ZoriBeth, January 19, 2010 (view all comments by ZoriBeth)
One of my two favorite books of all time, The Tale of Despereaux is a work of art disguised as a children's book. Simple, funny, elegant, and heart-wrenching, it is the perfect blend of darkness and light which we reflects that absurd miracle we call life. (Yet another case of "Don't judge a book by its movie.")
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Jonathan, January 10, 2010 (view all comments by Jonathan)
I've read The Tale of Despereaux out loud twice now, once to my wife and then three years later to my five-year-old, and both times I was amazed by the depth of the story and the beauty of the writing even while describing very ugly things. Yes, it's a children's book about talking mice, and yet sometimes it felt more real than a lot of adult fiction that I've read in the past decade. I will certainly be reading it again to my daughters when they're older, and I'm sure that each time they (and I) will discover something new.
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ethanelephant, December 17, 2008 (view all comments by ethanelephant)
I'm reading this book at school. And I already wanted to read it so bad. I'm so glad my teacher picked this one out! We're almost done with it, and I wanted to buy it, it's so good. Whenever we stop reading a chapter I am so tense. I wish we could just read the whole book in like a week. I hate having to stop reading each day!
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rylee1966, October 8, 2008 (view all comments by rylee1966)
My 9 year old daughter's class is reading this book as a class project. I picked it up and read it and couldn't put it down. It is a very good book to read for young and old. My daughter loves reading this book. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
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Amber, March 19, 2008 (view all comments by Amber)
I've read other books by Dicamillo and feel that this may be her best. This is a book that begs (and deserves) to be read out loud. To the commentor who feels abuse was made light of, I would counter that nothing was made light of. This is a very serious book about very serious subjects--love, hope, and the connectedness of all creatures and events.
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by Publishers Weekly (Starred Review),
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From the author of Because of Winn-Dixie comes a fairy tale full of quirky, unforgettable characters, narrated with DeCamillo's trademark humor and heartbreaking poignancy. Illustrations.
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Kate DiCamillo introduces a hero for all time!
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 others lives. And what happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out.
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