Candlewick Press, trade pb, 257 p.
Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering
WINNER of the Newbery Medal, 2004
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. And what happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out.What a cute story! Little Despereaux, different from the other mice for his love of reading and music, is a very brave little mouse on a very dangerous quest. It is perhaps at its heart a simple story of hope and forgiveness, but it’s so nicely told. Because of the narrative style, in which the author often addresses the reader directly, this would be a great book to read aloud. And the book itself was a joy to hold. I personally love those rough-cut edges and the illustrations were wonderful, really adding to the story. A story to make you smile. Recommended for kids and kids-at-heart.
Despereaux waited until she was gone, and then he reached out and, with one paw, touched the lovely words. Once upon a time.Despereaux also reminded me of Remy the rat in Ratatouille. That was such a cute movie! And speaking of animated movies, I didn’t know (until just now) that The Tale of Despereaux is being made into one! With Emma Watson as Princess Pea, Matthew Broderick as the voice of Despereaux, Dustin Hoffman as the voice of Roscuro and so on. I don’t watch many animated movies. Before seeing Ratatouille a few months ago, I can’t remember the last time I watched one, but I may be tempted to see this one.
My Rating: 3.5/5
(#24 for 2008, Book Awards Challenge #10, Once Upon a Time II Challenge #5)
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