Before we begin, I just want to say that, initially, I wanted to read this book because I’ve recently discovered that mice make the best heroic companions. As some of you may know, The Tale of Despereaux is about a mouse who has a taste for more than just food, a rat who craves the light, and a poor serving girl who wants nothing more than to be a princess. Kate DiCamillo brings these three together in unlikely ways and keeps us entertained by addressing the reader as the story moves along.
For those of you who enjoy Kate DiCamillo’s books, I recommend The Tale of Despereaux, even though it’s for children, because she creates these lovable characters who are not wholly good or bad, making it easy to sympathize with them. This book is also great if you want a short and quick read. It took me one evening to finish, but I was nose deep in the book, so it really depends on how interested you are.
If you’re looking to give this as a gift, or tell others about it; It’s perfect for ages 7-13. It is also a winner of the John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. I hope this review has encouraged you to read this book, and if I had to give it a final rating…
IT’S A YES FROM ME!!