The Search for Delicious: Another Simple Children Book

Saturday, June 20, 2020

The Search for Delicious

"Of course it's silly. But a lot of serious thing start silly." -- Prime Minister

Title: The Search for Delicious
Author: Natalie Babbitt
Publisher: Camelot Printing
Date of Published: April, 1974
Number of pages: 166 pages

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, Gaylan, to poll the citizenry. Gaylen soon discovers that the entire kingdom is on the brink of civil war, and must enlist help to define "delicious" and save the country.

To be honest, I always like to read a children book. If we have grown up, we would realize how much children book could give a lot of moral lessons.

So, in attempt to enrich my vocabulary in English, I decided to try to read a classic children book. Actually, I borrowed this book from my senior. She suggested me to read this book if I want to learn more about English.

The Search for Delicious

Gaylen is the King's messenger. He carried a mission to search the definition of delicious. It seems it would be an easy task, but in the fact it isn't. DeCree the Prime Minister is creating a dictionary. Every alphabet has its own definition. Unfortunately, everything doesn't go well when DeCree tried to define 'D'. There's a disagreement between him, the King, the Queen, and the General. As ridiculous as it sounds to be, those argument will lead to civil war if it's not handled well.

Therefore, DeCree asked Gaylen to go all around the Kingdom and ask everybody. The majority answer for the question will be used in the dictionary. For Gaylen, he didn't have any preference regarding what't the thing that he thinks delicious. So, he carried the mission and hopping there will be any problem.

But then, the argument about what is delicious made all of the people gone wild. They disagree with another's opinion. Since then, Gaylen knows very well that his mission won't be easy at all.

This story also bring your childhood memory with Gaylen's meeting with the worldweller, a wise 900-year-old creature who lives alone in the forest, Canto, the minstrel, the underground domain of the dwarfs, and Ardis, the mermaid that to be believed can save the Kingdom.

What will happened to Gaylen's journey? Read this book to know more about it.

I thought it would be philosophical

Source: google, edited by me

The first time I read the premise of this book, I thought the final answer for the Gaylen's journey would be philosophical. I mean, something like, everyone have their own definition for delicious and it will be based on their preference. But, at the end, I'm wrong. There is one thing in this world that could be categorized as delicious by everyone.

In my opinion, this book is very simple. The storytelling is not really difficult to understand. So, I believe this book could be a good one for light reading. Somehow, I questioned my self why I like to read children book. But, well, I read it to fulfill my curiosity. Hmm, I have so many wish list, tho. Even though it's hard to keep it, I will try my best to complete my reading list.


It's been a while since the last time I enjoyed reading a children book. But, I won't force my self to read and make review for it. I just want to enjoy my life and share my enjoyment through writing in my blog.

3.5 out of 5 stars.



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