Hello everybody! Long time no see! Sorry about that, my schedule has been super busy and I haven’t had much time for reading…. Actually let me rephrase that. Lately the majority of my time has been spent reading, but just for school stuff.. I’m reading The Odyssey (by Homer) currently. Have any of you guys read The Odyssey? I have mixed feelings about it, so I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Over the summer I had to read The Tale of Despereaux for school. I actually started reading this last year as an audio book, but I just couldn’t get into it! So, when I saw this on my book list I wasn’t looking forward to reading it. Well, It turns out it is a much better book than audio book! I got a copy from the library and guess what? I didn’t hate it! I wouldn’t go so far to say that I love it, but it was tolerable, and there was a good discussion about it it class. We all had to pick which character we identified with the most and why, and then tell the whole class, but then my teacher threw us a curveball and said we had to present the reasons for the person next to us😄 It was fun! But now, on to the review:
Title: The Tale of Despereaux
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Age: 9-12 (This is what the author said. I would say its good for 9-13 or 14.)
The book starts off with the birth of a little mouse named Despereaux. Despereaux is a peculiar little mouse, who’s body is unusually small and his ears are unusually large. He also doesn’t partake in normal mouse activities. For example, he would rather read books than eat them. Because Desperaux isn’t quite like other mice, his life is changed just from hearing music. Because he heard this music, he met the princess. And because he met the princess, he gets into some pretty sticky situations. I won’t tell you about those though, nobody likes reading a spoiler.
This book is told in third person, so the narrator tells the point of view of the Desperaux, the rats of the dungeon, and Miggery Sow. Oh Miggery Sow… What a odd child.
I liked The Tale of Despereaux because Despereaux was a likable character. One of the reasons the book is better than the audio book is because of the illustrations! Despereaux is very cute in the drawings, and in my opinion, having a visual makes the character better, but also just because the story is sweet and interesting. That being said, it moves slowly for such a short book. Perhaps it’s because it switches between characters, but this book wasn’t one of those books that I just can’t out down. It didn’t captivate me as much as some other books have, but that also might be because it is under my age range.
So overall This book was okay, so- so. Not the best, but still enjoyable. So I am awarding it 3 of 5 stars!
So, Have you read The Tale of Despereaux?
If so, what were your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments!
See you soon!