Review: The Tale of Despereaux By Kate DiCamillo

Saturday, September 18, 2010

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Technically this is a children’s book, but I’m going to review it anyway.

Title: The Tale of Despereaux
Author: Kate DiCamillo

Summary (B& 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.

My Review: This is actually a kid’s book or so it says on the back cover, but I believe that everyone should read this heartwarming tale of a very small, but very courageous mouse named Despereaux Tilling. But be warned, you will crave some soup afterwards!

Usually, I don’t think about morals in stories, but this one is as clear as can be; “Actions have consequences” and this book shows how interconnected those actions are.

For older readers (teens+) this will take no time at all to read. For its intended audience, it will depend on their attention span and general reading ability.

I actually plan on asking my nephew if he would like to read it. I think he’d like it even if Michael Myers, Jason and/or Spongebob are not in it (what can I say he’s a weird kid). It has something in it for everyone, adventure, love and soup!