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characters The Tale of Despereaux ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ð A brave mouse a covetous rat a wishful serving girl and a princess named Pea come together in Kate DiCamillo's Newbery Medal–winning taleWelcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling a mouse who is in love with music stories and a princess named Pea It is S named Pea It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light And it is the story of Miggery Sow a slow witted serving girl who harbors a simple impossible wish These three charac. OK so now that I've thought about what I really think about this book I'm changing my rating from 3 stars to 2 stars There was that I didn't like than I liked After hearing a lot good reports about this book I think I was expecting something different I liked the idea of the light versus dark I liked the unlikely friendship between the mouse and the princess I liked the forgiveness And I liked that it ended up happily ever after for the most part I started out reading this book aloud to my boys but I stopped reading to them after the first rat chapter and finished the book myself then gave them the condensed version picking up with the actual reading at the very end of the book They were disturbed and so was I by the unfeeling evil of the rats I felt even worse about the constant ear boxing and degredation of Miggery Sow I didn't go for another princess story without a mom Just like all the Disney movies Mom is deceased and Dad is oblivious And what about the mouse family Yikes I didn't like that the darkness in the story seemed to outweigh the light The rat and Miggery Sow chapters were simply unpleasant The lack of positive family feelings was sad And what is this about Miggery Sow and a big kitchen knife HmmI guess I was anticipating light More love More happy family feelings I realize that the negative was essential to make the contrast between light and dark but for me there was just too much dark and not enough light Especially for a prize winning book geared for young people

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A brave mouse a covetous rat a wishful serving girl and a princess named Pea come together in Kate DiCamillo's Newbery Medal–winning taleWelcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling a mouse who is in love with music stories and a princes. I picked this book up on a whim in the Barnes Noble because I liked the look of the cover and the jagged edges of the paper that gave it a classic feel I was looking for a new bedtime book to read to my children 2 and 6 at the time We like to read a bigger book one chapter each night for bedtime stories I read the description and thought it sounded like a good idea so I went ahead and bought it which is REALLY unusual for me I can be a cheapskate It is by far some of the best money I have ever spent The book is really that good While technically a children's story I could have read this as an adult before I had kids and loved the book just as much it is a story that is so beautiful classic and timeless The thing I think I love the most about her writing style is that she does NOT dumb anything down Not the language characters plot theme or anything The style is like a story teller telling you the story with some asides and speaking to the reader Which added so much to the story The book is paced perfectly there were many nights we all wanted to just keep reading and reading and the chapters are perfect breaking points I would not be surprised at all to find out that she purposefully chose the chapter breaks with nightly reading in mind there is a wonder cliff hanger feel to each chapter ending Every night my son would look at me with big eyes and say I wonder what is going to happen next The themes are very complex but everything is understandable even to young children my 2 year old daughter was able to follow along without too much difficulty but with a lot of word definitions I liked that it dealt with such big themes like duty and love and heartache and redemption and the reality of the world around you ie certain characters are not evil but mean sometimes people do stupid things that you can't fix etc I could go on all day about things that I loved and scenes that were so wonderful i can still see them in my head We have read this as a family for bedtime stories 3 times now And given the chapter a night pace and the size of the book that is no small feat This is a book that I will save and give to my grandchildren I can't recommend it enoughAlso check out The Journey of Edward Tulane we loved Despereaux but it is a very close call That book is very similar and also wonderful

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The Tale of DespereauxTers are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon up into a glittering castle and ultimately into each other's lives What happens then As Kate DiCamillo would say Reader it is your destiny to find out. Seeing the LightA Book Review of Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of DesperauxDespereaux Tilling is the most unusual mouse you’lll likely meet Conspicously small with considerable large ears he has always been seen as different an outsider among his own — a mouse drawn to music fascinated with stories and breaks the strict rule of their kind by falling in love with a human the Princess PeaRoscuro leads a normal rotten rat life in the dungeon his is a world of utter darkness Until one day when a match was lit in front of his face and he ventures upstairs in the castle he began to crave nothing but the color and light that he is denied and and so vows to make others miserable plunging them to the gloom which he is subjectedMiggery Sow “named after his fahter’s favorite prize winning pig” lost her mother when she was young Her father abandoned and sold her away to an old man who boxed the girl’s ear until she became hard of hearing Finally on a fateful stroke of fortune she came to the castle where she proved to be a slow witted servant But Mig has aspirations she has seen the Princess and wants to become herThese uniue assortment of characters will set out to an adventure and stumble into each others lives in Kate DiCamillo’s 2004 Newbery award winning novel The Tale of Despereaux For a long time I’ve looking for a children’s book that I will flat out love and this book has got to be itBeautifully told by a narrator that directly speaks to the reader it has a delicate magic about it that holds the yours attention from start to finish spellbound by the unfolding story page after page seize by its peculiar storyline that jumps backwards and forwards into certain events in the tale that leaves you anticipating for what’s going to happen nextKate DiCamillo’s voicetrimmed with wit and wisdom is wildly authorative — asking us uestions; showing us a thing or two about what is disappointment grief prejudice and forgiveness; sometimes instructing the reader to look up a particular word in the dictionary and pointing us about the conseuences of certain actions — while at the same over the top funny and confiding yet in a manner that doesn’t feel intrusive talks down to its reader or break the story’s pace It’s a wondeful storyteller’s voice that makes every word beg to be read aloudTimothy Basil Ering’s sprightly illustrations add dimension to its uirky characters and takes the reader a step beyond the world of Despereaux The book’s lovely design gives this fairy tale a mythic feel that contributes to its over all enjoymentOver and above what makes The Tale of Despereaux truly remarkable is that it boldly tackles weighty themes that regular children’s books would have avoided Given that this is a fairy tale with talking animals as its characters Kate DiCamillo dares to raise topics that are too close for comfort She doesn’t shy away from or sugar cost the darker aspects of her story by bringing to the fore subjects such as cruelties one can do to harm or hurt others violence child abuse and — the most awful of the lot — parental abandonment Through Despereaux’s story we see the pains of being different and his search for love and acceptance things that are not often freely given sadly sometimes by those who belong in our primal relationship or even by those who are close to us Dealing with these raw emotions in a way makes me feel that it may not appeal to some readers notable of which are parents who are cautious with what their children are reading and I at one see that this might not be an ideal bedtime story reading But well meaning parents please do check this one outFar from being gloomy The Tale of Despereax is a book that celebrates courage in believing in yourself honor redemption kindness compassion and forgiveness As a full bodied soup it warms and comforts the heart As an entrée the author serves up a satisfying meal in the grand tradition of the Grimm Brother’s fairy tales yet with distinction all its own and a balanced treatment of its main ingridient the darkness and light each eually important but with a decided appreciation towards the latter for just as the author declares “Stories are light” Yes I believe this story illuminates and will be cherieshed by children and child at hearts It shines onAnd how did it end you askIt may not end up in the way they exactly wished for as dreams aren’t realized in the way one hopes it to be Still one can create it in a way it is need and can be achieved in ways than one which goes to say that yes Gentle Reader each character deserves their own happily ever afterBook DetailsBook #9 for 2011Published by Candlewick PressHardcover First Edition 2003270 pagesStarted March 27 2011Finished March 27 2011My Rating★★★★★ See this book review on my book blog Dark Chest of Wonders and for many others