The Tale of Despereaux

October 1, 2015 · 0 comments

This review is by a guest blogger, my sister Lily! -Emma

What’s it about?
Despereaux, the runt of his litter, is extremely odd, at least by mouse standards. Despereaux is different from other mice; he opened his eyes just as he was born, he does not hide from light but seeks it out, and he doesn’t eat paper, instead he reads it. However, when he not only reveals himself to a human princess, but even speaks to her, the world of mice believes that the little mouse has gone too far. Pea, the beautiful young princess, is loving, kind, and gentle. She befriends Despereaux, even though it was a rodent’s fault that her life was ruined. Meanwhile, Miggory Sow, a young girl working on the farm of her “Uncle,” dreams of becoming a princess. When she is hired at the castle, her longing to become royalty only grows. Not being the sharpest knife in the drawer, Miggory Sow makes her the perfect target for a certain crafty rat… Roscuro, a rat different from all others. When he was young he sought light, but when his quest ended in disaster, he turned back to the darkness of the dungeon and planned his revenge. When these four characters cross paths their lives will never be the same again.

Lily’s Thoughts:
-This book has been a favorite of mine since I was little and I love reading it again and again!

Good things:
-The princess is very kind to those below her station, even as low as a mouse!
-There is a redemptive ending for the villain, showing that even the worst of villains is not beyond hope.

-Both the rats and the dungeon could be a bit scary for younger readers.

eScore (?)
eAge (?)
8+ (Amz. Age: 7 – 10)
Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Fairy-Tale, Medieval, Princesses, Animals,
Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick; 1st ed edition (August 25, 2003)
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