Desperate hero in Tale of Despereaux

January 7, 2010 at 11:41 am

The Tale of Despereaux: being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread by Kate DiCamillo; published by Candlewick Press, Somerville, Massachusetts, 2003.

Despereaux was a disappointment to his mother—mostly because his ears are of unusually large size.  But his tale of love and bravery is only one of three in this tome.  Roscuro the Rat’s tale and poor Miggery Sow’s story round out the perspectives in the tale of salvation for Princess Pea and the kingdom.

DiCamillo’s narrator speaks directly to readers, asking them to look for the definitions of new words or nudging their thoughts in a particular direction as the story progresses.  Ering’s pencil drawings are a nice addition to a book physically designed to appear old (rough edged pages, a leather-look cover, and the telling of the tales).  I have discovered that Kate DiCamillo is a talented author that can write in many formats and I’d use this book in a book club and discuss the differences in style between this, Because of Winn-Dixie and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. I think I’d also do a display of DiCamillo’s books when her next novel, The Magician’s Elephant, is released.

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Can’t believe I’d never read this one before! Everything but the kitchen sink (and even that’s in there!)


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