“The Search for Delicious” starts with a humorous situation. The Prime Minister is writing a dictionary, with such definitions as “Affectionate is your dog,” and “Calamitous is saying no to the King.” But when he reaches the definition of ‘delicious’ no one can agree on a single food that is most delicious. The King thinks that the most delicious food is an apple. But then the Queen starts advocating a Christmas pudding. The General of the Armies thinks that a mug of beer is most delicious. Before long everyone is quarreling over how the definition should read. A solution is needed, and that is where young Gaylen enters the story.
Babbitt takes Gaylen on a marvelous journey that uncovers a dreadful plot that involves the king, a weeping mermaid, and a lost key. But Delicious can not seem to be found!
I enjoyed the story’s light nature and its relaxing, humorous style. “The Search for Delicious” is a great read, not only for a Natalie Babbitt fan, but also for anyone who wants a refreshing reading experience.
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