From the book jacket: 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.
From the master storyteller who brought us Because of Winn-Dixie comes another classic, a fairy tale full of quirky, unforgettable characters, featuring twenty-four stunning black-and-white illustrations by Timothy Basil Ering, in an elegant design that pays tribute to the best in classic childrens books and bookmaking traditions.
Comment: There are an awful lot of children's books out there about mice including such classics as Stuart Little and the Redwall series. In fact, one could be led to believe that the children's book market was saturated when it comes to stories about rodents - but think again! The Tale of Despereaux is a very charming story about a very charming mouse with lots of twists and turns and old-fashioned chivalry, perfect for 7-12 year olds, and great to read aloud.
This review is from the April 20, 2006 issue of BookBrowse Recommends. Click here to go to this issue.
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