Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Book cover: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Leading off with my reading of selected titles in Oregon Battle of the Books, The Tale of Despereaux came home with me this week from the Bellview library media center.

Written by Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux is the story of a mouse inspired by tales of chivalry to devote himself to a princess. Horror of horrors, he lets himself be seen by humans and even speaks to the princess and her father.

The council of mice sentences Despereaux to be cast into the palace dungeon. A rat and serving girl also yearn for something more than society dictates they must be.

The book struck a chord; like so many of the characters in this story, I did not fit in with the “norm.” I believe the book will be of solace to readers who feel misunderstood because they are different.

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