The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo

200px-The_Tale_of_DespereauxThis is a story about an odd mouse who falls in love with a princess and risks everything to save her from an odd serving girl and an odd rat. That’s probably the simplest way I can wrap up the plot.

This one didn’t appeal to me. I think it was just too young for me, despite the fact that I love children’s and YA lit. What particularly irked me was that the narrator spoke to the reader the whole time, asking them if they knew the definitions of certain words, asking them questions, etc. Maybe if I was younger, this wouldn’t have bothered me, but because I’m 29, I didn’t appreciate being addressed like I was 5. I understand that it’s a children’s book, but it got on my nerves. It got on my nerves so much, in fact, that I really paid little attention to the story itself.

I will say that I think this is going to make a great movie. The movie is supposed to come out next month, and I think it will be far superior to the book. It’s not often that I say that, but I do think this story will lend itself to film quite well. I think screenwriters have the opportunity to make something much bigger and better out of it.

There’s really not much more for me to say. I recommend the book for children.

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2 Responses to The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo

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