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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread Hardcover – August 25, 2003
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The first book of four tells Despereaux's sad story, where he falls deeply in love with Princess Pea and meets his cruel fate. The second book introduces another creature who differs from his peers--Chiaroscuro, a rat who instead of loving the darkness of his home in the dungeon, loves the light so much he ends up in the castle& in the queen's soup. The third book describes young Miggery Sow, a girl who has been "clouted" so many times that she has cauliflower ears. Still, all the slow-witted, hard-of-hearing Mig dreams of is wearing the crown of Princess Pea. The fourth book returns to the dungeon-bound Despereaux and connects the lives of mouse, rat, girl, and princess in a dramatic denouement.
Children whose hopes and dreams burn secretly within their hearts will relate to this cast of outsiders who desire what is said to be out of their reach and dare to break "never-to-be-broken rules of conduct." Timothy Basil Ering's pencil illustrations are stunning, reflecting DiCamillo's extensive light and darkness imagery as well as the sweet, fragile nature of the tiny mouse hero who lives happily ever after. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson
From School Library Journal
Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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As some reviewers have pointed out, there are some dark and sad elements to the story. There is loss and betrayal and cruelty. If you are uncomfortable exposing your kids to that, you might want to read this yourself before reading it to them, and think about how you will talk about those things. But there is also courage and forgiveness and kindness, and a lot of heart. You should be prepared to take your kids on a deeper emotional and moral journey than you'll find in most children's books, and if you're up for that, this book is a great guide and a brilliant tale.
Our favorite parts were when Despereaux the brave mouse falls in love with the Princess, and he is willing to do anything to save her from the evil rats. There were evil rats, a death in a family and plenty of perfidy in this story. But as the quest goes on, Despereaux becomes a brave mouse. The one thing we would caution to other readers, is that some parts are emotional and could bring you to tears. And sometimes it can be confusing the way the story goes backwards and forwards from the present tense. Would we recommend this book? Yes, if you think you’d like a story about a brave, little mouse who has such a big quest ahead of him. We rate this book at 5 stars.
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This book has a good number of pages - but the writing is large, and the chapters very short which makes for lovely convenient breaks which I like - but be warned; your breaks shall not be very long! I found myself saying `just one more chapter' to myself before I would put it aside for any reasonable length of time! In fact, I was so delighted with this novel, I immediately went to look on Amazon, and purchased another by this same author! Now; you will understand the importance in this for me, when I say that I NEVER do this as a rule - no matter how good the book, and so this really must say something about this fabulous read!
The story is tremendously imaginative and full of atmosphere - little mice scuttling along skirting boards and inside wall crevices - rats in dungeons and so on, and whilst I do agree (to a point) about the little distractions when the author intervenes and talks as to the reader can be a little irritant (for those of you who have complained in their reviews about it) I too have to confess at suffering the same feeling initially, and though it did throw me just a little at the outset, I soon became used to it (quite more than I thought I would) and actually enjoyed that side of it eventually! After all; it's a long long time since anyone read me a story, and so I viewed it that way, and felt after all it was a nice and unique touch from this great children's writer, which made the whole read quite different and a whole new experience for me! I just LOVED the writer's touch when not only did she state that `Despereaux's' mother was a French mouse - but she went on to explain how a French mouse came to be in England! I thought that bit was quite enchanting and lovely!
Absolutely delightful, and I can well imagine many children being totally enthralled and immersed in the adventures of little `Despereaux' - the lovely `shrewish', yet brave little mouse!
LOVED IT - and for the first time in my life, it had me hoping there would be a second book! (normally I don't entertain them) Must say something!
Recommended for ANY age group!
This story is about a princess whose mother died because of a rat named Chiaroscuro,
And a girl named Miggrey sow whose mother died when she was 6 years and her father had sold him to man who use take care of his shop for just a handful of cigarettes table cloth and hen, and she serve’s the palace and who is entertains foolish dreams .
It also a story about a mouse with long ears and had his birth with his eyes opened named Desperaux
HOW WAS THE STORY?
This story is incredibly cool , brilliant and enchanting and it is also the best story i have read and if anyone starts reading it he can’t put it down back, it also has the power to make us change our minds and it is full of charm, this is an heroic story of goodness and courage outsmart evil
WHICH IS THE FAVOURITE PART OF THE STORY?
The favorite part of mine in this story was the mouse Deperaux was born with his eyes open and how his parents, grandparents, sisters and brother were shocked. My second favorite part of mine in this was when the mouse Deperaux had made his way out of the dungeon , when the cook saw him and did not beat him instead he started laughing and he was surprised when the cook started crying because last when he saw the cook last time she had told Miggrey Sow the servant of the dungeon who use to take food over there , beat the mouse with knife and kill it the cook had said to Miggrey but instead she had only cut his tail . `
What Do You Think About The Story?
The story Dexperaux is really a terrific story I think KATE DICALLIMO is imagining how will the world of a rat, a mouse who loved the princess, the king who use to play guitar and the servant of the dungeon whose mother died when she was 6 years and her father had sold him to man who use take care of his shop for just a handful of cigarettes table cloth and hen. Please read this story my dear friends I really suggest you to only read this book no other books or you can read other books of KATE DICALLIMO
Bye! Have a nice time reading it!
Como em qualquer adaptação, o livro traz muito mais detalhes do que a animação, mas o que me chamou a atenção foi que há no livro espaço muito maior para expor o personagem, e uma delicadeza no texto, juntamente com a narrativa. Valeu muito o investimento! Se você gostou do desenho com certeza vai curtir muito o livro!