Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux
by Kate DiCamillo

When Despereaux is born, he is the smallest mouse with the biggest ears anyone had ever seen.  On top of that, he never acts mouse-like.  Instead of scurrying and hiding from people, he sits in the light and even dares to talk to Princess Pea!  He is definitely not the normal mouse.  Because he is endangering other mice by his actions, he is banished to the castle dungeon where the rats live.  Trembling he journeys down into the darkness.

This was a very cute story!  I loved Despereaux's courage and hopefulness.  He is a great character that while hopeful and optimistic, also faces his sadness and trials.  I like how even the evil characters in this book had sides to them that redeemed them.  This would be a great book to read out loud to a child starting chapter books, or to have the early chapter book reader read for themselves!  

Over all, I really like the book and would recommend to anyone!