#22 The Tale of Despereaux

04 Apr

The tally of enjoyable books featuring mice/rats on our Top 100 Childrens Books list has officially reached 2.  You might recall that I was a bit wary about Mrs. Frisy and the Rats of NIMH, but ended up enjoying it tremendously.  The outcome was similar with #22 on our list.

My first time reading The Tale of Despereaux was soon after reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane for the first time, as I was wanting to read more by Kate DiCamillo.  I remember getting a tall glass of iced coffee and getting comfy on my porch to sit down and read this book.  A few hours later, my coffee was gone and I had no idea how much time had passed, nor where my husband was or if I had missed any important meetings or whatnot, all because I had loved this book that much.  I got caught up in the fabulous mouse protagonist Despereaux and his tremendous desire to please and love the princess.  Told in a modern day fairy tale style, the third person voice is a bit strange as the author talks to the reader, but I found it quite endearing.  With just a touch of evil mixed in, I feel as if this book is a great read-aloud to children to discuss human nature and the triumph of good over evil.

I was also more than thrilled to purchase a beautiful hardcover version of this book on my trip to Chicago, a version that I hope to read to my children and grandchildren for years to come.

The Tale of Despereaux

by Kate DiCamillo

Originally published in 2003


Posted by on April 4, 2011 in top 100 children's books


4 responses to “#22 The Tale of Despereaux

  1. marisd

    April 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

    wonderful post! it makes me want to curl up today with a hot cup of coffee and read it given the overcast skies and the cold, blustery wind!

  2. thatcovergirl

    April 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Have you seen the movie for this? When it came out I wanted to read the book first. Still haven’t gotten around to reading or watching the film, but hope to some day!

    Very cool how you see it as a read-aloud. I’m always interested in read-alouds as I want to do this with my kids some day!

    • literarywife

      April 7, 2011 at 9:56 am

      I have not seen the film because I loved the book so much, I didn’t want it to be ruined by the film. This book is definitely a great read-aloud!

  3. Adriana

    June 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I’m reading it right now! It’s so good. I kind of don’t want to watch the movie either for the same reason.


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