. 1969), Sunburst/Farrar Straus Giroux, Ages 8 to 12.
—Elizabeth D. Schafer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312369828
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 8/21/2007
  • Edition description: STRIPPABLE
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 150,105
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

A gifted artist and writer, Natalie Babbitt is the award-winning author of the modern classic Tuck Everlasting, The Eyes of the Amaryllis, Kneeknock Rise and many other brilliantly original books for young people. She began her career in 1966 as the illustrator of The Forty-ninth Magician, a collaboration with her husband. When her husband became a college president and no longer had time to collaborate, Babbitt tried her hand at writing. The Search for Delicious was her first novel and established her gift for writing magical tales with profound meaning. Kneeknock Rise earned her a Newbery Honor Medal, and in 2002, Tuck Everlasting was adapted into a major motion picture. Natalie Babbitt lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a grandmother of three.

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Search for Delicious

In his workroom at the top of the tower, DeCree, the Prime Minister, was pacing up and down. Occasionally he would pause, throw up his arms in a gesture of helplessness, and then resume his pacing. From her perch, his cockatoo watched with beady interest, turning her head this way and that as he crossed and recrossed before her.

"There will be civil war!" he burst out at last. "Splits, upheavals, and people taking sides! Smiles will be forgotten and spring will escape notice! Little flowers will push up, only to be trodden down, and birds will sing unheeded."

From a pile of cushions in a corner of the room, his Special Assistant, a skinny, pleasant boy of twelve named Gaylen, put down the book he had been reading and frowned. "Civil war?" he said. "But why? What happened?"

"It was like this," said the Prime Minister, climbing onto the stool at his desk. "I went down, you see, to show the King how far I've gone on my dictionary. He was pleased with the first part. He liked 'Affectionate is your dog' and 'Annoying is a loose boot in a muddy place' and so on, and he smiled at 'Bulky is a big bag of boxes.' As a matter of fact, there was no trouble with any of the A's or B's and the C's were fine too, especially 'Calamitous is saying no to the King.' But then we got to 'Delicious is fried fish' and he said no, I'd have to change that. He doesn't care for fried fish. The General of the Armies was standing there and he said that, as far as he was concerned, Delicious is a mug of beer, and the Queen said no, Delicious is a Christmas pudding, and then the King said nonsense, everyone knew the most delicious thing is an apple, and they all began quarreling. Not just thethree of them—the whole court. When I left, they were all yelling and shouting and shaking their fists. The King and the General were glaring at each other, and the Queen was trying to get everyone to listen to the recipe for Christmas pudding."

"That doesn't sound like civil war to me," said Gaylen, turning back to his book with a smile. "It only sounds silly."

"Of course it's silly," said the Prime Minister impatiently. "But a lot of serious things start silly."

Gaylen put his book down again and sighed. "Why don't you just leave Delicious out of the dictionary?"

"I can't do that," said the Prime Minister. "If this is going to be a proper dictionary, I can't leave anything out."

At that moment there was a great racket in the courtyard below. Gaylen ran to the window and looked down. People were pouring out of the castle door to form a noisy ring around two men shoving each other about on the grass. After a moment, one knocked the other flat, shouted "Plums!" and strode triumphantly back inside, followed by the cheering crowd. The man who had been flattened swayed to his feet and went off muttering.

The Prime Minister shook his head sadly. "Now here's a pretty kettle of fish," he said.

"Or apples," said Gaylen.

THE SEARCH FOR DELICIOUS. Copyright © 1969 by Natalie Babbitt. All rights reserved. For information, address Square Fish, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

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    This was my FAVORITE book in third grade!!!

    Back in elementary school, my reading level was kind of freakishly high, so my mom bought me this book as a challenge. I absolutely loved the medieval/fantasy setting. The fact that Babbitt was able to base a whole book off of the definition of a word was extremely interesting and original. I think that this book made me the voracious reader that I am now...and when I let my younger sister read it 3-5 years later, it became the first book that she really loved (and we NEVER have the same taste in books!). A very cute book that's great for anyone who loves words.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Good Read

    I read this book and i loved it! It just goes to show you the stupid things people can go to war for. Lighthearted fantasy that will keep you enteratained. Defenatly 5 stars!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    What is Delicious?

    This light-hearted book takes a young boy on a journey of a lifetime, only to found himself and where he belongs. It is also an eye-opener to the many little trival things we argue about everyday and there consequences. Is it really worth it, whether to be right or to gain power?

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Favorite childhood book

    I must have read this book 40 times as a kid. Beautiful, sumptuous world, easy read


    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    Mmmmmmmmm

    Mmmmmm CHEEEEZZZZZZBURGERS!!!!!

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    A Classic

    I first read this book five years ago, in fifth grade. It is still one of my favorite books, as familiar to me as Alice in Wonderland is widely known. It's a book to read when you need to get caught up in a story to escape the world. It's short enough to read in a few hours, yet long enough to take you on a journey for delicious.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    I like it

    I got it at my school library and really liked it. I DO NOTwant to be rude but it is not my favorite. I really like Natilie Babbitt

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Erin's Book Review

    I am reading this book in my guided reading class and it is good but seriously they are fighting over the defonition of the word delicious. The other people who are reading this in my guided reading group are, Jack , Ava, Nicolas, and Greg. Also these are prople including myself who go to Eisenhower Elementary , Camp Hill PA

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Awesome!

    I havent read the book yet but I was looking for this book forever! Also, plz read Kneeknock Rise I did it for a book report. I finished the book in an hour thats how awesome it was!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    Funny story. It shows some stupid things people will go to war over, like some wars in the past.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2005

    A Book That I 've Been Searching For

    This book is a hooking pleasure about a young boy named Vaungaylen that runs into many adventures while finding the defintion of delicious for the Prime Minister's dictionary. It's definitely an exciting adventure itself that brings you on a journey through a whole new world!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2004

    High praise is called for for this book!

    This book is just fantastic. Filled with good, clean, keeping-you-rolling-on-the-floor humor, 'The Search For Delicious' will hold you enthralled to its wonderful end. I couldn't recommend this book high enough! If you're looking for something funny, you've found it!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2003

    The search for a good book: FOUND!

    This was a great book. I liked the plot the characters and the whole idea of someone taking a poll on a whole kingdom. It was a really fun book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2001

    A fun book with imagination and wonder

    I definatly loved this book. It has so much imagination and a fun type of mystery.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2014

    Anonymous

    There is so many things and people have to remember be,ut other than that i love it. It is so interesting and detailed i recommend this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Similar

    I have not actually read this book yet but I just completed a similar one. From what I can tell the book is based off the meaning if the word word. A similar book, one I just completed, was called rump. Rump is about the meaning of a name basicaly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Is it good?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Awesome

    I love this book. It is really good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Hi

    Hello

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 5, 2010

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