the tale of despereaux

The Tale of Depereaux is one of those books that I’ve been meaning to read for quite awhile, and I’m so glad I finally did.  Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal winning novel is an incredibly adorable fairy tale, and a book that is absolutely meant to be read aloud.   Fortunately, I had audiobook reader Graeme Malcolm to read it aloud to me, and I don’t think I could have enjoyed it more.

Despereaux Tilling isn’t like the other mice in the castle.  He’s too small, except for his ears, which are too big.  He was born with his eyes open, and instead of learning about normal mice things, like how to scurry for crumbs, he wants to read story books and listen to music. But it is falling in love with the princess that gets him into real trouble.

DiCamillo’s wonderful story about this tiniest of protagonists is beautifully spun.  As Despereaux’s fate collides with that of the Princess Pea, the servant girl Miggery Sow, and a rat with a vengeful wish, the reader (or listener) is taken on an enchanted journey of light and darkness, hope and desperation, and courage and fear.  Definitely a fun read — especially for anyone who has thought “Once upon a time” to be magical words.

WHO: Kate DiCamillo
WHAT: The Tale of Despereaux
WHERE: Library
WHEN: February 2010
WHY: Newbery award winner
HOW: Audiobook

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~ by Molly on February 17, 2010.

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