Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate di Camillo

The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate di Camillo. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2003.

Despereaux is a very small castle mouse who loves to read and hear the king singing to the princess. But when the princess is kidnapped by a rat and a jealous serving maid, someone must go to the dungeons to save her. Despereaux is so little. Can he complete his quest and become a hero?

Borrowing the rhetorical device of the omniscient storyteller common to novels such as Jane Eyre, Kate Di Camillo is able to make all her characters, even a mouse, relatable to her readers. A starred review in School Library Journal calls the story of Despereaux "entertaining, heartening, and above all, great fun." This is a great story that most readers will enjoy. This book won the Newbery Medal.

Despereaux was made into a movie; visit the film's website to view clips from the movie and get DVD information at http://www.thetaleofdespereauxmovie.com/. Additional editorial reviews can be found at Amazon, and you can visit the author's website at http://www.katedicamillo.com/.


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