August 24, 2006
The Tale of Despereaux - by Kate DiCamillo
This is an epic story by Kate DiCamillo, author of such wonderful books as Because of Winn-Dixie and Tiger Rising. It tells the tale of the young, brave mouse, Despereaux Trilling, and his quest to find his own human princess. Another story happens in the book, that of an evil rat, and when the stories of these two main characters collide, hold on to your seat. This book is a grand, swashbuckling adventure, but uses some confusing vocabulary (for the elementary reader), and some awkward, fancy writing that doesn't make it the easiest book to read. Those who persist, though, will find their reading efforts were worthwhile, because the ending brings everything together beautifully.