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The Search for Delicious

The Search for Delicious

Book - 1969
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The Prime Minister is compiling a dictionary and when no one at court can agree on the meaning of delicious, the King sends his twelve-year-old messenger to poll the country
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1969
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374365349
Characteristics: 167 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm


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Dec 19, 2019

The Search for Delicious feels like and builds up as a fairy tale, but without the satisfying payoff at the end. Babbitt's opening line is magical: "There was a time once when the earth was still very young, a time some call the oldest days." The prologue is actually the best part of this novel. The premise is a little silly- finding the definition of the word 'delicious' for the royal dictionary- and folks are actually fighting about it. The villain isn't the least threatening, the mermaid only makes brief appearances, and there isn't enough world-building here to make the story memorable. There's no reason for certain characters to make the choices they do, and it's a little frustrating. All in all, it's a cute, short story, but the ending feels rushed, and there's no big reveal or lesson to be learned, no secret royalty or happily ever after. It just is. If you're looking for a brief fairy tale that's a little different, this is it.


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violet_cat_1889 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 16


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