The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Posted October 17, 2014 by shooting in Uncategorized / 11 Comments

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo 

Review by Lauren

Source: library copy; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with
music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat
called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with
light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl
who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about
to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon,
up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives.
What happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your
destiny to find out.

Review: This was another novel that I was assigned for my children’s literature course. I saw the movie back when it was released, but I had never read the book. I’m glad to finally have had the chance to do so, though, because the story is really cute. It follows a few different points of view to give an overall fairy-tale like story.

Throughout the book there are some black and white drawings depicting certain scenes, which was a nice touch. This would be a great book to read aloud as DiCamillo often addresses the readers. She asks them questions and tells them to imagine moments. It’s a nice way to get them involved and further interested in the story.

I love that DiCamillo explains the emotions of the characters in the book. Even if they do not always behave well, she helps the readers understand where they are coming from.

A cute book overall!

11 responses to “The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

  1. I remember reading this one when I was young and really liking it! Actually, it might have been my first "real" book outside of picture books, haha. Glad you liked it!

  2. DMS

    I haven't read this nor have I seen the movie. So wonderful to hear such great things about The Tale of Despereaux. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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