The Tale of Despereaux

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This is a great book that kids of all ages will love to read. I had a really hard time putting the book down.

This is a great book that kids of all ages will love to read. I had a really hard time putting the book down. The main character, Despereaux, is born into a family where survival is everything and the only one who supports Despereaux is his mother. His brother and even his father don't want anything to do with him. He was born with very large ears, and had incredible hearing; however, he had no sense of fear. He goes against the rule of mice and ends up getting close to the princess of the castle and further breaks the rule by talking to her. Because of his desire to be with the princess takes over his judgment, Despereaux ends up going on a long, wild, and sometimes scary adventure to be close to the princess. He even sneaks into the library in the castle, and learns how to read.

 

Despereaux's brother betrays him, and gets him sent to the dungeon that is full of scary, mean rats all because he caught Despereaux wandering through the castle to be with the princess. Once he is thrown down in the dungeon, he falls into some rats, and scary things everywhere, but he never gives up his quest to find his friend, the princess. Despereaux shows how friends should treat each other with respect, and love. Like I mentioned in the beginning of this story, there is also the spool of red thread, and lots of soup.

 

Now, I don't want to give away the entire story, because I really loved this book, and I know you will too. The illustrations in the book are great and really add to this great story. This book won the John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children, and I strongly recommend it to kids of all ages, whether you can read it on your own, or get your parents to read with you, this book is awesome. Kate DiCamillo also is the author of "Because of Winn Dixie," which is also a really great book.